| Borussia Dortmund - Hannover 96 3:1 (1:0)|
|Season 2011/2012, Matchday 23, 26.02.2012 17:30|
|3-1- Lewandowski hits two in revenge win over 96 - Concerns about Bender´s injury|
|[26.02.] Borussia Dortmund set up a club record in registering their seventh consecutive win. In their 23rd Bundesliga game of the season they defeated Hannover 96 3-1 (1-0). Lewandowski (2) and Perisic were the scorers for the Champions who draw four points clear in exacting revenge for the loss in Hannover.|
|Johannes Vorspohl reporting|
A sold-out SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (80,720) witnessed a depressing start when Bender was forced to leave the field with what looked to be a broken nose after just eight minutes. BVB started slowly but grabbed the lead on 27 minutes through Lewandowski. He added a second within ten minutes of the start of the second half. A great strike by Ya Konan surprisingly brought Hannover back into the game on the hour. The referee then took centre stage when he chalked off a legitimate Lewandowski goal, then refused to award a penalty for a foul on Kagawa before Perisic, on as a substitute, finished things off in time added on.
First versus seventh and a meeting of the two teams with the longest unbeaten runs in the league. Since losing in Hannover, BVB had gone 16 games unbeaten garnering 42 of 48 points whilst Hannover arrived unbeaten in nine games. Of their last six meetings BVB had only lost one; the latest, 2-1 by conceding late goals.
|Quick-Comeback: Shinji Kagawa|
The day started with good news with Kagawa fit to return. That meant Barrios returned to the bench in the only change from the 1-0 win in Berlin. Both Leitner and Götze were unavailable through illness whilst the visitors from Lower Saxony were missing Pander, Andreasen and Carlitos.
Hannover started in a basic 4-4-2 to try to counter BVB´s 4-2-3-1 using Schlaudraff tucked in behind the front two. When not in possession, Diouf dropped back to make it five in the middle. All in all the visitors started much more offensively than had been anticipated.
The Game and Analysis:
|A blow in the opening minutes as Bender goes off with suspected broken nose.|
With just five minutes gone, the game was stopped when, in central midfield, Bender was caught in the face by Diouf´s flying boot. The midfielder, who had only recently suffered a jaw break in the game against Arsenal, had to leave the field covered in blood. Gündogan replaced him a couple of minutes later.
BVB created the first chance on fifteen minutes after the game had started sluggishly when a free-kick from Kuba led to Lewandowski just failing to capitalise on great play by Hummels and Großkreutz. Gradually BVB began to dominate but clear-cut chances were rare.
That, however, was soon about to change... and how?! Kuba won the ball in his own half before Piszczek sent Lewandowski through the inside right position to fire home at the near post from some ten yards out. The Pole´s fifteenth goal of the season may have taken a slight deflection to fly past Zieler on 27 minutes.
BVB now dominated proceedings and began to create goal-scoring opportunities. On 36 minutes Kagawa chested down a Piszczek cross into the path of Schmelzer whose effort flashed wide of the goal. Four minutes later a Lewandowski effort came back off the post to the feet of Piszczek who was foiled by Zieler; Lewandowski´s follow up effort was chalked off offside. Just before the break Kuba just failed to find Lewandowski having been set free by Kagawa. To be fair, BVB could have been further ahead at half-time.
Not much changed at the start of the second half and the second goal duly arrived courtesy of the Polish goal machine! A cross from Piszczek was played back by Kuba and Lewandowski coolly slotted home to make it 2-0 on 54 minutes.
|Really put his toe through the ball to strike the first goal: Lewandowski!|
Anyone who thought that that was the clincher was sorely mistaken because out of nowhere Hannover opened their account when Ya Kanon sent a shot from some twenty-five yards beyond Weidenfeller into the top corner on the hour.
BVB responded immediately when : Gündogan fed Großkreutz who quickly sent in Lewandowski to score his third only to turn and find that the referee had disallowed the goal, mistakenly as proved on tv, for offside.
BVB were now pressing for the decider and soon the referee was again asked to make a call when Kagawa was brought down in the box. Again, he got it wrong as he waved play on. The game was now bubbling but BVB managed to control proceedings quite well with Barrios being denied with ten minutes to go.
The German Champions did not sit back and so it was fitting that in time added on Perisic got onto the end of a Kuba free-kick to make it 3-1.
Teams & Goals
Bundesliga, Matchday 23
BORUSSIA DORTMUND - HANNOVER 96 3-1 (1-0)
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Kehl - Kuba, Kagawa, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Hannover 96: Zieler - Cherundolo, Eggimann, Pogatetz, Schulz - Pinto - Stindl, Schmiedebach - Schlaudraff - Diouf, Abdellaoue
Substitutions: 8. Gündogan for Bender, 77. Barrios for Lewandowski, 87. Perisic for Kagawa - 59. Ya Konan and Rausch for Abdellaoue and Schlaudraff, 76. Stoppelkamp for Pinto
Goals: 1-0 Lewandowski (27., Piszczek), 2-0 Lewandowski (54., Kuba), 2-1 Ya Konan (60., Diouf), 3-1 Perisic (90.+2, Kuba)
Corners: 4-2 (HT 2-0), Chances: 11-4 (5-1).
Referee: Gräfe (Berlin), Yellow Cards: Schmelzer, Kehl, Gündogan - Diouf, Schmiedebach, Stindl, Ya Konan
Attendance: 80.720 (sold out), Weather: cloudy, 7 degrees
The next home game is less than six days away! FSV Mainz 05 are the visitors to the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK next Saturday (kick off 18:30 CET).