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October 7, 2012
• HDI-Arena, Hannover
Referee: P. Gagelmann
• Attendance: 49000
M. Diouf 86'
R. Lewandowski 26'
FULL TIME IN HANNOVER. A late goal from Mame Diouf has extended Hannover's unbeaten run at home in the league to 22 games. Dortmund now trail Bayern Munich by 9 points in the Bundesliga. 1-1 and probably a deserved point for both teams. Thank you for joining us on Goa.com! I'm Martin Macdonald, see you next time!
90' + 1'
Three minutes of stoppage time added. It definitely feels as if their could be another goal in this game. Both teams are going for it!
Huszti with a chance to steal the points! He picks up the ball on the right-hand side and attempts to pick out the top corner with a curler but it goes straight into the hands of Weidenfeller!
This could be so, so damaging for Dortmund. The Bundesliga champions simply cannot continue letting points slip with the domestic form that rivals Bayern Munich are in. Still time for another goal, however, for both sides.
Assist Didier Ya Konan
Goal Mame Biram Diouf
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR HANNOVER! Heartbreak for the visitors! Mame Diouf makes up for his earlier miss by getting on to a loose ball at the back post and swiveling quickly to turn the ball towards the far post with a left-footed strike! 1-1!
Kehl finds some space around 30 yards from goal and attempts to pick out the run of Piszczek in behind the Hannover defence on the right-hand side but it is slightly overhit and, despite the right-back's best efforts, it goes out for a goal kick.
Schmelzer fizzes the free kick to the near post but Hannover clear for a corner kick. This wont do, they need to get the ball up the other end.
Yellow Card Lars Stindl
Free kick to Dortmund in a dangerous position after Stindl cynically hacks down Mario Gotze on the right-hand side. The Hannover man picks up a deserved booking.
Yellow Card Jan Schlaudraff
Lewandowski is penalised at the back post for a foul on Cherundolo. Hannover let off the hook there as Grosskreutz had a free shot on goal had the foul not been given. End to end stuff here! Brilliant entertainment!
Sergio da Silva Pinto
WHAT A MISS FROM DIOUF!! An absolute sitter! Rausch drives down the left and gets to the byline and reverses a brilliant pass into the centre for the Senegalese striker but he somehow misses from two yards out and slides the ball straight into the hands of the grateful Weidenfeller!
Hannover's 21-game unbeaten run at home in the Bundesliga is in serious jeopardy here. They have just over 15 minutes to go to keep the run going.
Sven Bender has picked up a bit of a knock and will have to be replaced. Moritz Leitner will now partner Sebastian Kehl in the Dortmund engine room.
If Hannover are to get anything from this game, you feel Huszti will be vital to them getting back into it. He has registered three strikes and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season. Mirko Slomka's side have scored just four goals without the Hungarian's direct involvement.
Grosskreutz picks up the ball on the edge of the area and attempts to thread a pass through the middle for Gotze but it is just overhit and the 20-year-old cannot manage to keep it in play. Hannover goal kick.
Mame Biram Diouf
A positive change for Hannover now as Mame Biram Diouf is on in place of Sobiech.
Great defending from Eggimann and Haggui!! Gotze starts a counterattack with some fantastic trickery down the right and the ball eventually falls to Reus on the edge of the box who rifles a shot at goal but the Hannover central defenders both dive infront of the attempt to make the block!
Strong appeals from Hannover over a suspected handball in the box from Subotic. The referee waves play on and rightly so as the ball appeared to hit the Serbian on the top of the shoulder.
Grosskreutz goes on a pacey run down the left-hand side and attempts to slip a pass behind the Hannover defence but it is just overhit and Zieler manages to claim.
What a save from Weidenfeller!! Piszczek deflects the ball towards his own goal from a cross but his goalkeeper helps him out with a fantastic save to turn the ball round the post!
The Hannover fans give referee Peter Gagelmann a chorus of boos after that decision! They thought they were back in the match! The home side certainly on the ascendancy now!
GOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR HANNOVER!!!! WAIT! NO! Eggimann slots home after a corner kick but the referee disallows the goal because Ya Konan appeared to haul Schmelzer to the ground! A bit harsh but probably the right decision.
Yellow Card Steven Cherundolo
Gotze should have scored! The German breaks the Hannover offside trap and runs through on goal before taking the ball around Zieler! However, one touch too many allows the Hannover defence to get back in place to block the shot!
Piszczek hits the post! What a strike! He picks up the ball 20 yards from goal on the right hand-side and hits a sweet strike towards the bottom corner but it cannons off the woodwork and Hannover scramble it away!
Another chance for Hannover to get a ball into the box now. Subotic fouled Stindl right on the edge of the area on the left-hand side. Can the hosts make this count?
The ball is whipped in to the feet of Lewandowski inside the area and he attempts to bulldoze is way between Cherundolo and Eggimann but the Hannover duo remain solid and clear the ball out for a throw in.
A change to report at halftime for Dortmund. Jurgen Klopp has introduced Felipe Santana in place of Mats Hummels.
THE SECOND HALF IS UNDERWAY.
Very disappointing. Schlaudraff whips the ball in from the left wing but it goes straight by the far post and out for a Dortmund goal kick. The Hannover fans very frustrated with that one.
Halftime in Hannover. A solitary strike from Robert Lewandowski is the difference as we go into the break. Dortmund have been the better side and the lead is deserved but the hosts are have not been without chances of their own. Cracking game. See you in 15 minutes for the second half!
FANTASTIC CLEARANCE FROM PISZCZEK! Ya Konan receives a pass from Schlaudraff and takes the ball around Weidenfeller before shooting towards the empty net but the Polish international is there to clear the ball off the line! Superb defending!
Dortmund looking strong towards the end of the half here. Reus and Gotze are just starting to link up with a much higher tempo and Hannover look troubled. Can they sneak a second goal in before half time?
Lewandowski receives a pass inside and nutmegs Haggui before smashing a strike at goal. However, although the attempt had plenty of power, it lacked direction and the ball goes over the bar for a Hannover goal kick.
And Blaszczykowski wont be able to continue. Kevin Grosskreutz is his replacement.
A worry for Dortmund now as Blaszczykowski attempts to cross the ball in and goes down in a heap near the corner flag. He's got himself off the field to receive treatment. It doesn't look too good.
Bender should have done better. Mario Gotze sets the German up with a nice pass on the edge of the box and he side-foots the ball towards the top corner but it goes way over the bar. He had space so he should have tested Zieler.
How have Dortmund survived that! Weidenfeller makes a terrific save from a Jan Schlaudraff shot to the near post and the ball bounces along the goal line before Subotic's clearance cannons off a Hannover attacker and just goes wide of the net! Incredible!
Ya Konan attempts to trick his way into the Dortmund box but Marco Reus shows good determination to get back and nick the ball from the feet of the Ivory Coast striker. Subotic manages to clear.
Blaszczykowski goes close!!! Lewandowski leaves the ball on the edge of the area and the Pole steps up and whips a left-footed shot towards the bottom right corner but it goes a whisker by the post!
Assist Lukasz Piszczek
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR DORMUND!! Lewandowski scores his second league goal this season! Piszczek breaks the Hannover offside trap down the right and slides a perfect pass into the middle for the Pole who slotted home!
They cant. The ball is whipped in but Schmelzer manages to clear the ball to safety. Shouts of handball from the Hannover fans but it didn't look as if it touched the German's arm.
Free kick to Hannover in a very useful position after Subotic brings down Ya Konan with a late challenge around 30 yards from goal. Lets see if the hosts can make anything of this.
Dortmund calming things down a little now with a few calm passes around the defence in their own half. Probably a clever move as Hannover looked dangerous for a couple of minutes there.
Schmelzer gets to the byline and whips a superb cross to the front post but Eggimann clears the ball with a brilliant defensive header away. The hosts counterattack and the ball eventually finds its way to Sobiech but the Polish striker was flagged as offside. Not a lot in that.
Fantastic challenge from Subotic! Stindl latches on to pass in the inside right channel and attempts to fire a cross into Sobiech but the Serbian blocks the cross with a terrific tackle!
Hmm, perhaps Kehl is looking for a little revenge on Sobiech after being elbowed in the face by the Hannover man. The Dortmund captain just raked his studs down the shinpad of Sobiech in the follow through after a tackle.
Piszczek drives down the right but is robbed by Huszti and the Hannover man bursts down the wing. However, Blaszczykowski tracks back excellently and wins the ball back for the visitors.
The game has evened up slightly in the last few minutes. Not a lot of play is happening in the final third as its a bit of a midfield battle. Just aswell that Kehl has been re-introduced for Dortmund from the side of the pitch.
Yellow Card Artur Sobiech
First booking of the match and it goes to Sobiech. That looked a sore one on Sebastian Kehl! The Hannover man went up with his elbows a bit too high and caught the Dortmund captain square on the cheek! A small break in play as Kehl is seen to by the physios.
Great save from Weidenfeller!! Sobiech picks up the ball on the edge of the area and attempts to clip the ball into the top corner but the Dortmund goalkeeper backtracks and tips the ball over the bar!
Dortmund are currently 10 points behind Bundesliga leaders, Bayern Munich. Would it be too early to say that this is a must win game for Jurgen Klopp's men?
Good start to the match from Dortmund. Schmelzer and Piszczek in particular are showing a lot of ambition getting forward down both flanks. The hosts camped in their own half at the moment.
Zieler forced into a save with just 15 seconds gone! Marco Reus gets in front of the Hannover defence and glances a header towards the far post but Zieler palms the ball away! Nearly a nightmare start for the hosts!
AND WE ARE OFF!
The pre-match formalities are underway on the park and we are only a couple of minutes from kick-off now.
This is the starting XI of Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Kehl, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski
This is how Hannover will be lining up today: Zieler; Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Rausch; Sobiech, Stindl, Pinto, Huszti; Ya Konan, Schlaudraff.
THE TEAMS ARE IN.
Its all shaping up to be very interesting today.
Perhaps an even more encouraging stat for the hosts: Hannover have put together a 21-match unbeaten run at home in the league.
An encouraging stat for the away fans: Dortmund have scored at least two goals in at least nine of their last ten matches in the league, with only Nurnberg managing to limit them to one strike.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action today. Lets hope we see an entertaining match with plenty of goals!
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