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October 19, 2013 9:30 AM EDT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ P. Gagelmann‎
Attendance:‬ 80645‎
 
4′ (PG) Marco Reus
 
Top of the Match
Marco Reus
Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund
Flop of the Match
Sebastien Pocognoli
Sebastien Pocognoli
Hannover 96
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hannover: Early Reus penalty sees BVB return to winning ways

The visitors' goalkeeper, Ron-Robert Zieler, is to thank for the Schwarzgelben not triumphing by a far greater margin at Signal Iduna Park

Robert Lewandowski Erik Durm Nuri Sahin Sven Bender Kevin Großkreutz Borussia Dortmund Hannover 96 Bundesliga
AFP
Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways as an early Marco Reus penalty downed Hannover in Saturday's 1-0 win.

The Germany international converted in just the fourth minute to seal the points, with Ron-Robert Zieler in the Hannover goal to thank for keeping the score close for the remainder.

After slumping to its first Bundesliga loss of the season before the international break with a 2-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach, Dortmund was looking to bounce back immediately at Signal Iduna Park, and included Sokratis Papastathopoulos in place of the suspended Mats Hummels in the heart of defense.

Dortmund started at a frightening pace, and won a penalty within three minutes as neat interplay tore Hannover's defense open and full back Erik Durm was felled by Hiroki Sakai.

Reus made no mistake with the spot kick, firing into the top corner for his fifth league goal of the season.

On 13 minutes, Hannover looked to hit back with its only clear chance of the first half but Artur Sobiech's left-footed strike was saved comfortably by Roman Weidenfeller in goal.

Dortmund continued to press relentlessly, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the heart of its good play. The Armenian set up chances for Reus and Kevin Grosskreutz, but they could not find a way past Zieler.

The goalkeeper was again called into action just past the half-hour, comfortably saving Reus' free-kick to his right to keep Hannover within reach at the break.

The away side came out for the second half with a renewed confidence and went close on 51 minutes through the dangerous Sobiech, but the striker steered over the bar from a Szabolcs Huszti cross.

In an open start to the second half, Lewandowski forced Zieler into a smart stop on 55 minutes with a fierce left-footed drive as the hosts continued to be frustrated.

With the game still tight, Hannover almost spoiled the party for Dortmund and saw two attempts from Edgar Prib and Deniz Kadah both rebuffed by the hosts.

The game finished as lively as it had started with 90th-minute substitute Julian Schieber almost finding Lewandowski in the box in the dying moments but the game finished just in Dortmund's favor, Jurgen Klopp's side remaining a point behind table-topper Bayern Munich.

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Borussia Dortmund

1
Roman Weidenfeller
Goalkeeper
94′
3.50
4
Neven Subotic
Defender
3.00
25
3.00
37
Erik Durm
Defender
3.50
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
2.50
10
Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Midfielder
80′
2.00
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
4′ 66′
3.50
18
Nuri Sahin
Midfielder
3.00
19
Kevin Großkreutz
Midfielder
3.00
9
1.50
17
2.50

Hannover 96

3.50
1
3.00
4
3.00
5
Salif Sané
Defender
32′
1.50
18
3.50
19
3.50
25
Marcelo
Defender
3.00
2
Leon Andreasen
Midfielder
3.00
7
Edgar Prib
Midfielder
2.50
10
3.00
28
Lars Stindl
Midfielder
2.50
9

Substitutes

20
 - 
21
Oliver Kirch
Midfielder
 - 
29
 - 
-
 - 
7
Jonas Hofmann
Midfielder
80′
3.00
16
2.50
23
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Substitutes

 - 
14
Markus Miller
Goalkeeper
 - 
8
 - 
15
 - 
-
Adrian Nikci
Midfielder
3.00
32
 - 
13
2.50
18

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Tayfun
Coach
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Bayer Leverkusen
15 2