The former Manchester United man had one nervy moment when a shot almost slipped through his legs, but was on form otherwise. Denied Gomez thrice with great stops, and though he had the woodwork to thank on more than one occasion, played his part in the win.
The defender performed decently up until the midpoint of the first half, when he got involved in the scrap and picked up a yellow card. Afterwards, he was always walking on thin ice, and was withdrawn at halftime to prevent further repercussions.
Mixed bag from the skipper this afternoon. On one hand, he won his side a penalty and gave Lahm a fair bit of trouble with his overlapping runs. On the other hand, he was sent off for two avoidable indiscretions, a wild challenge following the first-half melee and a needless tug on Ribery’s shirt. His dismissal put his team under pressure in the final third of the game.
Seemed at ease when his side were a man up, but lost his positional sense on a few occasions after the second half red card. Did his job in the end, and put in one great last-ditch tackle on Gomez in the second half.
The left back put in an exemplary performance tonight, keeping Muller quiet for much of the game, and providing a consistent menace in the attacking third. On one of his many enterprising forays into enemy territory, it was his ranged effort that was deflected in for the second goal.
Defended well when his team had their full 11 intact, and assumed the captains armband when Cherundolo was sent off. Put under some pressure when it was 10 vs 10, but managed to hold his own for the most part and help his team secure the points.
Showed one brilliant piece of skill in the first half to evade a few Bayern bodies in the midfield, and was effective at pulling the strings all game with his passing.
A thorn in Bayern’s side, for more reasons than one. Not only did the winger prove a menace on the flanks with his direct running, but he also initiated the ruckus which led to Boateng’s red by going down easily after Rafinha’s first-half challenge. Booked for a challenge of his own on Schweinsteiger.
Was a willing runner all game long, and supplied a few good balls on the counter. However, he did not have the biggest impact and was withdrawn in the second half.
Made a lot of headway with his late runs into the box, and had two good chances in each half to add to his side’s tally, one of which hit the post. He was also energetic and uncompromising defensively, putting in tackle after tackle in the midfield.
Hit the post with the first genuine chance of the game, and made no mistake when he stepped up to take the penalty. He will be celebrating a happy birthday tonight, that’s for sure.
Made one great save from Stindl, but was otherwise a bit unconvincing between the posts. Helpless for Abdellaoue’s shot in the first half that hit the post and though he could do little about both goals, his reckless charge with the ball outside his box near the end nearly cost his team further embarrassment.
Had a few good overlapping runs down the right flank, but was unconvincing in his own half and was withdrawn for Alaba as Bayern pushed for a way back into the game.
Needlessly got involved in the first half melee after Rafinha’s challenge on Pinto and put his hands on the throat of a Hannover player and pushed. A red card offense, and the defender forced his team to play three quarters of the match with 10 men.
Though he did put in a few last-ditch tackles, especially late in the second half, the Bayern full back was given a bit too much trouble by Cherundolo’s runs, one of which led to the concession of the penalty.
Beaten for pace on more than one occasion, the defender looked largely shaky until his withdrawal late in the second half. Was part of a great first half attacking move with an astute and accurate crossfield pass.
As ever, controlled the game from deep with his passing and energy. However, he was caught out positionally on a few of Hannover’s counterattacks. He also hit the bar late on with an effort that would have given his side a share of the spoils.
Energetic and enthusiastic as always, the midfielder played his heart out for the cause. However, his own goal ended up deciding the game.
At times, his side’s most viable attacking threat. His passing was superb, putting Gomez through on a number of occasions and proving the most effective way to unlock the Hannover defence. Unlucky to see a first half shot smack off the crossbar from 20 yards out.
He started the game slowly, but grew into his role as time progressed. Never an easy cover, he was more effective in the second half when the defenders began to tire, though his gamesmanship on a few occasions left a lot to be desired.
Frustrating night for the Bayern striker. He made dangerous runs all game, and managed to keep himself onside for most of them. However, he had at least three guilt-edged chances to beat Zieler, but failed with every one. Withdrawn for Olic in the second half.
Largely invisible for much of the first half, the midfielder took advantage of the space afforded to him by Cherundolo’s dismissal to set up Bayern’s only goal. He looked much better when it was 10 vs 10, showing his usual intelligent link-up play and running.
- 21 S. Radlinger
- 5 M. Eggimann
Came on at half time for Schulz and was tidy on the ball, though he was exposed during the visitor’s second half surge.
Given a 20 minute run out, but did not impact the game much apart from his fresh legs.
- 8 A. Lala
- 17 M. Stoppelkamp
D. Ya Konan
Not enough time to influence things in his 10 minutes on the pitch.
- 22 H. Butt
Scored a goal and came close to a winner with the last kick of the game. Exactly the kind of impact you want from a substitute.
- 26 D. Contento
- 44 A. Tymoshchuk
- 23 D. Pranjić
Was quiet in his seven minutes on the pitch
Late replacement for Badstuber, but could not make an impact.