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March 24, 2012
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: G. Winkmann
• Attendance: 69000
T. Kroos 36'
M. Gómez 68'
D. Ya Konan 74'
90' + 5'
THE GAME IS OVER! Toni Kroos was the star of the show today as he opened the scoring in the first half and assisted Mario Gomez strike after the break. Substitute Didier Ya Konan gave Hannover a way back into the game in the 74th minute, but to no avail as Mirko Slomka's men succumbed to a defeat. Stay with us for our post-match materials, and do not forget to join us later for our live coverage of AC Milan - Roma. Bye, for now !
90' + 3'
Bayern Munich are wasting time around the corner flag with Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller passing the ball between each other with three Hannover players pressuring them.
90' + 2'
Free-kick for Bayern Munich after a foul on Ribery. The set-piece is taken quickly, and Gomez connects with a header, but his finish misses the target. Good chance for the hosts there.
90' + 1'
Zieler punches Ribery's left corner-bound shot, and the ball is cleared by Hannover.
Free-kick to Bayern Munich after Didier Ya Konan hacked down Thomas Muller. Ribery is behind the ball.
Yellow Card Didier Ya Konan
MULLER! GREAT INTERVENTION BY CHERUNDOLO! Muller stole the ball just outside the box and found himself with only Ron-Robert Zieler to beat. He round the goalkeeper, but Cherundolo tracked back and managed to clear with a sliding challenge.
BOATENG! NEUER! Superb goalkeeper by the former Schalke man! Boateng diverted a cross from the left into the direction of the left corner, but Neuer pulled off an amazing reflex save to prevent his team from conceding.
The Bayern Munich players are protesting furiously as Thomas Muller brings down Emanuel Pogatetz. The fans are not to thrilled with what is happening on the pitch either.
Stindl wins a a soft free-kick from Gustavo outside the box, much the Brazilian's, and the Bayern Munich's fans dismay. Christian Pander sends the ball way over the bar as Neuer can breathe a sigh of relief.
HANNOVER AGAIN! Mame Biram Diouf escapes Boateng and heads the ball at goal, but his finish is poor and flies over the bar. This was a clear-cut chance for the 96ers, who nearly equalised there.
Thomas Muller is warming up on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Mame Biram Diouf tries an opportunistic shot from a very tight angle on the right, and his finish flies over the bar.
A bad mistake by Boateng, who left Ya Konan out of sight for a just a moment, but was punished for his negligence.
Assist Mame Biram Diouf
Goal Didier Ya Konan
GOAL! HANNOVER PULL ONE BACK! A cross from the right was headed by Diouf into the path of Didier Ya Konan, who bicycle-kicked into the net from outside the six-yard box.
GOMEZ! Once again superb play by Gomez, who managed to leave Cherundolo and Eggimann in his wake before sending a cross across goal from the byline, which no Bayern Munich player could tuck in the net.
Superb goal by Gomez, and one he really deserved. Bayern Munich have looked a notch more dangerous since his introduction, and he really deserved bagging a goal after the was denied by the post in 64th minute.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal M. Gómez
GOAL! GOMEZ! SUPERB GOAL! Luiz Gustavo intercepted a stray pass in the centre of the pitch, and quickly picked out Kroos, who in turn found Gomez. The Germany internatonal neutralised Pander and Pogatetz with a clever dribble before slotting past Ron-Robert Zieler with a skillful finish.
Didier Ya Konan
Abdellaoue, who has been fairly inefficient upfront has been replaced by Didier Ya Konan.
GOMEZ! POST! Very unlucky for the Germany international! Gomez was released on the left, raced past Cherundolo and applied an almost impeccable finish, which beat Zieler to the near post, but rebounded off the post and then off the goalkeeper's back, but did not enter the net.
Another substitute is warming up for Hannover. Mercurial striker Didier Ya Konan is having a jog on the sidelines.
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Mario Gomez replaces Ivica Olic, while Sergio Pinto makes place for former Bayern Munich man Jan Schlaudraff.
Kroos takes a free-kick on the left, just outside of Hannover's penalty box. The Germany international delivery, however, is somewhat poor and the pass is easily cleared from the penalty area.
There it is. Tymoshchuk replaces Pranjic for Bayern Munich. Considering the limited number of opportunities the Croatian has had this season, it will not be surprising if this was his last appearance for the Bavarians in an official game.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is warming up on the sidelines, but it is anyone's guess who he might replace. The best bet is probably Danijel Pranjic, who has been anonymous so far.
Pander tries a looping pass for Konstantin Rausch and he manages to release the midfield, who is, however, blocked by Jerome Boateng near the left touchline.
Cherundolo races down the right wing a tries to cross the ball, but sends it flying into the stands. Horrible attempt by the United States of America international.
Franck Ribery is released by Toni Kroos with a marvelous 30-yard-through-ball, but the Frenchman is blocked by Emanuel Pogatetz. amidst suspicions of shirt-pulling from the Austrian.
The second half begins ...
45' + 2'
The first half is over! Toni Kroos gave the Bavarians the lead just after the half-hour mark and Bayern Munich are looking very comfortable on a rainy afternoon at the Allianz Arena. Jupp Heynckes' men created a plethora of chances, but failed to convert all, but one of them, while Hannover are struggling to make their presence felt in midfield. Can Mirko Slomka's man revert the result? Join us after the break to find out ...
HORRIBLE MISS, JUST HORRIBLE! Olic is picked out all alone in the centre of the box, and is left with a simple finish with the goal wide open. He failed to score, however, and it is hard to say what he tried to do there, but he ended on the ground with the ball trickling wide of the left post.
OLIC! The striker is once again released in a one-on-one with Zieler, and is once again stopped by the goalkeeper as he attempted to round him. Bayern Munich win a corner, which leads to nothing.
Robben with a chance on the right side of the box, but he is foiled in his attempts to lob the goalkeeper as Zieler goes out and claims the ball before the Netherlands International could apply a finish.
Hannover are now in possession, but are struggling to break Bayern Munich's defence. Badstuber and Boateng have done a fairly good job neutralising the threat of Abdellaoue and Diouf so far.
This was a stunning move by Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, it has began to rain at the Allianz Arena.
Assist Arjen Robben
Goal Toni Kroos
GOAL! TONI KROOS GIVES BAYERN MUNICH THE LEAD! A superb attack by Alaba and Ribery on the flank saw the Frenchman pick out Robben near the the edge of the box, who in turn backheeled in the path of Kroos. The Germany international delivered a superb finish as he lobbed Zieler with an impeccable strike in the top left corner.
Abdellaoue tries an ambitious pass for Diouf on the left side of the box, but the Senegalese striker is flagged for offside.
The game has been evenly matched in the last 10 minutes or so as the teams are in a fierce battle in the centre of the pitch. In the stands, Daniel Van Buyten and Bastian Schweinsteiger are watching their Bayern Munich team mates.
DIOUF! First chance for Hannover! The Senegalese was picked out by Pinto with a good through-ball, the striker advanced to the edge of the box and fired a low shot for the right corner, which Neuer stopped easily.
Alaba storms down the left flank and whips in a cross from near the byline, but his delivery is easily claimed by Zieler in the penalty box, just ahead of Olic.
RIbery once again gets the better of Cherundolo on the flank, but Pogatetz is at the right place, at the right time to intercept the Frenchman's pass to Arjen Robben on the right side of the box.
Arjen Robben attempts to fool the officials with a thinly-veiled dive, which is spotted and the referee, The Netherlands international escapes without a yellow card here.
NEUER! WHAT A HOWLER! Boateng intercepted a pass deep in Bayern Munich's half and knocked it in the path of Neuer, who miscontrolled it, giving possession to Mame Biram Diouf. After a series of last ditch tackles by Bayern Munich defenders and their goalkeeper, the ball is finally cleared from the box.
RIBERY! WHAT A MISS! The Frenchman is picked out near the penalty spot by Toni Kroos, and under no pressure at all sends a low finish wide of the left post first time.
Olic has looked isolated since the early minutes of the game, when Bayern Munich were dominating. Can he be the Bavarians' lucky charm today once again?
In their first meaningful attack so far, the 96ers win three throw-ins on the right, deep in Bayern Munich's half, but fail to make the best of them as Hannover once again surrender possession.
The Bavarians are calmly passing the ball around, looking for space to exploit behind Hannover's defence. Mame Biram Diouf jumps with Boateng of the ball and catches the defender with his elbow, but the Manchester United man does not receive a yellow card.
Cherundolo was shown a yellow card for ungentlemanly pushing Ribery. Bayern Munich are all over Hannover right now, and the visitors seem to be unable to cope with the pressure.
Yellow Card Steven Cherundolo
BAYERN ON THE COUNTER-ATTACK AGAIN! Ribery is released with just two Hannover defenders left to bypass and Kroos and Robben on his two sides. Instead of picking out the unmarked Kroos, the Frenchman passes to the Netherlands international, who miscontrols the ball and then applies a poor finish.
Pranjic sees the yellow card after a sliding challenge Lars Stindl deep in Bayern Munich's half. Not the kind of impression he would like to make, considering his struggles to get more first-team action.
Yellow Card Danijel Pranjic
Olic once again finds himself behind Hannover's defence, but is flagged for offside as he was preparing a shot from inside the box.
OLIC! Superb chance! The Croatian managed to spring the offside trap and found himself in a one-on-one with Ron-Robert Zieler, but could only shoot low and straight at the goalkeeper from the left side of the box.
Lahm tries to break free on the right wing and delivers a cross, which is deflected by Christian Pander for a corner. Robben takes it, and after several deflections the ball is cleared from the box.
The first half begins ...
Hannover: Zieler; Cherundolo, Pogatetz, Eggimann, Pander; Stindl, Pinto, Schmiedebach, Rausch; Abdellaoue, Diouf.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Luiz Gustavo, Pranjic; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Olic.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of today's game between Bayern Munich and Hannover! Jupp Heynckes has apparently decided to rest some of his players ahead of the game against Olympique de Marseille next week with Danijel Pranjic and Ivica Olic featuring in the starting XI! Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez are on the bench for the match ... Here are the teams: ....
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