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September 14, 2013
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: T. Stieler
• Attendance: 71000
M. Mandžukić 51'
F. Ribéry 64'
90' + 3'
FT: Bayern 2-0 Hannover - an easy win for Guardiola's men who go top of the Bundesliga briefly, thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic and Franck Ribery.
90' + 2'
MANDZUKIC! Denied again. Deft pass from Robben who slightly nudges forward for Mandzukic to give chase in the area. With Marcelo providing the pressure, he strikes horribly wide.
90' + 1'
Into the first of TWO additional minutes here at the Allianz Arena.
Shaqiri ploughs forward with options left right and centre. He opts for Alaba on his left, but the pass is overhit, and easy for Sakai to deflect away.
Bayern still pressing for a third, as Hannover struggle to contend with Robben and Shaqiri in the final few minutes. Good win it'll be for Pep's side.
SUBSTITUTION - FC Bayern: Toni Kroos is off for Jan Kirchoff, with the 22-year-old given a late runout in the midfield.
Five minutes to go and Robben is really coming alive in these late stages. Superb dribbling once again, with his fast feet bamboozling the Hannover defence, before Sane reclaims the ball and wins a free-kick.
Robben with a brilliant dribble into his box, drawing Pocognoli towards him, but the Belgian holds his own to concede the corner. Which eventually comes to nothing.
SUBSTITUTION - Hannover: Edgar Prib on for Jan Schlaudraff, the former Bayern Munich forward.
Edgar Prib again revives a flagging Hannover attack, but his strike goes wide to the left of Manuel Neuer's post. It'll be his last attack of the game, set to be substituted.
SUBSTITUTION - FC Bayern: Ribery goes off for Xherdan Shaqiri, as predicted about 20 minutes ago! Ten minutes left in this encounter at the Allianz.
A win for Bayern today, and they go back to the top of the Bundesliga, a point clear of Dortmund who kick off later today. It will be a fourth league win in five for Bayern, who will make another substitution.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bittencourt
ROBBEN! The full force of 'Robbery' felt by Hannover, who deny Bayern a third. Superb dribbling movement from the Frenchman to get past two defenders. Forward ball towards Robben emerging inside the area, and it's blocked by Sane.
Entering the final stages of the game at the Allianz Arena, and Bayern look very comfortable with a two goal lead.
ZIELER! Top save from the goalkeeper from Thomas Muller. Robben utilises the space left by Sakai on the wing, and delivers a cross. Towards Muller, whose strike is well parried by the goalkeeper.
Hannover still toiling as they search for a goal to get back into this match. But they do so, leaving sizeable gaps at the back. Could be a worry, can Bayern punish?
Couple of substitutions over the last few minutes has slowed the tempo of the game. Schmiedebach hoping to pick up where Ya Konan left off, as Hannover's best chance for a goal.
SUBSTITUTION - FC Bayern: Dante is on for Jerome Boateng.
Didier Ya Konan
SUBSTITUTION - Hannover: Manuel Schmiedebach is on for Didier Ya Konan.
Hannover attempt to issue a response. Prib making progress on the wing, as the ball from Stindl is delivered towards Ya Konan, with Van Buyten conceding the corner instead.
Goal Franck Ribéry
GOAL - Bayern 2-0 Hannover: Poor defending from Hannover once again. Marcelo the culprit, as he takes a swipe at the ball allowing Robben to be released on the edge of the area. The initial strike is saved by Zieler who spills, as Ribery tucks it into the far corner. Neat.
Ribery with the effort from the edge of the area, and it rises over the bar. Not a good attempt from the Frenchman in such a prime area. Power rather than accuract.
Rafinha restarts play from the wing as Hannover quickly reclaim the ball in search of their equaliser. Slomka looks genuinely stumped on the touchline.
Pep Guardiola's side comfortable in possession, forcing Hannover to advance towards them as we approach the hour mark. 1-0 in Munich, thanks to Mandzukic's goal just after the break.
Boateng! Almost an own goal from him too. Lovely dribbling from Edgar Prib on the edge of the area. Some quick feet, as he delivers into the danger zone but Boateng gets a swing at it, and it goes wide.
Xherdan Shaqiri warming up again on the touchline, and it looks like the Switzerland international will come on - perhaps for Ribery with Bayern looking towards the return of the Champions League.
Corner to Bayern, as Stindl takes a knock. Delivered in from Robben and met powerfully by Daniel van Buyten, who heads over the bar.
It took all of six minutes for Bayern to score from the restart, as they finally get past a solid Hannover defence. Nice movement from Robben, and an equally good pass from Kroos to set up Mandzukic.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Mario Mandzukic
GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-0 Hannover: Nice finish from Mario Mandzukic who finally breaks the deadlock. Good move started from Robben out wide, another pass into the Croatian who strokes the ball into the net. 1-0 Bayern.
Yellow Card Edgar Prib
Yellow card - Prib: Edgar Prib is booked for a late challenge on Ribery, denying him the chance to break.
BITTENCOURT! What's going on in the Bayern area? Poor defending all around. Fantastic delivery from Prib which leaves Neuer nowhere, headed away off the line from Boateng, before Stindl's ball back into the box sees Boateng thwart Bittencourt again.
Kroos with the challenge on Bittencourt out wide, and Hannover have a free-kick in a good position on the far side. Prib standing over this one.
YELLOW CARD - Boateng: His first of the season, after his third foul in the game. Meanwhile, Shaqiri warms up on the touchline.
Yellow Card Jerome Boateng
Marcelo concedes a corner, to be taken by Robben, but it's the same defender who gets the ball away at the first attempt. Delivery far too close to the near post, and an easy one for the Brazilian.
Referee Tobias Stieler gets us going for the second half, as Bayern attack from left to right. Immediately, Ya Konan concedes a foul.
The sides emerge from the tunnel for the second half. Let's hope for a better footballing spectacle!
A late shot from Toni Kroos is saved by Zieler, as the referee blows for HT. It's been a poor half from the hosts, with the visitors looking strong in defence. Ya Konan came closest hitting the bar, with Andreasen almost scoring a stunning own goal for the hosts. Join me again in 15'
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: FC Bayern Munich 0-0 Hannover 96
Corner to Bayern. Taken by Arjen Robben towads the near post, but Pocognoli on hand to get the ball away. Into additional time, and there'll be ONE minute.
Kroos powers forward, and tees up Alaba on the left. Another threatening ball from the wing towards Mandzukic, but again it evades everyone. Frustrating once again.
MANDZUKIC! Not had a productive half, but that was a good chance. Lovely ball in from the left, the Croatian rises highest, and it's headed into the arms of Ron-Robert Zieler.
YA KONAN! Oh, what a strike. Hits the crossbar! Rafinha caught dallying on the ball and Ya Konan uses his strength to claim the ball and send a powerful strike off the crossbar via a deflection from Sobiech it seems.
NEUER! Good save at the other end from the Bayern man. Stindl with a good pass forward for Prib to chase, but Neuer races off his line to claim possession. Brilliant.
MULLER! What a chance for Bayern. The Hannover defence caught out for the first time, as the forward bears down on goal from the right. His low ball towards the centre finds no-one.
Kroos crowded out and forced back as Bayern continue to toil. It was a piece of good control from Robben out wide to bring the ball in, but Sane on hand to push the hosts back.
Bayern win a corner after Andreasen deflects away a Ribery chance. Drifted in from the Frenchman, and headed away at the first attempt.
Yellow Card Marcelo
Yellow Card - Marcelo: The Hanover defender concedes a free-kick with a late challenge on Mario Mandzukic who is in a bit of pain. The defender meanwhile, is booked.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Yellow Card - Kroos: The Bayern midfielder is booked for a rough challenge. Meanwhile, a cross in from the right from Bittencourt is too close for Neuer.
Half-hour mark passed at the Allianz Arena in Munich, and it remains Bayern 0-0 Hannover 96 here. Pretty average first half to be honest, with one notable chance.
Sobiech concedes a foul with a late lunge. Taken quickly by Robben, towards Kroos and then Alaba. But a long ball up for Muller to give chase fails, as Hannover restart with a goal-kick.
Yellow Card Franck Ribéry
YELLOW CARD - Ribery: Referee Tobias Stieler returns to the foul made by the Frenchman on Sobiech moments ago. Doesn't miss a trick, does he?
POCOGNOLI! Over the bar. Good movement from the full-back who works himself a bit of space to get the ball away. From distance though, and it's always rising.
SOBIECH! Chance of the game so far for the visitors. Great delivery from the left. An inswinger which Bayern fail to deal with, as Sobiech gets the slightest of touches to divert the ball wide.
Hannover win a corner through Ya Konan after his speculative ball into the box is charged down. It's Prib over the set-piece.
Ribery reprimanded for a foul on Sakai, as Schweinsteiger looks on with interest on the touchline. Pep Guardiola's side have been average in the first half thus far.
Rafina cuts in on his left, towards Kroos in the middle, who in turn sets up Alaba to work some magic on the wing. The ball in is poor, as Hannover recover and clear.
ANDREASEN! Almost the most outrageous own goal you'll see. Robben cuts in from the right, but the ball takes a superb deflection off the foot of the midfielder, who knocks it goalwards. Zieler with a superb save to claw it away.
Prib with a late challenge on Mandzukic, but not reprimanded at all as Bayern continue to press with Ribery on the wing as the hosts advance.
Bayern are afforded some space on the wing as Muller races forward to deliver in a low cross. Missed by Marcelo, as Hannover get the ball away in time.
Rafinha showing some good movement on the ball as he attempts to find Ribery. Hannover try to engineer a break, but Didier Ya Konan is ruled offside.
Coming upto a quarter of an hour played in Munich, but Bayern have been pretty pedestrian so far. Another speculative cross from deep goes out for a goal-kick.
Good move from the visitors. Salif Sane with the superb cross-field pass towards Bittencourt. The cross is deep but wonderfully kept in by Artur Sobiech, but eventually cleared.
Corner is an unsuccessful one as it's drilled in from the left towards Mario Mandzukic, but the Croatia international doesn't really get enough space in the box to make a real connection.
Alaba with a superb run down the left, hoping to deliver in a first-time cross from the left. It's charged down by Sakai, as Bayern win a corner for their efforts.
Foul from Leon Andreasen who upends Toni Kroos in the middle of the park. Free-kick for Bayern, but Hannover reclaim the ball, as Salif Sane fires hopelessly wide.
MULLER! First real chance of note for Bayern Munich. A superb ball threaded through from Robben towards Muller. Zieler's off his line to try and thwart Muller wide, and it works as the Bayern forward hits the side netting.
Good early pressure from the hosts, who already are posing a few problems for Hannover to contend with. Their midfield looks particularly efficient.
Robben with a deft cross from the right, helped on by Rafinha towards Ribery on the left, but te ball goes out of play.
Hannover almost in with a half-chance from the off, but Neuer rushes off his line to awkwardly clear the ball away.
KICK-OFF - Bayern get us going, attacking from right to left. They're wearing their rather smart third kit of white with brown shorts - inspired by Oktoberfest. Classy.
A clean sheet for Manuel Neuer today in the Bayern goal would be his 100th in the Bundesliga. A huge feat.
It's an overcast day out in Munich, but the teams emerge from the tunnel at the Allianz Arena. Referee today is Tobias Stieler.
Bastian Schweinsteiger fit only for the bench, with Xherdan Shaqiri , Dante and Claudio Pizarro all among the substitutes.
HANNOVER: Zieler- H. Sakai, Marcelo, Sané, Pocognoli – Stindl,Andreasen, Bittencourt, Prib, Ya Konan, A. Sobiech.
FC BAYERN: Neuer, Rafinha, Boateng, Van Buyten, Alaba, Lahm,Robben, Müller, Kroos, Ribery, Mandzukic.
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Hannover meanwhile will be hoping for a better performance against the German and European champions. They sit a point adrift, having won three out of their first four league encounters. Their last outing saw them win 4-1 against Mainz.
Pep Guardiola's men are without a couple of key players ahead of the visit of CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, but a win today over the side they sored 11 goals against last year will put them above Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga.
Good afternoon and welcome to live commentary of today's Bundesliga clash between FC Bayern Munich and Hannover 96 from the Allianz Arena. I'm Mohammed Ali and I'll be bringing you coverage over the next two hours.
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