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March 2, 2013
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: T. Welz
• Attendance: 80645
R. Lewandowski 8', 21'
J. Schieber 72'
M. Abdellaoue 40'
Well, it's been a pleasure dear readers. My name was Daniel Edwards, enjoy your weekends and the rest of the football action. There might be some game in Spain right now that could be of interest...
And that, is, all, she, wrote ladies and gentlemen. 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund, a strong display from the home team who never looked anything but winners today.
90' + 2'
Three minutes of injury time to be played, the result looks pretty certain now.
With this win Dortmund are certain to stay ahead of Leverkusen in second, no matter what their rivals do later today. They currently hold a four-point lead, assuming there are no nasty shocks late on here.
Lewandowski leads the defence on another merry dance, and puts the cross in. Sahin is there and nods back to Bender, who shoots low but straight at Zieler.
Gotze has a go from the resulting free kick, but it's over the bar and comfortably so.
Yellow Card Christian Schulz
Lewandowski is body-slammed to the ground there by Schulz, who unsurprisingly picks up a yellow.
And who knows, my prediction at the start of the second half might even turn out right. Now that would be something!
This is all to easy for Dortmund at the moment, who are breezing through the last few minutes thanks to the luxury of a two-goal cushion.
Ooooooh that was the hat-trick. Lewandowski uses pace and power to leave the away defence standing, but one-on-one he pulls his shot wide, to his obvious disgust.
Pinto again launches a free kick into the area and Hoffmann thinks he has escaped at the back post, but there's a long, loud blast of the whistle and it's a free kick the other way.
A rousing ovation for Kuba, who has his name bellowed back at him from the terraces as he calls it a day.
Assist Jakub Blaszczykowski
Goal Julian Schieber
GOAL!!!!! Hannover are all over the place at the back, BVB attack with pace and gaps appear. Kuba did well to take down an awkward ball and unselfishly left it for Schieber, who powered home to end this game.
Gotze!! The No. 10 has wasted no time in making an impact. He waltzes through the defence, lobs Zieler, and it's only Djourou's intervention almost on the line that denies the youngster a goal.
You can see Lewandowski would love to seal his triple. The Pole steps up for the free kick, but it's ballooned safely over.
Kuba is on his way to goal, but the path is blocked - illegally - by Hoffmann's challenge. Dangerous free kick chance here just outside the box.
This glorious stadium will be filled again in just three days, for a monumental clash. Dortmund host Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last-16, having picked up a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
Patient build up by the hosts, and it's Kehl who eventually pumps the ball into the box. Zieler has been impressive tonight though, and he takes that out of the air with few problems.
It looks like Dortmund want to kill this game off as soon as possible, too. Mario Gotze is chatting with Klopp on the sidelines, the whizzkids should be making an appearance imminently.
Another BVB goal is coming here, I can feel it in my fibres. Lewandowski again is first to the ball pumped upfield, but he tries to dink the ball over Zieler who is ready and palms away.
KUUUUUUBA!!! A startling turn of pace from the right-back allows him to blast past his marker, and he fires in a low cross that just missed everyone and went out the other side.
Yellow Card Manuel Schmiedebach
Santana this time tries to head in at the right end. A towering jump from the Brazilian, but his effort goes over.
Chahed free at the far post, let's see... Nope, his volley is straight at the keeper, no danger there.
OOOOOOOOOOH ROBERT!!! What a player Lewandowski! Chasing a long ball, Djourou is taken out of the game by a chip over the head, and the striker follows it up by volleying just wide.
Do we have any predictions from our readers out there? If I had to make one I'd say BVB should still take this, let's say 3-1 at full time.
Konan does well down the right and it's Pinto who then teases a cross across the goalface. There's two white shirts in the box, but Weidenfeller claims with authority.
Looks like the away team are going to try and use Pocognoli a little more in this half, the winger gets to the byline but deflects the ball over for a goal kick. Kuba has been solid so far, but it's definitely an area to try and exploit.
Kehl is vexed after being called back for a foul on Pinto, but the hardman went in studs up and there doesn't really seem much doubt on that one.
Attention: Gundogan releases the bomb! A brilliantly-controlled half-volley from the midfielder released on the edge of the area, that fizzes past Zieler's left post.
Lovely defending from Kuba again, Pocognoli is flying and wants to get past but a perfectly-timed tackle on the ground cuts the attack short.
This time Hannover get us started, can they complete the comeback and take something from this game?
No injury time here, we're straight into the tunnel for half time. It's been Dortmund on top, but that late goal gives their opponents a lifeline.
Hoffmann chops down Lewandowski from behind, shocked that wasn't a yellow. Really, no? Just a talking to then. Reus tries to whip in the free kick, but Hannover are on a high, and that ball's going nowhere.
Well, well. That could be a crucial goal for the visitors, cutting the deficit down to one so close to the break. Herr Santana, meanwhile, is going to get an earful in the dressing room for that slip.
Goal Mohammed Abdellaoue
GOAL HANNOVER!!!! Pinto's free-kick was headed inexplicably onto the bar by Santana, who looked extremely confused. The rebound was tucked away by Abdellouae, who couldn't miss.
That was one of Hannover's best chances of the half. A deep cross catches Felipe Santana napping, meaning Sobiech can sneak away. The Hungarian makes contact on the volley, but it's weak and rolls straight to the keeper.
If Hannover fans aren't demoralised by this scoreline at half time, the presence of Mario Gotze and Nuri Sahin could well push them over the edge. Not a bad couple of players to have 'just in case'.
Marco Reus takes a tumble in the penalty area and the crowd want action, but no chance; legitimate contact with the shoulder from the defender, goal kick son.
Schieber went so close to breaking through, but was denied by a bootlace tackle that sent the ball's in Zieler's direction. All Dortmund as we approach the last 10 minutes of the half.
Wonderful stuff from Lewandowski there. The striker picked up possession deep and slalomed across the pitch, leaving the defence trailing. A sumptuous cross-field pass found Kuba, but the wideman's touch failed him and the danger passed.
Hannover could really use the points from this clash. They are right up in the fight for one of the Champions League spots, just four points off Frankfurt at kick-off. Doesn't look like they'll be taking anything here though.
Hannover try to make something happen on the left as Pocognoli shuffles forward, but there is no way through. Kuba so far has looked pretty comfortable at the back.
Djourou gains the wrath of the home faithful by pole-axing Lewandowski as he waited for the ball to come down. Looked more clumsy than malicious, to be fair.
Corner for Hannover, it's blocked well and Dortmund look to counter. But the ball over the top is too long, and simple for Zieler to claim.
Up to that point Dortmund were getting bogged down a touch, now it's time for some fun. Schmelzer tears away on the left wing but an offside flag cuts the music for the home team.
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL!!! Another one for Lewandowski!! Grosskreutz was again key, sending in a low shot parried by Zieler. The Polish star appeared offside, but wasn't, and gleefully took his time to bury the rebound. 2-0.
That, readers, is what is called the commentator's curse. Definition: Whatever you opine of a match or team will be proved wrong a matter of seconds later.
GOAAAAA.... NO!!! Now that's a big call. The away team break incisively and have the ball in the net, but the linesman's flag is up. At the very most Abdellaoue looked level when he took that final pass.
Hannover are starting to take more initiative, but seem to have few ideas in Dortmund's final third. Pump it up there and see what happens, appears to be the prevailing philosophy.
Kehl gets a talking-to from the referee, after launching himself with all the gusto of a paratrooper into the back of Andre Hoffmann contesting a header.
Exactly the start that Klopp's men would have been looking for. They're pinging the ball around with authority, and Hannover have been dominated in these opening 10 minutes.
Assist Kevin Großkreutz
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL BVB!!! All too easy for the home team, who stretch their rivals down the right. Grosskreutz gets to the byline and crosses low, Lewandowski is on hand to slot the ball home without a moment's hesitation.
That was an interesting chance. Both of Dortmund's full-backs are hanging around the area, and Schmelzer's cross finds Kuba unmarked. The volley, however, flies over.
First corner for BVB, but Reus' effort and follow-up cross are well dealt with by the away team.
Ooooh Reus!!! The kid did wonderfully to take the pass and turn just outside the area, shrugging off his marker with an impish turn. The finish, though, was nowhere.
The home team attack looking to use the flanks, and Grosskreutz fires in a cross. It's too short though, and easily rejected.
It's probably fair to say at this point, Dortmund's priority is now solely Champions League qualification. With an eight-point cushion over fifth-placed Freiburg, barring disaster it should be a straightforward affair.
A little bit messy there from BVB playing out of defence. Santana misread Kehl's pass back, and Weidenfeller was pressed into action to clear under pressure.
And we're off! Dortmund get us started, as they look to close a mammoth 17-point gap behind Bayern at the top.
As always, the Westfalenstadion is packed to the brim and a sea of black and yellow as Dortmund and Hannover come on to the pitch. Can Jurgen Klopp's men pick up a result here today?
And now, for our esteemed guests. Zieler; Chahed, Djourou, C. Schulz, Pocognoli; Ya Konan, da Silva Pinto, Hoffmann, Rausch; Abdellaoue, Sobiech.
Let's take a look at the teams, shall we? Hosts first... Weidenfeller; Blaszczykowski, Subotic, Felipe Santana, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Schieber, Reus, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to welcome you to Goal.com's coverage of the Bundesliga this afternoon. My name is Daniel Edwards, and I'll be taking you through Hannover's visit to Borussia Dortmund.
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