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October 23, 2011
• HDI-Arena, Hannover
Referee: M. Gräfe
• Attendance: 49000
M. Abdellaoue 23'
C. Pander 50'
D. Alaba 83'
This one caused a few shocks in the Goal.com office pool today. Fascinating stuff, and as always, I was delighted to bring it to you, so thanks for stopping by. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, and it's been a pleasure.
What an utterly absorbing game of football here. Controversy, passion, gamesmanship, drama, we've seen it all at the AWD Arena today. Bayern turned it on after Cherundulo's sending off and Hannover will be delighted that they managed to escape in the end with all three points. That's not to distract from their performance, which was one of efficiency and purpose. Bayern stay top with 22 points, but Dortmund are now only three points behind. Hannover move into fourth on 18 points
90' + 5'
Alaba tries to get on the end of it but puts it wide! And that's it!!!!
90' + 4'
Freekick to Bayern, 20 yards from goal!!! Last chance saloon stuff here!!!
90' + 2'
ALMOST A COMPLETE DISASTER FOR NEUER!!!! He tries to rush forward to speed up play, but loses the ball outside his area and is thanking his lucky stars that Hannover fire wide of an empty net!
Four minutes of added time.....
Badstuber off, Petersen on. Final throw of the dice...
SCHWEINSTEIGER HITS THE POST!!!!!! Interplay between him, Mller and Kroos leads to a shot from inside the area that rebounds off the woodwork! Moments later, Ribery goes nuts appealing for a penalty after Olic went down, but nothing doing. He's a bit lucky he didn't get a second yellow
Yellow Card Franck Ribéry
Assist Thomas Müller
On comes Olic for Gomez....Bayern onslaught imminent...
Goal David Alaba
BAYERN GOAL!!!! HERE WE GO FOR A GRANDSTAND FINALE!!! Its Alaba who comes up with the goods! Muller advances through midfield andsquares to the substitute, who keeps his head and finishes low past Zieler! What a finish in store!
Play stagnates in midfield as Hannover use their superior numbers to crowd out Bayern. Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Ivica Olic is imminent....
Oooohhh...Pander sends the free-kick in at light-speed, but it goes about a foot over the bar! He got his foot behind that!
Didier Ya Konan
Goalscorer and birthday-boy Abdellaoue goes off to a raucous reception to be replaced by Ya Konan
Badstuber makes a long sliding tackle on Pinto, foul called. Good decision not to book him, because though it was an exuberant challenge, he did get the ball.
Hannover attempt to relieve some pressure with a counter-attack, but Schlaudraff's pass is overhit. A bit of a waste.
Gomez clean through....but the flag is up!!! On replays, he was a yard off, good decision by the linesman
Zieler saves twice in 20 seconds!!!! First from Gomez, who had a one-on-one, then from an effort by Muller!! Great keeping, at a time when Bayern look menacing!
Now Hannover can make their change, Schlaundraff off for Chahed
From 20-yards out, Kroos has an effort from the free-kick which ends up being an easy grab for Zieler.
Lahm brought down at the edge of the area. A menacing free kick to follow, but first a Bayern change; Rafinha off for Alaba
Zieler almost lets a low shot through his legs, but manages to keep hold of it. A little nervy from the stopper.
Yellow/Red Steven Cherundolo
AND ITS 10 V 10 AS CHERUNDOLO GETS HIS SECOND YELLOW!!! The skipper, who has been walking a tightrope, tugs on the back of Ribery's shirt on an attempted Bayern break. RIbery appeals for a card and gets it! Now then!!
Bayern are pushing forward looking for a goal. Really, that's all they can do at this point, but there are massive gaps at the back, and Hannover seem content to play on the counter. Favorable times for the home side.
Yellow Card Ron-Robert Zieler
Zieler gets yellow for delay of game
The impressive Schmiedebach again pulling the strings in midfield, but his through ball to Abdellaoue catches the goalscorer just offside
Kroos sends another great ball over the top, but Gomez is tacked by Potagez before he can get a shot off in anger. Idioms aside, it has been a frustrating outing for the hitman.
HANNOVER HIT THE POST!!! Cherundolo escapes the attentions of Lahm down the right, and picks out Stindl who strikes it against the base of the woodwork! The hosts are running rampant at the moment here!!!!
Goal Christian Pander
2-0!!!!!! HANNOVER GET A SECOND!!!! Pander advances far too easily through midfield, and unleashes a sot that takes a wicked deflection off Gustavo, which leaves Neuer scrambling in vain to stop it! Surely an own goal!
Yellow Card Manuel Schmiedebach
Chances for Gomez!!!! A great ball by Kroos finds Gomez, but Zieler is off his line quickly to thwart his shot. Great keeping!
The second-half kicks off as Schulz is withdrawn for Rausch, presumably to avoid picking up a second yellow.
There is destined to be some bitterness from the Bayern Munich camp in reaction to Boateng's sending off for the shove on Schulz. But did Pinto overreact to Rafinha's initial challenge that set the events in motion? Let those ugly scenes not detract from what has been a fascinating first-half, with both teams clearly playing for the win. Hannover have a man advantage and a raucous crowd behind them but as we've seen so many times, Bayern fear no-one. Roll on second-half!
HALF TIME!! Well, we certainly aren't shy for talking points here in another absorbing Bundesliga match-up. A penalty, a red card, and a wired crowd have made the upcoming second half required viewing!
45' + 1'
Last attack for Bayern, but Muller's cutback is deflected away as half time nears...
Ribery runs into the already-booked Cherundolo and goes down like he's been shot. The referee is not falling for it and after checking on the Frenchman, instructs him to get to his feet.
HANNOVER ALMOST BAG A SECOND!! Abdellaoue beats Badstuber on the right flank, and his low cross to Stindl is fired over the bar from only a few yards out!
Yellow Card Sergio da Silva Pinto
Pinto fouls Schweini and gets booked. He will now miss the next game.
Bayern, despite their man disadvantage is still going for it, and have sustained some pressure in the Hannover half.
GOMEZ FIRES OVER!!! Ooooh what a chance for the Bavarians after an eye-catching move! Badstuber hits a cross-field ball to Muller on the right flank, who one-touches it into the path of Gomez, who fires over from the six yard area!
Great piece of skill from Schmiedebach in the midfield opens up a 4 on 5 for the hosts. However, it is eventually cut out by Lahm. But with Bayern a man down, gaps are beginning to appear.....
Yellow Card Steven Cherundolo
And now a tough challenge on Schewini by Cherundolo. Yellow for the Hannover skipper, who really should know better, especially given what just transpired.
Christian Schulz was also given yellow after the scrap. Bayern are no doubt wounded though...
Yellow Card Christian Schulz
Red Card Jerome Boateng
BOATENG OFF!!! The ref deems him to be the most guilty party in the fallout from the mini-melee. Upon replays, it looks like the defender put his hands on the throat of a Hannover player.
Its kicking off a bit here! Tempers flare after a strong challenge by Rafinha, and there's a bit of a ruckus on the touchline near the benches! The refs have some work to do...
Assist Steven Cherundolo
Penalty Goal Mohammed Abdellaoue
ITS 1-0!!!!!! Mohammed Abdellaoue makes no mistake!!!
HANNOVER PENALTY!!! Lahm is penalized for a tug on Cherundolo!
BAYERN HIT THE CROSSBAR!!! Kroos advances far too easily through midfield, and lets fly from the edge of the area, but whacks it against the bar!
Bayern starting to settle now. RIbery is again menacing on the left, but his cutback to Luiz Gustavo is shot safely into the keeper's arms.
First Bayern Chance! And its a good one! RIbery produces some good work on the left flank and finds Gomez, but his header from point blank range is parried by Zieler!
HANNOVER HIT THE POST!!! A great through ball by Pander catches the Bayern defense flat footed, but Abdellaoue places his finish onto the far post with Neuer beaten!
RIbery tries to get something going, but after combining with Schweinsteiger, the Frenchman is caught offside
Corner to Hannover after an enterprising charge by Schlaudraff. However, a weak header by Schulz rolls out for a goal kick.
Some sustained possession by Hannover in the Bayern half so far, not threatening in the slightest though.
Early free kick to the hosts, which Neuer claims easily.
Here we go!
We're minutes away...
Get your bets in if you still can, because Mario Gomez has struck six times in as many games against Hannover
Bayern have won all but two of their Bundesliga fixtures so far, conceding only one goal in the process. However, Hannover have lost only one of their last twelve home BuLi games.
For the hosts, Schmeidebach comes into the starting eleven for Ya Konan. Meanwhile, for the visitors, Van Buyten's illness grants Rafinha a start in the Bayern back four, while Tymoshchuk loses his place to Luiz Gustavo
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Gomez Subs: Butt, Contento, Pranjic, Tymoshchuk, Alaba, Petersen, Olic
Hannover (4-4-2): Zieler; Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz; Stindl, Schmiedebach, Pinto, Pander; Schlaudraff, Abdellaoue Subs: Radlinger, Eggimann, Chahed, Rausch, Lala, Ya Konan, Stoppelkamp
Good afternoon everyone, or good morning to all my fellow footie fanatics tuning in from the Eastern Time Zone! Today we're at the AWD-Arena for Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Hannover vs Bayern Munich! Lineups to follow shortly...
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