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September 18, 2011
• HDI-Arena, Hannover
Referee: P. Gagelmann
• Attendance: 49000
K. Haggui 87'
D. Ya Konan 89'
S. Kagawa 63'
And that's full time. A remarkable 10 minutes sees Hannover net two unlikely goals and Sobiech receive his marching orders. A good victory for Hannover, but for Dortmund, the win-less run continues...
90' + 1'
Red Card Artur Sobiech
90' + 1'
The frantic few minutes continue with Artur Sobiech receiving a straight red for a crunching tackle on da Silva.
Just one minute of injury time.
Assist Sergio da Silva Pinto
Goal Didier Ya Konan
Unbelievable. In a matter of seconds, it's advantage Hannover will Ya Konan scoring what is surely the winner after he collects the ball just outside the box before turning and blasting it past Weidenfeller. What a turn around, and an unlikely one too!
Assist Christian Pander
Goal Karim Haggui
Hannover will feel justice has been done as Karim Haggui emphatically heads the resulting corner past Weidenfeller. 1-1. Dortmund's defence was poor there.
Hannover have a corner but they think they should have a penalty. Pander's powerful, powerful free kick strikes Gundogan on the hand.
Yellow Card Christian Pander
Christian Pander's free kick picks out Haggui, whose header strikes the bar. So close for Hannover and a lucky escape for Dortmund.
Potential headache for Klopp and a potential chance for Hannover as Mats Hummels leaves the pitch to be replaced by Santana.
Another mistake from Grosskreutz as he chests down a cross, then passes it to no one...
With 10 minutes to go, can Hannover find an equaliser to deny Dortmund a deserved victory?
A big, big chance for Hannover. Weidenfeller sends Chahed's cross into Jan Schlaudraff's path, but with the goal wide open, the striker can only find Subotic on the line.
Antonio Da Silva sends another free kick high and wide.
What a miss... With the goal at his mercy, Grosskreutz's bad run of form continues as he skies a tap in following good work on the right from Piszczek.
Stoppelkamp swings a ball in from the right towards the far post, but Dortmund's solid back-line head the ball away. Dortmund have possession in the centre of the park.
Zieler is forced to come well out of his goal and put the ball out for Hannover. I'd fancy Dortmund to hang on to their lead and get a well-deserved and much-needed three points.
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Lewandowski, who went down clutching his face in the build up for the goal is being replaced by Grosskreutz.
Assist Robert Lewandowski
Goal Shinji Kagawa
And it's there 1-0!! Lewandowski pokes the ball on to Kagawa who shows some magical footwork before chipping the ball over Zieler. A great goal and 1-0 to the visitors.
So close to the opener. Martin Stoppelkamp recieves the ball on the right, before cutting in and shooting. Weidenfeller makes an athletic save to tip it over.
Kagawa has the ball in the box for Dortmund, but can't get it under cotrl and is quickly closed down by the Hannover back-line.
Hannover continue to defend in numbers as Piszczek's cross is charged down.
Germany boss Joachim Low is in the stands, presumably to cast an eye over the goalkeeper situation with Weidenfeller voicing his disappointment to be left out of the Austria and Poland games publicly last month...
Piszczek takes the ball to the by-line before pulling it back to Gundogan, who skies his shot.
A corner finds Ya Konan unmarked at the far post, but the Hannover striker mistimes his header. A wasted opportunity and the host's best chance of the match.
Perisic brings the ball down with a fantastic piece of control, but takes one touch too many and gives Zieler the chance to come out and claim the ball.
This is a good spell for Hannover as they look to break the deadlock. Stindl puts in a cross which Weidenfeller puts behind, but linesman adjudged the ball to have already gone out.
Piszczek gives the ball away, but Hannover lose possession on the edge of the box. Meanwhile, Stindl has gone down under Blaszczykowski's challenge.
Just confirmation that Shmelzer has been replaced by the more forward-thinking Chris Lowe for the second half - Dortmund looking to attack.
And we're back. 0-0 in Hannover as both sides look to get their faltering seasons back on track.
And that's half time, and it's still 0-0. Dortmund have edged this half, but Zieler has been in impressive form for the hosts. Still 45 minutes for a goal to come, though, and I'd expect Dortmund to scrape a victory.
Da Silva takes a free-kick from 30 yards, but the Brazilian's shot is high and wide. Meanwhile, Ya Konan, feels he should have a penalty after he went down under a Hummels challenge. Jury's out on my end.
Just minutes left for Dortmund to take a lead back to the dressing room at half-time. They've looked impressive at times today, but seem to be missing the creativity of Gotze.
Blaszczykowski latches on to a chipped pass, but Zieler rushes out and charges down the Pole's shot. Best chance of the game for Dortmund.
Perisic's cross is blocked out for a throw by Haggui.
Blaszczykowski is caught offside again as Dortmund attempt to turn the screw.
Piszczek gives away a corner as he looks to stop Stindl from getting in behind. Meanwhile Lewandowski is down clutching his head and back - he had a nasty fall.
After looking impressive for much of the first half hour, Dortmund have just lost their rhythm somewhat. Gundogan attempts to play Blaszczykowski in, but the Pole is offside.
Blaszczykowski goes down the right before cutting in and giving the ball to Gundogan, who lines up his shot before sending it straight into Zieler's arms.
Hannover counter attack, and Weidenfeller makes a great save, but it goes into Stoppelkamp's path, but Subotic makes a fantastic block to keep the ball out of the open goal.
Following his spectacular goal in midweek against Arsenal, Perisic almost gets another, volleying Blaszczykowski's cross towards the goal, but Zieler makes a great save.
A chipped ball over the top finds Lewandowski, who miscontrols the ball, letting it slip out for a Hannover goal kick.
Hannover had the ball in the Dortmund half, but Stindl gives away a throw. It seems like a long time since the hosts had anything resembling an attack.
Blaszczykowski gets to the by-line and pulls the ball back, but Zieler pounces on the ball before any attacker can get to it.
Perisic takes the free kick, and blasts it low, but it's a routine save for Zieler.
Gundogan breaks forward and wins a free kick 30 yards from goal.
A beautiful passing move sees Lewandowski latch on to the ball, but although he manages to round the goalkeeper, sends his shot into the side-netting. He was ruled out for offside, but Dortmund are pushing...
A wild cross from Schmelzer goes behind and gifts the hosts a gaol kick.
Lewandowski, beautifully controls a chipped pass just inside the area, but scuffs his left-footed volley when he should have worked the goalkeeper.
Gundogan swings in a free kick from the left wing and Lewandowski gets a head on it. Unfortunately for Dortmund, it's right at Zieler, who saves it easily.
Hannover have a free kick, but it's headed away at the far post by Dortmund, who take it up the opposite end of the pitch, Blaszczykowski's cross is easily defended.
Hummels heads away a Hannover long throw from the left wing.
Gundogan swings in a corner for Dortmund, but Zieler gets there before Hummels and Subotic, who fouls the Germany and Hannover 'keeper.
Dortmund go on the attack, but after one pass too many, they lose the ball on the edge of the Hannover box.
Neither team has stamped authority on the game thus far, and possession has been split between the two sides in an even start to the game.
The teams are out and the game is underway.
For the champions, Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Gundogan, Da Silva, Blaszczykowski, Kagawa, Perisic, Lewandowski
The teams are in, the hosts line up with Zieler; Chahed, Haggui, Pogatetz, Pander, Stoppelkamp, Schmiedebach, Hauger, Stindl, Schlaudraff, Ya Konan
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Borussia Dortmund's visit to Hannover 96 - both teams are in bad form after their respective extraordinary seasons last campaign and desperate for a win.
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