Monday, October 27, 2014

BVB Borussia Dortmund 0 Hannover 96 1

And finally the reason why we were in Dortmund... for the match between BVB and Hannover. Unfortunately, things didn't go according to plan.

Dortmund dominated the game for the first hour, but the Hannover team stood resolute and looked like they would be happy to get a 0-0 draw. Aubameyang and Ramos both had several chances for the home team, but appeared wasteful in front of goal, on another day they would have been 3-0 up at half time. Reus looked dangerous going forward and hit the top of the net with a goal that looked like it was going in. Mkhitaryan and Gundogan made some good progress in midfield, but still didn't look completely match fit. But as half time approached it looked more like when Dortmund were going to score rather than when.

Hannover seemed to still be determined to sit back and let Reus attack them after the break, on the odd occasion when they did break Subotic cleared the danger and Hannover didn't even get a shot in. Then the visitors got a free kick and Kiyotake beat Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goals with a beautiful shot that he couldn't do anything about. It was to be the only shot that they had all game. When they got the lead they sat back even further and Zieler in Hannover's goals was in fantastic form.

The game finished 1-0 despite all of Dortmund's dominance. The performance and effort can't be denied, but the result will cause Klopp a few more sleepless nights. There was also the problem that although the defence weren't really tested and Subotic cleared most dangers the ball sometimes fell into the danger zone as the midfielders didn't get back and Hummels despite his reputation had a couple of wonky moments when Hannover broke.

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