PHEW! Borussia Dortmund won 3-2 against Hannover. It could have been a rather laid back match with Dortmund in control, but BVB made it tense by giving up the control over the game from time to time.
It all fell into place as predicted, Hannover entered the game with a winless streak of 9, making this do or die for coach Tayfun Korkut. Hence the 96 coach ordered his man to be proactive in the match and as you’d expect, BVB could take advantage of it. Finally an opponent that didn’t set up ten players around their own area.
Dortmund’s first came off a great piece of play. Not an atrocious error by Hannover, but simply a well carved out goal. The 96er played forechecking, but BVB managed to shift the ball around quick enough to stay in possession and move the ball forward again. Jakub Blaszczykowski could pass the ball into the center of the Hannover’s half, where three BVB players stood free, as Hannover’s defensive midfielders weren’t quick enough to track back. Reus received the ball in the middle with space between him and Hannover’s backline ahead of him, moved forward and put Aubameyang into action, who got a clinical touch to the ball and lashed it past Zieler.
That’s the stuff we want to see from the black and yellows, crisp passes with enough pace to play around a pressing line. The stuff we don’t want to see happened after half an hour, where Jakub Blaszczykowski attempted a dribble against two red shirts instead of going the safe route and lay it off to Oliver Kirch. A turnover Hannover made the most of, as Leo Bittencourt bombed down the left wing – Jakub Blaszczykowski trying to catch him and making up for his error, but not quite made it – Bittencourt laid it off into the box and found Lars Stindl in the back’s of Dortmund’s entire backline and applied a delicate finishing touch to equalize the game.
Kuba’s lightheaded tackle brought a massive momentum swing, as Hannover were all over Dortmund after the equalizer and they might have even taken the lead before half time, but Bittencourt fluffed a massive chance free ahead of Weidenfeller. Dortmund almost lost the plot and were very busy in clearing out the ball. They could hardly fight their way out of their own half, as they were too hectic to keep possession, as they only managed to lump the ball away.
The second half was MUCH better. Leo Bittencourt, who has a buy-back option in his contract, was sent off after 55 minutes and that allowed even more space to counter. Two minutes later Dortmund’s counter attack was rolling down the right side, as Jakub Blaszczykowski ran with the ball at his feet. A pin point pass to Reus, who squared it to Kagawa, who only had to tap it in. FINALLY Shinji scored his second Bundesliga goal of the season and he instantly picked up confidence to gain an assist five minutes later.
A really nice assist, vintage Shinji almost, as he squared the ball in the box with the outside of his right foot for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to head it in. 3-1 up against ten men, with a working combination play, should be enough to win this right without breaking a sweat, right? Wrong.
Marco Reus only hit the post ten minutes before the end in a situation where he should have scored, but his shot was too casual and Zieler managed to deflect the ball to the post. Of course Dortmund would get punished for the sloppiness. Lars Stindl, who returned to the side after suspension and he made the most of being fit and fresh for the match. A goal of the week contender, without a doubt, as he hit the top right corner from outside the box from the left edge of the box. A superb curler, that made the game much more exciting for the last eight minutes plus injury time, than any Dortmund fan would have preferred.
Ten Hannover players threw everything forward in their desperate attempt to grab the equalizer and Dortmund allowed chaos to prevail, which granted a free kick at the edge of the box to 96 in two minutes into stoppage time. Everyone remembers Kiyotake’s free kick in the reverse fixture and it wasn’t too unlikely that Dortmund blow a two goal lead against ten men and that would have been rather atrocious. Thankfully Andreasen skied the ball and BVB were off the hook.
Now, Dortmund enter the international break with a seven match unbeaten streak and can look back up to the euro league places. We can celebrate the successful debut of Jeremy Dudziak, who wasn’t fit enough to play the full ninety, but came on in the second half for Oliver Kirch. A day to remember for the 19 year old.
post match voices:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “It’s only a few points to sixth place to reach the Euro League, BVB fans should stay optimistic.”
Sebastian Kehl: “The three points will do us good, but it’s also clear that we have to raise our game.”
Jürgen Klopp: “You’d be stupid to think we are out of the relegation battle. Of course we aren’t in great danger, but Bayern and Gladbach are our next two opponents and it’s not like we can pretend that we’ve already won those two matches.”
19. min 0-1 Aubameyng (Reus)
31. min Stindl 1-1 (Bittencourt)
57. min Kagawa 1-2 (Reus)
61. min Aubameyang 1-3 (Kagawa)
82. min Stindl (Kiyotake)