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28.10.2012

Gladbach end 96’s home run

Hannover’s unbeaten home record, stretching back to April 2011, was undone in ten minutes by a late Gladbach siege as Lucien Favre’s side ran out 3-2 winners.

Hannover 96’s 22-game unbeaten home record came to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the AWD-Arena. Having led by two goals early in the second half through Schlaudraff and Diouf, three goals in the space of ten minutes for the visitors turned the game on its head, leaving the Reds stunned.


After another thrilling European encounter on Thursday, Hannover 96 returned to action in the Bundesliga with a home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Reds had slipped down to eighth in the table following last week’s defeat to
Frankfurt, while their opponents were in 13th place before the day’s play, yet to win an away game in the league. Mirko Slomka made three changes to the side that beat Helsingborgs IF in the Europa League, bringing in Sakai, Eggimann and Schlaudraff for Cherundolo, Schulz and Abdellaoue.

Strong after the restart

The opening stages of the match were tentative with both sides feeling their way into the game slowly, following their European encounters on Thursday. It took 20 minutes before a serious chance was created and it fell for the home side in the AWD-Arena. Lars Stindl played a good through ball to Mame Diouf behind the defence, but his first-time strike was kept out by the foot of the advancing Marc-André ter Stegen.
Hannover were the side looking more adventurous, but couldn’t create the decisive moment in attack. Diouf had capitalised on a defensive error, only to be uncertain of his options on the ball , before wasting the chance. Moments later, a short free kick to Schlaudraff gave him the chance to deliver into the area but the ball harmlessly bounced across with no one there to meet it. Gladbach were similar in their approach play and lacked the final ball, but came closer when an Arango free kick slipped wide of Zieler’s post, just before the break.



The second half began in a much livelier fashion and 96 took a 1-0 lead within five minutes of the restart. Diouf flicked the ball onto Jan Schlaudraff in midfield, who had space to drive forward and hit a shot from 30 yards out. Gladbach keeper ter Stegen could only get a weak hand to the strike and failed to stop it from going into the top corner. The Reds sensed blood and carried on their strong start to the second period. Just four minutes after their first goal, they found another one. A clever free kick routine straight from the training ground allowed Rausch plenty of space on the left-hand side of the penalty area. His drilled cross along the six yard box got a nick off a Borussia defender, before Diouf adjusted his body well to flick the ball into the goal from close range. It was the perfect start to the half for Mirko Slomka’s men, in particular Mame Diouf, who added another goal to his tally since returning from injury.

Late siege

However, it wasn’t long before Borussia Mönchengladbach started carving out opportunities of their own, trying to respond to the Reds having fired out of the blocks. In the 55th minute, Arango played in de Camargo on the left-hand side of the area, but Ron-Robert Zieler kept him out with a good save. The match calmed down again for the next 15 minutes, before the away side made substitutions in an attempt to force their way back into the game. A deep ball into the box was only headed back to the edge of the area by Hiroki Sakai where Arango met it to power a shot at Zieler. The 96-keeper could only parry the effort into the path of Dominguez, who tapped in to bring Gladbach back within a goal at 2-1. It was a moment that spurred the visitors into action and chances started coming thick and fast and they were duly converted. In the 77th minute, a free kick was played into the box by Arango where Brouwers got the better of Mario Eggimann to head Borussia back onto level terms.



Hannover were in shock having let a two-goal lead slip in the space of seven minutes and were caught out again by Lucien Favre’s side just three minutes later. Once more it was an Arango free kick that caused the hosts problems, but this time his direct effort on goal from distance caught everyone unawares, Zieler in particular. The German international wasn’t able to scramble across to his near post in time to keep the smart shot out and Hannover were 3-2 down with just ten minutes left to play. Of course, 96 pushed forward desperate for an equaliser but instead almost got caught on the break by Mike Hanke, but Zieler was able to make a brilliant save in the last action of the game. The final whistle signalled the end to an impressive 22-game unbeaten run at home for Hannover 96, having been defeated by the last side who won at the AWD-Arena back in April 2011. Mirko Slomka’s players will now have to switch their focus to their upcoming second round German cup game against Dynamo Dresden on Wednesday 31st October at 20.30.

Matt Hardy


Hannover 96: 
Zieler – Rausch, Eggimann, Haggui, Sakai (85’ Pander) – Huszti, Stindl, da Silva Pinto (82’ Abdellaoue), Schlaudraff – Ya Konan, Diouf (65’ Sobiech)

Borussia Mönchengladbach
: ter Stegen – Daems, Brouwers, Dominguez, Stranzl – Arango, Nordtveit (75’ Xhaka), Marx, Rupp – Herrmann (69’ Mlapa), de Camargo (69’ Hanke)

Goals: 
1-0 Schlaudraff (48’), 2-0 Diouf (53’), 2-1 Dominguez (70’), 2-2 Brouwers (77’), 2-3 Arango (80’)

Yellow cards: 
Sakai, Haggui - Stranzl

Attendance: 
49,000

Referee: 
Thorsten Kinhöfer

Matchday 9 Table Update

Pos
 
Team
Played
F
A
+/-
Points
1
FC Bayern München
9
27
4
+23
24
2
FC Schalke 04
9
18
8
+10
20
3
Eintracht Frankfurt
9
20
13
+7
19
4
Borussia Dortmund
9
20
11
+9
15
               
9
Borussia Mönchengladbach
9
12
18
-6
12
10
Hannover 96
9
18
16
+2
11
11
SV Werder Bremen
9
15
14
+1
11
               
16
VfL Wolfsburg
9
6
16
-10
8
17
FC Augsburg
9
5
13
-8
6
18
SpVgg Greuther Fürth
9
6
15
-9
6

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