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Hannover increase Dortmund’s woes

Hannover increase Dortmund’s woes
Hannover’s Hiroshi Kiyotake shoved Borussia Dortmund into a crisis while Stuttgart fought back twice to down Frankfurt 5-4 in the ninth round of the German Bundesliga. Dortmund suffered their fourth straight loss (0-1) in the Bundesliga as Kiyotake’s free-kick goal Saturday smoothed the way for Hannover’s first win after three consecutive defeats, reports Xinhua.

Juergen Klopp’s men needed 12 minutes to gain a foothold into the game as Henrikh Mkhitaryan created the first chance against the visitors from Lower Saxony. The Armenian forward was on target with a turn shot but saw his effort saved by Hannover goalkeeper Ron Robert Zieler.

Mkhitaryan’s chance was a wakening call for his team as Dortmund created a bunch of promising chances. Mats Hummels came close with his header but Ron-Robert Zieler turned the ball around the bar before Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled wide with long-range efforts.

As the match progressed, Hannover were able to keep Dortmund at a distance. However, things changed with the restart of the second half as the ‘BVB’ continued to work out goal-scoring opportunities. Marco Reus twice had the chance to break the deadlock but he either was short on accuracy or Zieler made a save.

Dortmund’s wastefulness was punished by Kiyotake, who opened the scoring against the run of the game with a dead ball goal into the top left corner from 20 metres. Dortmund pressed frenetically but all their efforts remained fruitless although Hannover had to complete the game with 10-men, as Ceyhun Guelselam saw his second yellow card just before the final whistle.

With the result, Dortmund slump to 15th place while Hannover climb to seventh position.
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