Paraguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS of Borussia Dortmund, who now leads die Borussen with 11 goals in all competitions this season, skirts around the outstretched challenge of Hannover 96 goalkeeper FLORIAN FROMLOWITZ at the AWD Arena in the capital city of the north German state of Lower Saxony. (Gera Breloer/AP)
Eine Demonstration der Staerke — A demonstration of strength, then, as visiting BORUSSIA DORTMUND opened up a four-point lead in the German Bundesliga with a decisive 4-0 defeat of HANNOVER 96 on the road in Lower Saxony.
Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA, continuing to prove the genius behind his astute purchase costing just 350,000 Euros from J-League side Cerezo Osaka, gave die Borussen a fast start with his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season in the 11th minute of the match against the side skippered by United States World Cup defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO.
In the 72nd minute, after Turkey international midfielder NURI SAHIN freed Poland international fullback LUKASZ PISZCZEK down the right wing, Parguay World Cup striker LUCAS BARRIOS stabbed home the cross to score his sixth goal of the Bundesliga season and double Borussia Dortmund’s advantage.
Five minutes later, Tunisia international defender KARIM HAGGUI was dismissed for kicking a downed player in the head to add to the woes of Hannover 96. Borussia Dortmund, however, had a bit of their own downer as Sahin saw his resulting penalty kick saved by goalkeeper FLORIAN FROMLOWITZ. The 22-year-old Turk has now failed twice in a row on his last two attempts from the spot.
Die Borussen did capitalize on the manpower situtation of Hannover 96 to add a couple of late strikes from a pair of Polish substitutes.
Striker ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI, after working a one-two in the box with fellow Poland international JAKUB BLASZCZYKOWSKI, slammed home the rebound after the midfielder’s shot was saved by Fromlowitz; the 22-year-old forward, an off-season purchase of 5.0 million Euros from KKS Lech Poznan, has yet to start a game for Borussia Dortmund this Bundesliga season but has now scored three goals on ten subsitute appearances in the German top flight.
Blaszczykowski, the player fouled by the punished Haggui, had the last laugh and his second Bundesliga goal of the season after latching onto a good ball from 32-year-old veteran Brazilian and substitute midfielder ANTONIO DA SILVA.
The yellow-shoed Japan international midfielder SHINJI KAGAWA prepares to unleash a left-footed laser to score his seventh goal of the season in all competitions and give Borussia Dortmund the lead against Hannover 96 in the 11th minute of the Bundesliga match at the BWD Arena. (David Hecker/DAPD)
HANNOVER 96 : Fromlowitz – Cherundolo, Eggimann, Haggui, Djakpa – Stindl (Avevor 80′), Pinto – Stoppelkamp (Beasley 57′), Rausch – Ya Konan, Abdellaoue (Forsell 46′)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND : Weidenfeller – Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Bender, Sahin (da Silva 83′) – Goetze (Blaszczykowski 75′), Kagawa, Grosskreutz – Barrios (Lewandowski 75′)
Note — United States World Cup midfielder DAMARCUS BEASLEY, the former PSV Eindhoven and Glasgow Rangers man, made his third Bundesliga appearance of the season, all as a substitute, after coming on as a second half replacement for Hannover 96.