Hannover 96 striker JAN SCHLAUDRAFF looks to squeeze through the Borussia Moenchengladbach sandwich of United States World Cup midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY and Brazilian defender BAMBA ANDERSON (5) at Borussia Park in snowy North Rhine-Westphalia. (Roberto Pfeil/DAPD)
High-flying HANNOVER 96 came from a goal down in the second half against ten-man BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH to claim a 2-1 victory in the American Bundesliga Derby and, if only temporarily, move into third place in the standings of the German top flight.
United States World Cup midfielder MICHAEL BRADLEY had given the hosts the lead in the 17th minute with a long-range free kick from well on the left wing that was somehow allowed to tuck inside the post and afford the American a third Bundesliga goal this season.
However, Borussia Moenchengladbach had Argentine striker RAUL BOBADILLA dismissed in the 43rd minute following an assault with the leg levied against veteran 30-year-old Portuguese winger SERGIO PINTO and the Bundesliga cellar-dwellers could not hold on to their advantage after the break.
Hannover 96, captained by United States World Cup defender STEVE CHERUNDOLO, struck twice in three minutes as the final quarter hour at Borussia Park approached; substitute striker MIKE HANKE, who has collected 12 caps in his career for Germany, and Ivory Coast international striker DIDIER YA KONAN scored the goals for the visitors, who won for the ninth time in 15 Bundesliga matches this season.
The 26-year-old Ya Konan, who arrived at Hannover 96 from Norwegian club BK Rosenborg Trondheim in August of 2009, registered his seventh Bundesliga goal of the year and is on pace to top his total of nine goals in 25 games from last season.
The 27-year-old Hanke, who scored 10 goals in 31 games for Hannover 96 during the 2007-08 campaign, fired his second Bundesliga goal this term on only his fourth appearance, all as a replacement.
Argentine striker RAUL BOBADILLA (9) of Borussia Moenchengladbach, who has scored seven goals in 44 games in the German top flight since his 4.0 million Euro transfer from Swiss side Grasshopper Zurich in July of 2009, indicates exactly how many United States international players are dressed in uniform and available for the Bundesliga match against Hannover 96 at Borussia Park in western Germany.(Roberto Pfeil/DAPD)
BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH : Heimeroth – Levels, Anderson, Callsen Bracker, Daems – Bradley, Marx (Matmour 82′) – Reus, Arango – Bobadilla, de Camargo (Idrissou 72′)
HANNOVER 96 : Fromlowitz – Cherundolo, Eggimann, Pogatetz, Schulz – Schmiedebach, Pinto – Stindl (Hanke 59′), Rausch – Ya Konan (Forssell 90′), Schlaudraff (Chahed 83′)