Hannover 96 2 – Bayern Munich 1


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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY of Bayern Munich (center) seeks to split the Hannover 96 pair of midfielder LARS STINDL (28) as well as United States World Cup defender and club captain STEVE CHERUNDOLO during the Bundesliga match at the AWD Arena in Lower Saxony.
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10/23/11
Bundesliga
Spieltag # 10

2 – HANNOVER 96 —————– Abdellaoue pen 23′, Pander 50′
1 – BAYERN MUNICH ———— Alaba 83′

A topsy-turvy match featuring everything from sensational saves to spectacular misses, balls rebounding off the proverbial woodwork to players from both sides being sent off by the refereee, saw home-standing HANNOVER 96 hold off visiting table-toppers BAYERN MUNICH 2-1 in the German Bundesliga.

Perhaps it was just not to meant to be Bayern Munich’s day. Youthful Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS, the 21-year-old who has already scored twice for Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League this fall but has failed to find the back of the net in the Bundesliga this season, smashed a right-footed shot from outside the box off the crossbar. Shortly thereafter, United States World Cup defender and Hannover 96 club captain STEVE CHERUNDOLO was felled in the penalty area.

Norway international striker MOHAMMED ABDELLAOUE made no mistake from the spot to score his seventh goal of this Bundesliga season and send Hannover 96 to the 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.

The expulsion of Germany international defender JEROME BOATENG as a result of an altercation meant Bayern Munich would have to play for more than an hour with only ten men; still, it was the hosts who conceded possesion and territory while content to play for the counter but the Bavarians found Hannover 96 goalkeeper RON-ROBERT ZIELER, the one-time Manchester United reserve who made a fair case for Man of the Match, to be in top form.

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Immediately after the break, Germany international striker and last term’s Bundesliga Torjaegermeister MARIO GOMEZ had a pair of bona-fide chances to bring Bayern Munich level. But the promising Zieler blocked both efforts from this season’s leading goal-scorer in the top flight, the second from point-blank range. Once again, the home side would make the visitors pay dearly for the missed opportunities.

28-year-old veteran midfielder CHRISTIAN PANDER, who left Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen on a free transfer this summer, benefited enormously from a deflection of his long shot and beat his Koenigsblauen colleague from last season, Bayern Munich goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER, to score a second goal for Hannover 96 in the 50th minute.

Bayern Munich continued to attack, nevertheless, and were delighted to have the Hannover Spielfuehrer Cherundolo shown a second yellow card shortly after the hour. Trainer JUPP HEYNCKES withdrew Brazil international right back RAFINHA in favor of Austria international winger DAVID ALABA, which paid off after the 19-year-old cooly slotted home a square ball from Germany World Cup defender and club captain PHILIPP LAHM to score his first-ever Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich in the 83rd minute. In the end, Heynckes went for broke and left three men at the back by exchanging Germany international defender HOLGER BADSTUBER for yet another attacking player in striker NILS PETERSEN, but all to no avail.

Bayern Munich could have still very easily gotten something from match, but Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER’s shot off the post late somehow summed up this Bundesliga affair for the Bavarians best.

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Hannover 96 veteran midfielder CHRISTIAN PANDER, the twice-capped Germany international who scored what proved to be the match-winner with the help of a beneficial deflection, battles for the ball with Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER during the Bundesliga match at the AWD Arena in Lower Saxony.
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HANNOVER 96 : Zieler – Cherundolo, Haggui, Pogatetz, Schulz (Rausch 46′) – Schmiedebach, Pinto – Stindl, Pander – Schlaudraff (Chahed 71′), Abdellaoue (Ya Konan 79′)

BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Rafinha (Alaba 68′), Boateng, Badstuber (Petersen 87′), Lahm – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger – Mueller, Kroos, Ribery – Gomez (Olic 83′)

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