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Match Report Hanover 96

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Match Report Hanover 96

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:35 pm


Bayern overturned a half-time deficit in a much-improved second 45 minutes to record a morale-boosting away win against ten-man Hanover on Saturday.

A capacity 49,000 crowd at the AWD Arena saw a sluggish first half display from the champions, as the Reds struggled to accommodate six new faces compared to the midweek trip to Milan.

Arnold Jan Bruggink hit the post early on as the home side created the lion's share of the chances, the Dutch midfielder going one better to net a deserved opener on the stroke of half-time.

<b>Micho on target</b>

The lead lasted just eight minutes as Bayern shifted up through the gears after the restart, Martin Demichelis levelling the scores on 53 minutes before Bastian Schweinsteiger thumped home a beauty to put his side in front twenty minutes from time.

Frank Fahrenhorst's dismissal for a professional foul on Mark van Bommel with ten minutes remaining merely added to the champions' increasing authority as the Bavarians comfortably ran down time to seal a crucial three points.

<b>Ringing the changes</b>

With the domestic fixture sandwiched between two glamour meetings with AC Milan and a number of greater or lesser injuries affecting key players, coach Ottmar Hitzfeld had already announced his intention to rotate his squad.

In the event, the Bavarians showed no fewer than six changes to the side which drew 2-2 in northern Italy on Tuesday as Kahn, Görlitz, Demichelis, Lell, van Bommel and Pizarro came in for Rensing, Lucio, Salihamidzic, Sagnol, Hargreaves and Podolski.

<b>Home side in charge</b>

Van Bommel tested home keeper Robert Enke from long range and Roy Makaay had the ball in the net only to be hauled back for offside as the champions made a bright enough start, but there was little flow to the Reds' play and Kahn was a spectator when Bruggink's header from the lively Jan Rosenthal's 14th minute cross cannoned back off the upright.

That ushered in a long spell of Hanover pressure, Kahn saving well from Hanno Balitsch and Hungarian enforcer Szabolcs Huszti, before the Bayern number one topped his previous efforts with a glorious reaction stop to deny Fahrenhorst on 37 minutes.

Rosenthal was in an offside position when he buried the rebound from that incident, and Altin Lala also had the ball in the net earlier only for referee Manuel Gräfe to disallow the effort for an infringement by Fahrenhorst, but there was nothing wrong with Bruggink's 44th minute opener from Jiri Stajner's lay-off, the ball taking a wicked deflection off midweek hero Daniel van Buyten to leave Kahn utterly stranded.

<b>Huge improvement after restart</b>

Roque Santa Cruz replaced Görlitz after the restart as the visitors showed a timely sense of urgency. Pizarro tested Enke with a looping header, but the pressure finally told when Schweinsteiger fed Andi Ottl on 53 minutes, the Munich youth product laying off for Demichelis to tank his way past two defenders and blast home the equaliser.

The match livened up considerably now as Schweinsteiger cleared Dariusz Zuraw's powerful header off the line, but the Germany star was bang on target at the other end with a thumping drive to hand his side the lead on 71 minutes following the slickest move of the match between sub Lukas Podolski and the increasingly influential Ottl.

<b>Fahrenhorst dismissed</b>

Hanover's plight was compounded eleven minutes from time when Fahrenhorst received his marching orders for tugging at Van Bommel, and although Balitsch slid his drive narrowly wide and former Munich man Vahid Hashemian thrust into the box at the death, the men in Red saw the lead though to the final whistle without undue discomfort.

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