Match - Sat 2 March, 16:30, Signal Iduna Park
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Dortmund secure tight grip on second spot
Mohammed Abdellaoue got the visitors’ only goal in this Bundesliga fixture.
In the eighth minute it was all too easy for the home team, who stretch their rivals down the right. Kevin Grosskreutz got to the by-line and crosses low and Lewandowski was on hand to slot the ball home without a moment's hesitation.
In the 16th minute there was a big call in the match. Hannover broke incisively and had the ball in the net, but the linesman's flag was up. At the very most Mohammad Abdellaoue looked level when he took the final pass.
But five minutes later Lewandowski grabbed another goal. Grosskreutz was again key, he sent in a low shot which was parried by Hannover keeper Ron-Robert Zieler. The Polish star appeared offside, but wasn't, and he took his time to bury the rebound to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute.
Five minute before the half time break the away side pulled a goal back. Pinto's free-kick was headed inexplicably onto the bar by Santana, who looked extremely confused. The rebound was tucked away by Abdellouae, who couldn't miss from close range.
Three minutes into second half Gundogan released a rocket of a shot. A brilliantly-controlled half-volley from the midfielder released on the edge of the area fizzed past Zieler's left post.
Dortmund forward Lewandowski showcased some skill in the 54th minute when he chased down a long ball then took out former Arsenal defender Djourou out of the game by a chip over the head, and the striker followed it up by volleying that went just wide.
With 18 minutes left in the match Dortmund got a two goal cushion. Hannover were all over the place at the back, Dortmund attacked with pace and gaps appeared. Kuba did well to take down an awkward ball and unselfishly left it for Schieber, who powered home to end the contest.