Dortmund crush Hannover to move nine points clear

Dortmund went nine points clear in the Bundesliga with a crushing 5-1 win over Hannover 96 in their first home match in the Bundesliga after the winter break.

Dortmund got off the start with the clearer chances and showed a sign of things to come as Marco Reus twice went close when booting from close range over the crossbar and then hitting the base of the post.

Former Real Madrid defender Hakimi combined for a one-two and Raphael Guerreiro down the left side of the edge of the box to curl the ball inside Michael Esser’s far post in the 24th minute for the opener.

Hannover held on until the hour, when they were punished for dallying on the ball as  Miiko Albornoz was dispossessed on the edge of his own area by a charging Hakimi, to slip in Reus to find the back of the net.

England hot-shot Jadon Sancho provided the third cut inside from the left wing, then across the box before slipping in Mario Götzeto fire from a narrow edge and Raphael Guerreiro then added the fourth goal with Reus slipping the Portuguese defender to tuck from a similar position.

Albornoz restored some sort of decency to the score and made up for his costly mistake as he was allowed to run from the halfway line and strike to goal with the shot taking two massive deflections to nestle into the back of the net but Axel Witsel struck in stoppage time from 25 yards for the fifth.


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