Batshuayi’s backheel condemns Hannover to defeat by Dortmund
Michy Batshuayi's cheeky backheel was enough to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday, lifting them within a point of second-placed Schalke.
Michy Batshuayi’s superb backheel gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday, moving to within a point of second-placed Schalke.
Dortmund dominated the first half and could easily have gone into half-time three goals to the good, with Batshuayi running the Hannover defence ragged. However, his 24th minute strike was all that separated the sides at the break. The second half was far more tightly contested and end-to-end, but the scoreline remained until the final whistle.
Dortmund got off to a flying start as Andre Schurrle played Batshuayi in behind the defence and the on-loan Chelsea striker fired into the post with only the keeper to beat just 35 seconds in.
The hosts continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded in the 24th minute, with the same duo combining for the goal. Batshuayi expertly backheeled home with his right foot after meeting a Schurrle corner.
Philipp Tschauner denied the striker a second goal from close range in the 35th minute, while five minutes later, Roman Burki was finally called into action at the other end. The Swiss keeper reacted well to deny Pirmin Schwelgler’s right-footed effort after he met a Matthias Ostrzolek cross.
The second half picked up where the first left off – with both teams showing attacking intent. Dortmund looked shaky in dealing with a 49th minute Hannover corner, but then hit the visitors on the counter. Tschauner had to make two saves in quick succession to deny Mahmoud Dahoud – the second coming off the back of a corner forced by the first.
Hannover then had a spell where they looked to be taking control, but Dahoud nearly caught them out at the other end, firing narrowly off target from long range in the 70th minute.
The visitors thought they had an 80th minute equaliser after a well-worked move from a free-kick, but the goal was disallowed for an offside flag against Jonathas.
Maximilian Philipp spurned a chance to seal the game at the other end in the 89th minute, hitting the post after being set up by Batshuayi.
Try as they might, however, Hannover couldn’t force a late equaliser and Dortmund extended their unbeaten run to 10 Bundesliga matches.