The unbeaten home record continues, goals galore and the latest on Matthias Ginter’s injury – here is everything you need to know looking back on Borussia’s 4-1 home win over Hannover 96.
The match started with an early setback for the Foals. Bobby Wood struck after just 22 seconds to give the visitors the lead. “We cannot allow this to become a habit. However, it was pleasing to see how the team responded as we scored a quick equaliser,” said Borussia head coach Dieter Hecking. His team were not put off by the early deficit, equalising just six minutes later through Thorgan Hazard. Michael Lang was able to turn the match around just before half-time with his first goal for the Foals. The hosts then dominated the second half as Lars Stindl and Denis Zakaria sealed the victory. “We are currently playing with a lot of quality and confidence. We fully deserved to win,” added Hecking.
Man of the match
Thorgan Hazard: Around 62% voted Thorgan Hazard as man of the match as the Belgian scored a well taken equaliser on his left foot before setting up Lars Stindl to make it 3-1. Hazard’s equaliser was his eighth strike of the season, making his the club’s joint top scorer alongside Alassane Plea. The 25 year old has been involved in nine goals in the last four Bundesliga matches (five goals, four assists).
Key number of the match
9: Borussia secured their ninth home Bundesliga victory in a row with victory over Hannover on Sunday. Thorgan Hazard’s equaliser was also Borussia’s 100th Bundesliga goal against Hannover. The Foals have now scored in each of their last 18 league matches, scoring at least three goals in each of their last four matches.
Side notes from the match
Tony Jantschke provided his seventh assist for the Foals in his 249th club appearance as he set up Michael Lang, who gave Borussia the lead with his first goal for the club since arriving from Basel this summer. “I’ve had to wait a few matches for my first goal for the club. I’m really pleased to have finally scored, especially because I scored at home,” said the Swiss full-back.
Matthias Ginter was involved in a nasty head collision with Hannover’s Sarenren Bazee in the 36th minute on Sunday. Ginter was treated on the pitch for several minutes before he was substituted out of the match. It was the first time that Ginter had failed to complete the full 90 minutes since he joined the Foals. Ginter had feature in all 4540 minutes in the 50 appearances he has made for the club until now. The Germany international was taken to hospital in an ambulance and the defender had fractured his eye socket and jawbone during the match. Ginter was due to undergo an operation on Tuesday.
Updates to the standings
Borussia have opened up a gap on the chasing pack as they secured all three points on Sunday. The Foals are second in the Bundesliga table and trail leaders Borussia Dortmund by four points. “We’re pleased with how we are performing. However, we know we have some very difficult away trips to Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Dortmund before Christmas,” said Hecking.
Borussia’s youngsters participate in a friendly away at Roda JC Kerkrade on Tuesday before the full squad begin their preparations for the away trip to Leipzig on Wednesday. The team will also train on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before facing RB Leipzig on Sunday afternoon (15:30 CET).