New coach, old problem: Even under Lucien Favre, Borussia Dortmund’s away weakness continues. The Bundesliga league leader did not get past 0-0 in Hanover 96 and has been waiting for a win on a foreign pitch since February.
In front of 49,000 spectators in the sold-out World Cup arena at Maschsee, the visitors, still without Barcelona loan Paco Alcacer, could not prevail against the uncompromising Niedersachsen. Axel Witsel, in particular, did not set any impulses, the Belgian’s match usually passed him by.
The underdog made life difficult for the Westphalians in the first half with narrow spaces and run-in-intensive defensive work. The technical superiority of the visitors did not come to bear at first, the game was open. In the 26th minute “96” could even have taken the lead, but a shot from Linton Maina was blocked in the last second to the corner.
Marco Reus, who had been rather inconspicuous until then, found his way into the game better towards the end of the first period and had the BVB lead in mind twice: In the 40th minute, 96 goalkeeper Michael Esser fended off the cross shot of the international with his foot. 120 seconds later, the BVB captain only hit the top of the bar. “I had the two biggest chances,” said Reus.
Only seconds after the restart, the Dortmund fans made their presence felt unpleasantly, they burned down in Bengalo’s upper guest tier. As announced, the fans of Hannover 96 ended their mood boycott from the previous season. They had protested against 96 President Martin Kind and his takeover plans. Tasty Bingo run’s a special promotions from time to time but these are invariably networked with sister sites.
With Bobby Wood in place of Takuma Asano at the top of the attack, the hosts continued to act bravely and with a brash attacking game at the beginning of the second half. Favre was tugging his way through the coaching zone, while his colleague Andre Breitenreiter watched the scenario with his hands in his pockets.
After exactly one hour, the BVB failed for the third time on the goalposts. This time it was a header from Maximilian Philipp who clapped at the post. On the other side Waldemar Anton failed with a volley shot narrowly (78th).
A few minutes before the start of the match, the top players had made the crowd cheer with the announcement of Niclas Füllkrug‘s contract extension. The 25-year-old’s contract is now valid beyond 2020 until 30 June 2022.
The Hanover-born striker had scored 14 goals last season and thus made a significant contribution to maintaining his class. A lucrative offer from league competitor Borussia Mönchengladbach during the summer break had been rejected by 96 manager Horst Heldt.