Dortmund deliver second-half turnaround
Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga title push got back into gear with a 4-1 win over Hannover at the Westfalenstadion.
Mohammed Abdellaoue gave the visitors a shock lead in the 57th minute, but Dortmund controlled the rest of the game and deservedly took all three points to maintain their seven-point cushion at the top of the table with six games remaining.
Mario Gotze, Lucas Barrios and Kevin Grosskreutz were all on target for Jurgen Klopp's men, who won for the first time in almost a month.
"If you go 1-0 down, it is not a great position to be in, but we produced a great goal to get back in the game," said Klopp. "From that basis, we made sure of the victory, which was important for us."
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller invited Didier Ya Konan to take Hannover's first chance of the game when he came racing out of his goal, but the striker's shot from 25 yards out failed to find the target.
A minute later, the home side should have gone ahead when Barrios somehow managed to shoot wide from close range with the goal gaping.
Hannover went ahead in the 57th minute with Abdellaoue ghosting in at the far post to meet Sergio Pinto's cross and tap the ball in from close range.
Their joy was shortlived, though, with Gotze bringing the home team level within two minutes when he cut in from the left and beat Florian Fromlowitz with his shot into the far corner.
Barrios put Dortmund ahead in the 64th minute when his powerful header from Lukasz Piszczek's right-wing cross left Fromlowitz no chance at all.
And he made it three less than ten minutes later when he took advantage of a slip by Karim Haggui on the edge of the area and threaded the ball through the legs of Fromlowitz to send the home crowd wild with joy.
Grosskreutz completed the scoring seven minutes from time as he coolly slotted the ball into the far corner after latching onto a neat backheel flick from Barrios.