An early penalty from midfielder Marco Reus was enough to give Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win over Hanover 96 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Borussia Dortmund were gifted a 4th minute penalty when Hanover 96 defender Hiroki Sakai fouled Erik Durm in the box.
Reus stepped up confidently and slotted past keeper Zieler to put the hosts ahead at Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund pressed forward in search of that two goal cushion, when Durm saw a shot from outside the box flying way over in the 10th minute.
The visitor’s Artur Sobiech let fly from outside the box three minutes later, but the striker’s shot was easily gathered by the home side’s goalkeeper Weidenfeller.
Jurgen Klopp’s men then went close in the 21st minute when goal-scorer Reus had a left footed shot blocked, after some good link up play with striker Robert Lewandowski.
Two minute later Midfielder Nuri Sahin then played a delightful ball into the box but Neven Subotic could only put his header over the bar.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then came close in the 25th minute after a neat exchange with Reus, but the Gabonese forward’s shot from just outside the box went just to the left of Zieler’s post.
Five minutes later and the Hanover’s striker Sobiech then had a left-footed shot blocked from outside the box.
Reus almost grabbed his second of the game in the 33rd minute but Zieler did well to keep his right-footed effort out, which looked destined for the top corner.
Sokratis then should have doubled the hosts lead, but the Greek defender’s free header from a Kevin Großkreutz corner went well wide of the left hand post.
Hanover striker Sobiech again threatened for Hanover, but his powerful shot from outside the box went straight at Weidenfeller and the Dortmund shot-stopper was not tested.
BVB Midfielder Sahin then let fly from outside the box on the stroke of half-time but his shot was saved by Zieler.
Klopp’s men pressed forward in search of a second, with Aubameyang coming close with a shot in the 50th minute and Subotic heading wide in the 54th following a Reus corner.
The visitors had chances of their own, and Sobiech again coming close but his left footed-shot was high and wide.
In the end the penalty by Reus was enough to get Borussia Dortmund’s Dortmund back to winning ways.
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