Mar 18, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at ​Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund)
Attendance: 81,360
DortmundBorussia Dortmund
1-0
Hannover
Batshuayi (24')
Akanji (79'), Sokratis (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Schwegler (28')

Result: Michy Batshuayi fires Borussia Dortmund past Hannover

Borussia Dortmund beat Hannover 1-0 at the Westfalenstadion through Michy Batshuayi's sixth Bundesliga goal since arriving in January.

Michy Batshuayi proved to be the matchwinner for the second week running as Borussia Dortmund edged out Hannover 1-0 in Sunday afternoon's Bundesliga clash.

The on-loan Chelsea forward took his league tally for the campaign to six goals - just one fewer than he managed in 18 months at Stamford Bridge before being shipped out.

Batshuayi's latest strike, coming a week on from his dramatic double against Eintracht Frankfurt, was arguably his most audacious yet as he used the outside of his boot to flick the ball on for the only goal of the contest.

Three days on from their Europa League exit at the hands of Red Bull Salzburg, Dortmund started the match as though they had a point to prove.

Batshuayi hit the post wit just 36 seconds on the clock and Philipp Tschauner had a number of other shots to keep out, including from both star man Andre Schurrle and Gonzalo Castro.

The breakthrough moment arrived a little over a quarter of the way through, though, with Batshuayi diverting Schurrle's front-post delivery past Tschauner with a smart finish.

The Belgian striker perhaps should have added to his tally, missing a couple of openings from close range in the remainder, while up the other end Roman Burki was tested by Pirmin Schwegler from a rare Hannover chance.

Felix Klaus tried his luck with a couple of long-range efforts, but Dortmund looked comfortable and could have doubled their advantage when substitute Maximilian Philipp found the post rather than the back of the net late on.

BVB are now back within a point of second-placed rivals Schalke 04 in the race to finish runners-up behind Bayern Munich.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Burki; Piszczek, Akanji, Toprak (Sokratis 46'), Schmelzer; Castro (Weigl 64'), Dahoud; Pulisic (Philipp 70'), Gotze, Schurrle; Batshuayi

HANNOVER (3-4-1-2): Tschauner; Sorg (Fossum 78'), Anton, Sane; Korb, Schwegler, Bakalorz (Maina 86'), Ostrzolek; Klaus; Jonathas, Fullkrug (Sarenren Bazee 73')

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