Borussia Dortmund kept up their pursuit of runaway leaders Bayern Munich with a comfortable home win over Hannover.
Hosts Borussia Dortmund warmed up for their looming Champions League clash at home to Shakhtar Donetsk with a 3-1 win over Hanover 96 to stay second in the Bundesliga.
With runaway league leaders Bayern Munich at relegation-threatened Hoffenheim on Sunday, Dortmund’s victory provisionally trims the Bavarians’ lead to 14 points.
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who had only been allowed to play on Friday after the German Football Association (DFB) reduced his three-match ban, scored twice in the first-half as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead after 21 minutes.
With Germany defender Mats Hummels out with flu, Brazilian Felipe Santana took over at centre-back, but his poorly timed clearance header needed a save from goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.
The parry fell into the path of Norway striker Mohammed Abdellaoue, who headed home for Hanover on 40 minutes.
Lewandowski’s back-up, Julian Schieber, who started on the right wing, made sure of the win when he headed the ball onto Dortmund’s Poland midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski, then drilled home the return pass on 72 minutes.