Mario Gotze believes his 2014 World Cup-winning goal for Germany was "not that great" for his career, conceding it created "huge" expectations.

Borussia Dortmund star Gotze, then of rivals Bayern Munich, was long tipped to be one of the world's very best and had a decisive impact in the biggest match of his life when he scored the only goal of the final against Argentina at the Maracana.

But having failed to kick on in the subsequent years, returning to Dortmund and falling out of favour with the national team amid a metabolic disorder that sidelined him for five months, Gotze acknowledges the expectation became too much.

"Once I stop playing, it will probably be the experience I cherish most, the first thing that comes to mind," he told The Athletic. "There is nothing more amazing [than the final goal].

"But for my active career, it was not that great, perhaps. The strong emotional response created huge expectations.

"It became lodged in people's minds that I was the guy to score decisive goals in decisive games all the time. That was the assumption out there."

Rather than concerning himself continuing to try to live up to those expectations, though, Gotze is content with first performing for Dortmund.

"It would be great to play another big [international] tournament, but it's not my target right now," he added.

"My priority is to reach my personal goals with Dortmund. I can't influence anything else. There is always an element of luck involved in getting called up."

Gotze believes he can enjoy his football under Lucien Favre, while he gives little thought to the idea he has failed to fulfil huge potential.

"I'm doing well, I'm relaxed, I'm very cool," he said. "In any job, it's important that you're feeling comfortable, that your body works and that you can find your inner balance.

"The most important thing for me right now is to enjoy playing football. I want to relish the experience in the knowledge that many things tend to happen over the course of a season. To deal with these situations, to appreciate them, that's the trick.

"What does 'doing justice to your potential' mean? I'm not a big fan of imagining what could have been. There is no point.

"All I can do is to stay true to myself and to the journey I'm on. I want to grow, I want to improve, I want to achieve the maximum possible at any given moment.

"I want to be able to say that I went my own way at the end and performed to the very limit of my ability."

Mario Gotze has held discussions with Borussia Dortmund about extending his contract but revealed he is open to a move abroad.

Attacking midfielder Gotze has one year left on his deal at Signal Iduna Park and has reportedly attracted the interest of Arsenal.

The World Cup winner is considering the potential of joining a club outside Germany despite being in talks over a renewal at Dortmund.

"I am now going into my 10th Bundesliga season, so it's logical foreign countries sometimes play a role in your thoughts," Gotze told Bild.

"As a footballer, you have the privilege of being able to work in almost every country in the world.

"There have already been one or two conversations with BVB. I have one more year on my contract and I am totally relaxed in every aspect."

Dortmund are believed to have spent more than €100million to sign Mats Hummels, Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt ahead of the 2019-20 season.

However, Gotze warned such expenditure alone will not be enough to overthrow Bayern Munich, who won a seventh straight Bundesliga title last term.

"In the end, what it looks like after the 34th matchday is all that counts. And many new additions do not necessarily mean success," said Gotze.

"If you have ambitions and big goals, you have to buy quality to get better. Money alone, however, is no guarantee of a title."

On his reunion with Hummels, he added: "Mats and I have been through a lot of great things together, things we'll never forget; we've won a World Cup together, celebrated Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles.

"But today things are a little different than they were back then. We have a different coach and the team is completely different."

Bayern's only major moves in the transfer market have been to bring in Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, but Gotze does not think that means they can be discounted as title favourites.

"They are still Bayern Munich. It should not be forgotten that even without a load of new signings, they have a top squad with whom they won two titles last season," he said.

Mats Hummels is set to return to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich, joining former team-mate Mario Gotze back at Signal Iduna Park.

Hummels and Gotze were both part of the Dortmund teams that won back-to-back Bundesliga titles under Jurgen Klopp, so Lucien Favre will hope they can lead BVB back to the top.

Deals between the two German giants are not very common, but there have been some high-profile examples of players to feature for both Bayern and Dortmund.

Omnisport picks out six of the best, with Hummels' return costing Dortmund a reported €38million fee.

Mats Hummels

Hummels will know his way around Signal Iduna Park as it is only three years since the former BVB captain left Dortmund for Bayern. And he had already moved in the other direction earlier in his career. It is often forgotten Hummels started his career at Bayern only to sign for Dortmund, initially on loan, in January 2008. There, he would become one of the most impressive young defenders in the game, so it was no surprise Bayern bought him back in 2016.

Even at the age of 30, Dortmund will hope Hummels has more to give, especially as he will no longer be playing international football after Joachim Low's decision to drop him from the Germany squad. Hummels could make his next Dortmund debut against Bayern in August's DFB-Supercup.


Robert Lewandowski

Like Hummels, Lewandowski made his name at Dortmund and played a key part in their double title-winning success in the Klopp era. And, like Hummels, he was tempted away by Bavarian giants Bayern, making the switch in 2014.

Since then, the Poland international has developed a reputation as one of the world's finest strikers, often scoring against Dortmund, but the last couple of years have seen him linked with a move away. It is possible his star is on the wane too as the 22 Bundesliga goals last term were his lowest return since the 30-year-old's first season at Bayern.


Mario Gotze

There will be a familiar face for Hummels in the Dortmund dressing room as Gotze is also back at the club. The playmaker, who scored the goal that clinched World Cup glory for Germany in 2014, left Dortmund for Bayern in 2013 but never truly settled at the club and it made sense for BVB to bring him back after three mostly unhappy seasons.

"I can understand many fans could not accept my decision [to leave Dortmund]," he said. "I wouldn't reach it today either." Although a metabolic disorder has kept Gotze on the sidelines, he still scored seven Bundesliga goals last term and has won the club's fans back over.


Torsten Frings 

Germany midfielder Frings had short spells for both Dortmund and Bayern, but he is best remembered for his two long periods as a Werder Bremen player.

Dortmund signed Frings from Werder during the 2002 World Cup but after two years he left for Bayern, where he won a domestic double. It was his only season in Munich, though, and he was soon back at Bremen.


Christian Nerlinger

Even though he was from Dortmund, it was at Bayern where Nerlinger started his career, winning a brace of Bundesliga titles as well as the UEFA Cup in 1995-96. 

Nerlinger joined hometown club Dortmund in 1998 but injuries affected his ability to make an impact and the midfielder, capped six times by Germany, was forced into early retirement in December 2005.


Thomas Helmer

Euro 1996 winner Helmer joined Dortmund from Arminia Bielefeld in 1986, but only won the DFB-Pokal at the club. Bayern were interested in buying the defender in 1992 but Dortmund were unwilling to sell him to their Bundesliga rivals.

Instead, Helmer moved to Ligue 1 side Lyon, but he then switched to Bayern in controversial circumstances only three months later. Helmer would become Bayern's captain and won three league titles before an inauspicious end to his career at Sunderland.

Jadon Sancho is guaranteed to stay at Borussia Dortmund for next season, according to CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

England winger Sancho has been heavily linked with Manchester United after a standout 2018-19 in the Bundesliga, in which he registered 12 goals and 14 assists in 34 appearances.

Dortmund have always maintained they do not intend to sell the 19-year-old, though, and Watzke has made it clear Sancho is not on the market.

"It can be assumed that Jadon will not play more than 10 years at BVB," he said to Bild. "But we have clear agreements about the present. Jadon is not on the market and he plays next season at Borussia Dortmund, guaranteed."

Dortmund, who missed out on the league title to Bayern Munich by two points, have wasted little time in strengthening their squad.

Deals for Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz have all been confirmed in the past week, with the majority of the outlay funded by Christian Pulisic's move to Chelsea.

"If you look at the transfer fees, you see that we were not wasteful: we got around 64million euros for Christian Pulisic and invested about 10million euros net in the three new signings," said Watzke.

"We turned one into three. My big compliment goes to our sporting director Michael Zorc."

Next up among Dortmund's priorities is to extend the contracts of head coach Lucien Favre and midfielder Mario Gotze, with Watzke saying: "I feel they both feel very well. We will deal with these two topics in the next few weeks. We want to extend with both.

"With the runner-up spot, he [Favre] achieved more than we expected. He has finally given the team a clear style of play again. Lucien is the right person for Dortmund. In the second and third year, it will become clear whether we can collect titles together."

Champions Bayern have also made significant moves in the market, spending a reported €118m on deals for Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and 19-year-old Jann-Fiete Arp.

They are also interested in Manchester City's Leroy Sane, something Watzke says he would be happy to see.

"I think it would be very good if Bayern bring Leroy Sane back as a German national player, because that would increase the appeal of the league. I would be the first to congratulate them," he added.

Thomas Delaney and Mario Gotze were Borussia Dortmund's heroes as they beat 10-man Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 to keep their hopes of snatching the Bundesliga title away from Bayern Munich alive going into the final day of the season.

Delaney provided an assist for Christian Pulisic to give Dortmund the lead and, following Oliver Fink's equaliser courtesy of a Marwin Hitz howler, restored their advantage before Mario Gotze poached a third.

Dusseldorf midfielder Adam Bodzek was sent off and Dawid Kownacki pulled one back late on as Dortmund edged a result which, coupled with Bayern's goalless draw with RB Leipzig, ensures the title race goes down to the wire with Dortmund two points behind their bitter rivals ahead of their last day trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.

A point should be enough for Bayern to clinch the title as they take on Eintracht Frankfurt at home, but Dortmund look determined to give themselves every chance of capitalising if the champions slip up.

Pulisic dragged a shot wide after 12 minutes at Signal Iduna-Park before Dodi Lukebakio had a brilliant solo effort ruled out for offside.

The breakthrough arrived when Delaney nodded Raphael Guerreiro's looping cross back across the face of goal and Pulisic flung himself at the ball to beat Michael Rensing with a diving header.

Dortmund looked in control until Hitz, making only his second Bundesliga appearance of the season, allowed Fink's tame close-range header to slip through his hands and squirm between his legs two minutes after the restart.

The hosts' crisp passing helped them reassume command six minutes later, Delaney drilling home from 12 yards at the second time of asking as the ball pinged around the Dusseldorf box.

Lukebakio won a penalty when Hitz and Manuel Akanji sandwiched him in the air, but the Belgian forward staggered his run-up to the spot-kick and shot wide to the right of the target.

Dusseldorf threatened an equaliser until Bodzek was given a straight red card for a dreadful challenge on substitute Jadon Sancho, with Gotze quickly capitailsing on Dortmund's numerical advantage with a raking shot that wrong-footed Rensing.

Kownacki showed superb technique when he controlled a chipped ball into the box on his thigh and sent a volley bouncing into the net but a comeback proved beyond the visitors.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre believes the interpretation of football's handball rule is becoming "ridiculous" after his team's devastating 4-2 Revierderby defeat to Schalke turned on a penalty awarded against Julian Weigl. 

Mario Gotze headed Dortmund into an early lead but Daniel Caligiuri levelled from an 18th-minute penalty, with Weigl deemed guilty via a VAR review when a shot was blasted at him from close quarters. 

Dortmund unravelled horribly thereafter, with Salif Sane putting Schalke ahead and Caligiuri netting a stunning 62nd-minute free-kick either side of Marco Reus and Marius Wolf being red carded for lunging tackles on Suat Serdar. 

"I've never experienced something like this, it's difficult to deal with," Favre told Sky, after Breel Embolo completed the scoring to render Axel Witsel's 85th-minuite goal for nine-man Dortmund a greater irrelevance. 

"The penalty shows how ridiculous football has become. This handball rule, it is the biggest scandal in football that nobody knows anything about it. It's a disgrace." 

The former Nice boss picked up the theme at his post-match news conference. 

"It's a joke," he said. "Not just today's penalty, but in general. Should the players cut off their arms and run without them?" 

Schalke boss Huub Stevens looked perplexed on the sideline when the penalty was awarded and offered sympathy to his opposite number. 

"I think it's very disgusting that a penalty like this has been given," he said.

"I told Lucien Favre that I am not happy with it as well. But my team received these kind of decisions against us in the weeks before." 

Favre chose not to complain in a similar manner about the red cards awarded to his captain Reus and Wolf, but again suggested he did not agree with referee Felix Zwayer's interpretations. 

"We have to avoid these situations. But we need to admit that the referee didn't have his best day," he said.

Schalke midfielder Omar Mascarell stated Dortmund lost their composure and felt Reus and Wolf could have no complaints. 

"When the result is not what you want, sometimes you get nervous and lose yourself," he said. 

"For me it was two red cards." 

Victory for Bayern Munich over second-bottom Nurnberg on Sunday will increase the champions' lead over Dortmund to four points with three matches to play and Favre felt it was time to concede the title. 

"Yes, of course, the title race is done," he added. "It's hard to stomach but it is what it is."

Nine-man Borussia Dortmund collapsed to a nightmare 4-2 Revierderby defeat against bitter rivals Schalke, leaving Bayern Munich as strong favourites to win a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. 

Lucien Favre's side looked set to keep their bid for glory on track when Jadon Sancho brilliantly created Mario Gotze's early goal but Daniel Caligiuri converted an 18th-minute penalty. 

Salif Sane gave Schalke the lead before the half hour and Caligiuri scored a magnificent free-kick in between red cards for Marco Reus and Marius Wolf as Dortmund imploded at a remarkable rate. 

Axel Witsel pulled one back five minutes from time but Breel Embolo lashed another fine finish into the bottom corner, sparking more delirious celebrations from the travelling Schalke contingent.

Bayern will go four points clear at the summit with three games to play if they beat struggling Nurnberg on Sunday. 

Christian Pulisic is out of Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga game at home to Wolfsburg, head coach Lucien Favre has confirmed.

Pulisic sustained a quad injury on international duty with United States and is not available for Saturday's match, with Lukasz Piszczek and Maximilian Philipp also absent.

Dortmund are level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table, although the defending champions lead on goal difference ahead of the April 6 meeting between the sides at the Allianz Arena.

Favre, however, will have to do without Pulisic, who will join Chelsea ahead of the 2019-20 season, for the Wolfsburg clash.

"All of the players returned fit except for Christian Pulisic," Favre told reporters. "Unfortunately, he won't play on Saturday for sure.

"They are okay. They all took part in training. [Mario] Gotze, [Paco] Alcacer and [Axel] Witsel trained the whole week.

"Everything is fine. Still, Lukasz Piszczek and Maximilian Philipp are not ready for the match."

Gotze has been one of Dortmund's key men in their title charge and sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed the club are keen to offer the playmaker a new deal.

"We all realised that Mario Gotze is improving throughout the season and I hope he is not done yet. I hope he will keep improving," said Zorc. 

"Regarding contract talks, we don't want to announce them officially but want to talk with the player personally."

 

Bayern Munich shattered the Bundesliga transfer record on Wednesday when they agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.

The World Cup winner will join Bayern at the end of the season for a massive €80million - almost double the previous incoming record when the Bavarian giants signed Corentin Tolisso two years ago.

Bayern have typically spent the biggest fees in Germany, but the Bundesliga lagged behind Europe's other top leagues in this regard.

We take a look at the largest deals in the league's history after Lucas shook things up.

 

LUCAS HERNANDEZ (€80m - Atletico to Bayern, 2019)

After establishing himself as a star at both centre-back and left-back for club and country, Lucas will leave his first club Atleti for a five-year deal at Bayern.

CORENTIN TOLISSO (€41.5m - Lyon to Bayern, 2017)

Lucas' international team-mate Tolisso was long linked with a move away from Lyon before finally joining Bayern in 2017, scoring six goals in his first Bundesliga season.

JAVI MARTINEZ (€40m - Athletic Bilbao to Bayern, 2012)

Another big Bayern signing from overseas, the versatile Martinez has become a key man since leaving Athletic, winning the Bundesliga in each of his six seasons at the club.

MATS HUMMELS (€38m - Borussia Dortmund to Bayern, 2016)

Another example of the expenditure Bayern have committed to boosting their backline, Hummels left Dortmund as they lagged behind the champions in the Bundesliga three years ago.

ARTURO VIDAL (€37m - Juventus to Bayern, 2015)

Juventus reached the Champions League final in 2014-15 but then lost Andrea Pirlo, Carlos Tevez and Vidal in quick succession, with the Chile international joining Bayern before moving on to Barcelona.

MARIO GOTZE (€37m - Dortmund to Bayern, 2013)

Hummels was following a well-trodden path when he left Dortmund for Bayern. Gotze had made the same switch in 2013 - the season before his World Cup heroics - although he later returned and said he regretted the transfer.

JULIAN DRAXLER (€35m - Schalke to Wolfsburg, 2015)

The first player in this list not to join Bayern, Draxler's performances for Schalke took him to Wolfsburg, but he was soon seeking another move. He transferred to Paris Saint-Germain 18 months later.

BENJAMIN PAVARD (€35m - Stuttgart to Bayern, 2019)

The full-back on the opposite side of the field in France's 2018 World Cup triumph, Pavard, like Lucas, has agreed to join Bayern ahead of next season.

RENATO SANCHES (€35m - Benfica to Bayern, 2016)

With Sanches starring for Portugal at Euro 2016, this looked set to be a smart move by Bayern. It has proved anything but, with the midfielder struggling in Germany and during a loan stint at Swansea City.

ANDRE SCHURRLE (€32m - Chelsea to Wolfsburg, 2015)

Wolfsburg's first big spend in 2015 saw Schurrle join the club in the window before Draxler's arrival. Schurrle too was soon on the move, though, joining Dortmund the following year.

Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Mario Gotze is set for a spell on the sidelines with a broken rib.

Gotze sustained the injury prior to Saturday's Bundesliga match against Hertha Berlin and consequently did not travel to the capital with the Dortmund squad.

No timeframe has been given for the 26-year-old's return to action.

Gotze wrote on Twitter: "Due to a broken rib, I cannot help my team in Berlin.

"I keep my fingers crossed for the boys and I hope to play again soon."

Dortmund will return to the top of the Bundesliga with a win at the Olympiastadion, as leaders Bayern Munich are not in action until Sunday, when they face Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund will not sell Jadon Sancho before next season, sporting director Michael Zorc has insisted.

England international Sancho has enjoyed a stunning season at Signal Iduna Park, with eight goals and 10 assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances.

The 18-year-old's form has seen him linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, who are reportedly considering a bid of up to £100million to bring him back to the Premier League.

However, Zorc says the former Manchester City youngster will not be going anywhere.

"I'm far from putting a price tag on Jadon, but I would say that, even for the biggest club in the world, it would be hard to get his transfer through right now," he told Sport Bild.

"Jadon will play at Dortmund next season. We're definitely planning with him."

Zorc also intends to open contract talks with midfielder Mario Gotze, whose deal expires at the end of next season.

Gotze has established himself as an important member of Lucien Favre's squad, having battled back to full fitness following a metabolic issue.

"We'll find the right time to talk to him about it," Zorc said of a possible Gotze extension.

"His development this season has been really good. Mario was handicapped for a long time due to his metabolic problems and we gave him the time to come back."

Borussia Dortmund returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga with a 3-2 triumph over Bayer Leverkusen, making it an unhappy return to Signal Iduna Park for Peter Bosz.

Dutchman Bosz was Dortmund coach for the first half of the 2017-18 campaign before being sacked, and although his new team looked promising at times on Sunday, the hosts were slightly more ruthless in attack.

Jadon Sancho was the key man in the first half for Dortmund, setting up Dan-Axel Zagadou and scoring his eighth goal of the season either side of Kevin Volland's strike.

Mario Gotze scored what proved to be the vital goal in the second half, with Jonathan Tah's late header ultimately not enough to inspire a comeback as Dortmund ended a run of three successive draws to restore their three-point lead over Bayern Munich.

Leverkusen looked the brighter of the two sides for much of the first half but found themselves trailing in the 30th minute as Zagadou swept home from Sancho's corner.

The away side hit back soon after through Volland, the forward finding the bottom-right corner with his left foot from about 25 yards.

But they only remained level for a minute – Sancho producing an exquisite volley from an Abdou Diallo left-wing cross.

Gotze got Dortmund's third with an hour played, finding the bottom-left corner from the edge of the area after a cross kindly deflected into his path.

Leverkusen made things tense late on when Tah guided Julian Brandt's deep free-kick in despite Roman Burki getting a hand to it, but it proved to be too little, too late, as Dortmund held on.

Ilkay Gundogan looks at his Manchester City team-mate David Silva with great admiration, adamant any player would learn just by watching the Spanish playmaker. 

Silva joined City in 2010 after rising to prominence in LaLiga with Valencia, persuading the club to fork out a reported £25million for him. 

Initially there were doubts about Silva's suitability to the more physical Premier League, particularly in a central position, but any such reservations were swiftly swept away. 

The 33-year-old quickly became a mainstay and his longevity and general excellence have led to some suggesting he is the Premier League's greatest foreign player. 

Gundogan believes his colleague is an example to anyone. 

"You learn more about football in general when you watch players like David," Gundogan said on DAZN's Talking Tactics show. 

"David is extremely strong in the small turns, in decision-making and in the passing game. If you have a midfielder like David against you who plays such passes, then I do not want to be a full-back.

"It does not matter if you have to go into one-on-one situations against David or defend the passing route - both are extremely difficult.

"Nevertheless, one should always be careful with all esteem. You shouldn't want to imitate everything [of another player], if it does not fit your own game."

Gundogan also thinks highly of Mario Gotze, his international colleague and former Borussia Dortmund team-mate.

The City midfielder joined Dortmund in 2011, just after Gotze – then a teenager – had broken into Dortmund's first-team and looked destined for the top, and Gundogan found his ability intimidating.

"There was once a player [Gotze] I found incredible in training," he added. "A player I thought, 'What is he doing?' This player was Mario Gotze.

"I thought: 'He must be only 18 or 19?' I was 20 or 21 years old myself. When I started training at Dortmund, this boy did things in training that made me think, 'wow, if he does not come all the way up, then I do not know [who will].' That was overwhelming for me.

"You just did not get the ball [from him]. I have often tried to defend against him. Whether the ball was in the air or on the foot, you did not manage to separate him from the ball.

"Mario has always made the right decisions, whether in dribbling or with a pass."

Borussia Dortmund let a three-goal lead slip inside 15 second-half minutes as Hoffenheim claimed a 3-3 draw that could put a dent in the hosts' Bundesliga title charge.

Lucien Favre's men are winless in three matches in all competitions and the manner of their collapse in the closing stages against a physical Hoffenheim side will worry the head coach, who missed the match with a bout of flu.

Jadon Sancho scored his first goal of 2019 and his seventh of the season as the home side dominated the first half and he was instrumental when Mario Gotze struck.

A wonderful moment of skill from Sancho led to Raphael Guerreiro scoring Dortmund's third before Hoffenheim's comeback, which featured goals from substitute Ishak Belfodil and Pavel Kaderabek.

Dortmund failed to deal with Belfodil's imposing presence and he scored either side of Kaderabek's towering header to earn Julian Nagelsman's side a draw, opening the door for Bayern Munich to cut the gap to BVB to five points when they face Schalke later on Saturday.

Marco Reus starred with a goal and an assist as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Hannover 5-1 on Saturday, moving nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga at least until Sunday.

Lucien Favre's men were in control for much of the match, but it was a ruthless second-half display that did most of the damage, as they scored four times after the break to comprehensively defeat their relegation-threatened visitors.

Full-back Achraf Hakimi broke the deadlock with a fine strike, and while Hannover managed to tighten up at the back until half-time, Dortmund were rampant in the second half.

Reus – set up by Hakimi – got a deserved goal after an hour, before Mario Gotze and Raphael Guerreiro added to things, and, although Benjamin Hadzic at least got Hannover on the scoreboard, Axel Witsel rounded things off at the end.

After some earlier Reus chances went begging, the breakthrough arrived in the 24th minute – Hakimi sending a fierce strike into the right side of the net after a clever one-two with Guerreiro.

Something of a lull followed, but Dortmund exploded into life again in the second half.

Reus doubled the lead in sumptuous fashion with 60 minutes played, receiving Hakimi's cut back after he had robbed Miiko Albornoz and the Germany star produced a delicate first-time chip with the outside of his foot to beat the stranded Michael Esser.

Gotze then got in on the act, tucking home from a tight angle after a solo run and pass from Jadon Sancho, before Guerreiro netted in similar fashion 23 minutes from time following Reus' pass.

Hadzic deflected a shot in as Hannover pulled one back in fortuitous fashion towards the end, but it had no impact on the result, with Witsel finding the net from the edge of the box in stoppage time to put more pressure on defending champions Bayern Munich ahead of their clash with Stuttgart on Sunday.

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