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Can’t help but smile December 16, 2009

Posted by Alex Tomchak Scott in German soccer, U.S. soccer.
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Hannover put on one of the performances of the season against Borussia Moenchengladbach this season. Not that they won. It was a 5-3 defeat for die Roten, but they were so on form that, in addition to scoring three of their own, they took the gentlemanly route and scored three for Gladbach as well. And what a hat-trick it was! Just look:

Before we state the obvious, it seems important to note the quality of Hannover’s own second and third. The former, Didier Ya Konan’s second, was a demonstration of superhuman dexterity and determination, in which, sandwiched between two Gladbach defenders, the forward dinks an aerial ball past both of them with his first touch before finishing. For the third, Christian Schultz uses a thudding slide tackle to aim a precise finish past the Gladbach keeper.

The best of the game, though, was definitely the wide-angle, sidefoot volley Hannover’s Constant Djakpa placed precisely past Hannover’s Florian Fromowitz. Off his weaker foot. First-time. A forward would be proud of that one, but you have to wonder what Djakpa was actually trying to do.

Djakpa was devastated and had to be peeled off the floor by teammated, a sharp contrast to the reaction of Karim Haggui, who clearly can’t restrain his grin at the own-goal he scored to put the points out of die Roten’s reach.

Provincialist last paragraph: Both of the goals Gladbach’s men actually scored themselves came off of North Americans: Canadian Rob Friend’s header for the second and US international Michael Bradley’s rip for the second.

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