Cherundolo returns to Hannover matchday roster for rivalry draw

Hannover's leaping Mame Diouf and Eintracht Braunschweig's Ermin Bicakcic challenge for the ball in Friday's 0-0 Lower Saxony derby draw.
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BERLIN (AP) - Promoted Eintracht Braunschweig earned a 0-0 draw at bitter rival Hannover in the Bundesliga's first Lower Saxony derby for 37 years on Friday.

The home side created most of the chances but struggled to break down Braunschweig's resilient defense.

Jeers rang out from disappointed Hannover supporters at the full-time whistle as their side's winless run stretched to six games. U.S. defender and Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo made the matchday roster for the first time this season, but he did not play. The 34-year-old right back, a member of the last three U.S. World Cup teams, had left knee surgery in February and returned for five games in April and May. Cherundolo had another knee operation in August.

Braunschweig, which is back in the Bundesliga after 28 years, moved provisionally off the bottom ahead of the rest of the weekend's games.

There was some trouble involving fans before the game and a heavy police presence to prevent any more afterward. A flare also landed on the pitch during the game.

Hannover had asked for the game to be moved forward from Sunday, the fourth anniversary of Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke's suicide.

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