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First-half flurry sets up 4-0 win

What a great game! Hannover 96 recorded their second home victory of the season, despatching of promoted side FC Ingolstadt with a 4-0 thumping. First-half goals from Marcelo, Leon Andreasen and Kenan Karaman were followed by a late strike from Uffe Bech, sending cheers of joy across the HDI Arena.

Leon returns
Hannover manager Michael Frontzeck made one changed compared to the team that started in the unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Gladbach, with Leon Andreasen returning from injury to replace Ceyhun Gülselam. Ingolstadt made three changes after their 3-1 victory over Darmstadt, with Bauer, Leckie and Pekhart replacing Suttner, Bregerie and Hinterseer.

Marcelo puts Hannover on the road to victory with his early header.

Three goals in the opening 24minutes
The Reds finally managed to score an early goal at home, which immediately set the tone of the match. The first attack led to the opener, with Albornoz's corner kick finding Marcelo's head after five minutes. The hosts took confidence from the early lead and doubled their advantage just seven minutes later when Karaman found himself in space on the wing to deliver a perfect cross to Leon Andreasen, who also beat FCI keeper Özcan with a header. Frontzeck's men continued to dictate the play as they contained any kind of attacking threat the visitors displayed. Hannover bagged their third from a counterattack, which essentially sealed the win after less than 25 minutes had been played. The very active Bech assisted Karaman as he scored from range with a precise strike. The three goal advantage allowed Hannover to take their foot off the gas a bit and focus on their defensive shape, as Ingolstadt was unable to produce any clear chances in the first half.

The Reds were finally able to celebrate a resounding victory again.

Bech scores maiden goal
Ingolstadt manager Ralph Hasenhüttl introduced two new players at the start of the second half in Hinterseer and da Costa, as Bauer and Pekhart did not re-emerge from the changing room. However, Ingolstadt remained rather harmless as Hannover appeared to apply more pressure and look for a fourth goal. Sobiech, Karaman and substitute Benschop all came close to adding their name to the scoresheet but instead it was Uffe Bech to round off the scoring with his first goal for the Reds in the 85th minute.

Marcelo's early goal paved the way
The 4-0 win against Ingolstadt was not only Hannover's second home-win of the season, but also means that they were able to distance themselves from the danger zone. The Reds followed up their good showing in Gladbach and rewarded themselves with three points. Marcelo's early goal paved the way to success, as Frontzeck's men went on to fully control the game and use their chances effectively.

MATCH FACTS:

Hannover 96: Zieler - Sorg, Marcelo, Schulz, Albornoz - Schmiedebach, Sané (87’ Felipe) - Bech, Andreasen (71’ Gülselam), Karaman - Sobiech (82’ Benschop)

FC Ingolstadt 04: Özcan - Levels, Matip, Hübner, Bauer (46’ da Costa) - Groß, Roger, Morales - Hartmann, Pekhart (46’ Hinterseer), Leckie (77’ Cohen)

Goals: 1-0 Marcelo (5’), Andreasen (11’), 3-0 Karaman (24’), 4-0 Bech (85’)

Yellow cards: Andreasen, Schulz, Gülselam / Levels, Matip, da Costa 

Referee: Tobias Stieler (Hamburg)

Attendance: 35,000

Photos: deisterpics