96 win northern derby
A second-half turnaround saw Hannover 96 come away with a 2-1 win from Hamburger SV. After going behind to an early Gregoritsch goal, Hiroshi Kiyotake equalised from the spot before assisting Salif Sané for the winner.
Three changes on either side
Both sides made three changes to their previous starting XI: While the home side’s boss Bruno Labbadia replaced Cleber, Ekdal and Ilicevic with Spahic, Diaz and Schipplock, Hannover manager Michael Frontzeck started Marcelo, Kiyotake and Sobiech ahead of Felipe, Saint-Maximin and Erdinc.
Zieler keeps 96 in the game after strong start from HSV
HSV were on fire in the opening stages of the game and took the lead after only five minutes. Müller got the better of Marcelo on the wing and left him for dead. Michael Gregoritsch - waiting unmarked in the middle - was left with the simple task of directing Müller’s cross over the line. The Reds just couldn’t get a foothold in the game. Their play was riddled with inaccurate passing and they allowed Hamburg far too much space to move the ball around: The home side were deservedly in front. With the team in disarray, it was down to Robert Zieler between the sticks to show his worth. In the 18th minute, the 96ers’ number one prevented his team from going 2-0 down as he tipped Diekmeier’s long-range effort over the bar. It took Hannover until the 22nd minute to finally enter the HSV penalty area, where Sobiech came close to an equaliser on the end of an Albornoz cross. Hamburg continued to dominate and create the better chances: Following an Andreasen foul on Gregoritsch, Diaz beat Zieler with his free kick from 18 yards but Hannover were saved by the outside of the left post. Six minutes later, Zieler once again came to the rescue as he denied Müller with an outstretched leg in a one on one. The closest the visitors came to an equaliser was from a set piece in the 33rd minute as Kiyotake’s corner took a few deflections and landed in the hands of Adler. Hannover therefore went into the break after a poor first-half performance pleased to only be trailing by one goal.
Kiyotake equalises from the spot
Michael Frontzeck took action at half time to try and spark some creativity into his side by bringing on Saint-Maximin and Bech to replace Schmiedebach and Klaus. The substitution took immediate effect as the Reds suddenly looked a lot stronger going forward and started to create chances. The first big chance of the second half did however fall to the home side in the 58th minute, but Schipplock’s strike from 16 yards sailed just over the right-hand side of the goal. A let off for the Reds, who actually found their equaliser just a minute later having worked the ball right back to the other end where Bech was brought down in the box by Spahic leaving referee Sascha Stegemann with no option but to point to the spot. Kiyotake kept his cool and stroked the ball confidently past Adler to make it 1-1! The 96ers were back in the game and even went on to take the lead in the 67th minute after Kiyotake turned creator and picked out Salif Sané waiting on the six-yard box who jumped higher than everyone to head the ball into the back of the net via the inside of the post. Naturally, the home side began to up the tempo and the 96ers waited for opportunities to instigate counterattacks. With their backs to the wall, Frontzeck’s men gave absolutely everything to keep HSV at bay. The hosts failed to find any more gaps in the compact Hannover defence until stoppage time, when Spahic was first to a corner, only to see his shot fly just wide of the post. And with that, it was job done for the Reds!
From the bottom to the top
It was a much-improved second-half performance from Hannover that saw them pick up three important away points in the derby and climb to 14th in the table. After a poor first 45 minutes that saw them lucky to go into the interval just 1-0 down, Michael Frontzeck’s team made amends in the second period and were rewarded for their display thanks to some clinical finishing.
Hamburger SV: Adler - Diekmeier, Djourou, Spahic, Ostrzolek - Diaz, Holtby (88’ Cleber) - Gregoritsch (73’ Ilicevic), Müller - Lasogga, Schipplock (81’ Olic)
Hannover 96: Zieler - Sakai, Marcelo, Schulz, Albornoz - Schmiedebach (46’ Saint-Maximin), Sané - Andreasen, Kiyotake (83’ Felipe), Klaus (46’ Bech) - Sobiech
Goals: 1-0 Gregoritsch (6’), 1-1 Kiyotake (59’ pen), 1-2 Sané (67’)
Yellow cards: - / -
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Niederkassel)