First Team

Good first 40 minutes leads to 9-4 win against Heessel

Our Reds were able to record a 9-4 friendly win over seventh-tier side Heesseler SV. Hat tricks from Hugo Almeida and Felix Klaus, along with a brace from Niklas Feierabend and a goal from Artur Sobiech were enough for the 96ers. Jonas Künne, Alexander Gellert and Henrik Franke scored for the home side, along with an own goal from Salif Sané.

Hosts start well but 96ers turn the screw
The lower-division home side began without fear of their Bundesliga opponents. They had the first chance of the game after five minutes, whilst Niklas Feierabend went close for the Reds just three minutes later. Hugo Almeida then broke the deadlock, chipping the goalkeeper when through on goal. Strike partner Artur Sobiech got his own name on the scoresheet when he beat the goalkeeper after receiving a pass from Andre Hoffmann. Hannover only needed three more minutes to extend their lead further, this time with Felix Klaus finishing off a counter attack. Niklas Feierabend made it four in the 26th minute when he showed his immense quality to score from a tight angle. Almeida then got his second goal of the day from the penalty spot for a 5-0 lead, but Heesseleer SV pulled two goals back shortly before the break thanks to a Sané own goal and a strike from Jonas Künne.

Almeida and Klaus complete hat tricks 
Almeida completed his hat trick just after the restart to make the score 6-2 and Felix Klaus converted a 57th-minute free kick for his second goal of the game. Just four minutes afterwards, he wrapped up a hat trick of his own when he scored with a volley. However, the hosts offered their own threat up front in spite of the deficit and scored twice in quick succession again, this time though Alexander Gellert and Henrik Franke. Feierabend got his second of the game shortly before full time with another effort from long range. After the game, manager Thomas Schaaf said: "We were very attacking today and Heessel gave a lot. It was an exciting game for the spectators but conceding four goals is too much." He wants to use both friendly matches this week "to keep our rhythm through the international break rather than just training."

Hannover 96: Tschauner - Sané, Hoffmann, Gülselam, Schmiedebach, Klaus, Saint-Maximin, Wolf, Feierabend - Almeida, Sobiech

Heesseler SV (first half): Dubberke - Kriesten, Großöhmichen, Gellert, Wielitzka - Rohden, Künne, Maczuga, Bahls - Franke, Schuder