Munich - Hannover 96 became the seventh Bundesliga side to book their place in the group stages of a major European competition with a comfortable 5-1 win against ten-man Slask Wroclaw at the AWD-Arena, ensuring progression on the back of an 10-4 aggregate scoreline.

The Reds, who reached the quarter-final stage of the UEFA Europa League last season, had to come from behind after Przemyslaw Kazmierczak opened the scoring. However, a Mohammed Abdellaoue penalty and braces from Szabolcs Huszti and Artur Sobiech were enough for Hannover to put their name in the hat for Friday's draw.

Reds iron out early mistake


Hannover went for the jugular straight from kick-off and almost broke the deadlock within a minute of the first whistle when Abdellaoue headed wide following good work by Jan Schlaudraff and Huszti. The Reds had the bit between their teeth, but after Schlaudraff twice failed to convert, it was Slask who grabbed the opener as Kazmierczak rose highest to head home in similar fashion to his goal in the first leg.

The visitors grew in confidence, but after Tomasz Jodlowiec picked up a straight red card for an unceremonious tackle on Schlaudraff inside the box, Abdellaoue sent Marian Kelemen the wrong way to become the 13th different player to score for Hannover this season. The sending off handed 96 the initiative and Huszti only served to strengthen their position when he broke in behind before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Kelemen to put Hannover in front at the break.

Done and dusted


With the hosts in complete control of both the tie and possession, the pace of the game noticeably dropped after the restart. Hannover were having a lot joy in wide positions, while Wroclaw struggled to muster up any sort of threat in front of goal. Lars Stindl rustled the side netting with a rasping effort, but second-half substitute Sobiech made no mistake when he met Konstantin Rausch's delivery at the front post moments later.

Hiroki Sakai came off the bench to make his debut for Hannover, and after Sobiech bagged his brace having been unselfishly set-up by Abdellaoue, the Japanese right back found Huszti unmarked at the back post to clinch the win and a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages.


Line-ups:

Hannover 96: Zieler - Cherundolo (Sakai 70'), Haggui, Eggimann, Schulz (Rausch 39') - Stindl, Andreasen, Schmiedebach, Huszti - Schlaudraff (Sobiech 63'), Abdellaoue

Slask Wroclaw: Kelemen - Socha, Kowalczyk, Jodlowiec, Spahic - Elsner (Stevanovic 82'), Kazsmierczak, Sobota, Mila, Patejuk (Voskamp 65') - Diaz (Pawelec 46')

Goals: 0-1 Kazsmierczak (10'), 1-1 Abdellaoue (pen 22'), 2-1 Huszti (35'), 3-1 Sobiech (68'), 4-1 Sobiech, 5-1 Huszti (88')

Red cards: Jodlowiec (serious foul play 20')


James Thorogood