Another week to wait
It's all over and Darmstadt's wait for promotion back to the Bundesliga will go on for at least another week, with Hamburg's win in Regensburg meaning they still have to sweat it out.
More damage for Darmstadt
Not only are Darmstadt going to have to wait longer to seal promotion, that is going to be even more of a challenge for them as they will also be without Manu on Matchday 33.
A second yellow card of the game for Bader, so Darmstadt - now down to 10 men - may look just to come away without suffering any further damage.
Time running out
It looks like the race for promotion is going to move on to the penultimate weekend of the season, with Darmstadt staring a second straight defeat in the face. Hamburg are on course to narrow the gap to four points as they lead 5-1 in Regensburg.
With the introduction of Bennetts, Darmstadt are now taking a few risks and this is leaving gaps for Hannover to capitalise. There could be another goal in this game, but it would be hard to predict at which end.
10 times under pressure
One last push
Lieberknecht makes two more changes in a bid to get those two goals which would be worth a place in the Bundesliga next season.
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Onto the roof of the net
Zimmermann rises the highest, but only heads onto the roof of the net.
At least some good news for Darmstadt comes from Paderborn, who have come from 2-1 down to lead Heidenheim 3-2. That means the Lilies are back on top of the table, as things stand.
Hannover coach Leitl and one of his assistants get yellow cards as tempers begin to flare, on and off the field.
Flag to the rescue
Teuchert chips the ball into the back of the net for what appeared to be a third for Hannover, but the offside flag goes up, and it is the correct decision - a let-off for Darmstadt.
Another throw of the dice
Gjasula comes on at the start of the second half, with Darmstadt keen to wrap up promotion today rather than having to wait ANOTHER week.
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Hope for Darmstadt
That 11th goal of the season for Tietz - his third in his past four games - has given the Lilies some hope going into the second half. Promotion could still be sealed today, but they need two more goals for that, assuming they do not concede more.
Things can change in an instant, though, and Tietz has brought Darmstadt back into the game. It's the first shot on target from a Darmstadt player today, and it's a fine finish into the bottom corner on the turn. Game on!
Heidenheim heading top
Not only are Darmstadt looking unlikely to celebrate promotion today, they are also set to relinquish top spot, with Heidenheim leading in Paderborn and on course to go top of Bundesliga 2 on goal difference.
There did not appear to be an injury to Müller, with Lieberknecht reacting early to try to turn things around here with a tactical change.
Hamburg doing their bit
Hamburg are three goals up against Regensburg, so Darmstadt almost certainly now need to score three of their own to be able to celebrate promotion this afternoon.
Teuchert doubles the advantage!
The angle looked impossible, but not for Cedric Teuchert! He drills the ball unstoppably into the roof of the net, and Hannover are now two to the good!
Another Nielsen header goes close
Nielsen's finding plenty of pockets to attack and his next header goes just inches wide.
Havard about that?
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Hannover justifiably in front, but Darmstadt do appear to have woken up now, with Manu sending their second shot of the game over the crossbar.
Nielsen ends drought
The news arrives that Hamburg have gone ahead in Regensburg. That means Darmstadt would not be promoted today, if the two results remain the way they are.
Tale of the tape
Köhn he? No he can't!
Another good chance for Hannover, this time it falls to the feet of Köhn, but he swings at the ball and sends it high and wide.
Hannover on top
Another shot comes in, this time from Kunze. It lacks precision to trouble Schuhen, but he is by far the busier of the goalkeepers at the moment.
Second time of asking!
No mistake this time from Nielsen, who marks his return to the starting XI with a goal - a typical close-range header from the Norwegian!
There is the first shot of the game and it comes from Nielsen, whose angled drive is saved by Schuhen.
Still no shots
Hannover have had more of the ball, but it has largely been condensed to the middle third of the field. No danger of a goal coming from there, and no shots at either end yet.
Nothing to play for?
Out come the teams in glorious sunshine and a temperature of 21 celsius/69 fahrenheit. And it's pretty warm off the field too, with the guest fans showing their colours, and hoping to have something to celebrate later.
Torsten Lieberknecht makes three changes to his side compared to last weekend's 3-0 defeat to St. Pauli: Holland, Honsak and Stojilkovic come in for Kempe, Schnellhardt (both on the bench) und Mehlem (suspended).
Havard Nielsen was only a substitute for Hannover's past two fixtures, having last been on the bench on Matchday 1. Today, the 29-year-old's back in the starting XI.
Hannover starting XI
Zieler (c) - Neumann, Börner, Arrey-Mbi – Dehm, Besuchkow, Kunze, Köhn - Schaub – Teuchert, Nielsen
Weinkauf, Muroya, Celebi, Lührs, Ernst, Foti, Leopold, Beier, Weydandt
Darmstadt starting XI
Schuhen (c) - Bader, Pfeiffer, Zimmerman, Müller, Karic – Manu, Holland, Honsak - Tietz, Stojilkovic
Brunst, Isherwood, Riedel, Kempe, Gjasula, Schnellhardt, Bennetts, Seydel, Torsiello
Hannover team news
There is a near full squad to choose from as Stefan Leitl plots a way to become Darmstadt's party pooper. Midfielder Sebastian Kerk is the only definite absentee with an ankle injury.
Darmstadt team news
The visitors are without suspended midfielder Marvin Mehlem, along with the injured pair of Frank Ronstadt and Oskar Vilhelmsson. Club top scorer Phillip Tietz will lead the line again hoping to get the job done in Hannover.
Pesky St Pauli delay Darmstadt dreams
It's been quite a season for Darmstadt
Hannover hunting an upset
Stefan Leitl, Hannover's coach, spoke ahead of the game of this being the biggest test of their season. You might think they have little to play for in a comfortable mid-table position (ninth), but Leitl promised to do everything to ensure Darmstadt get promoted at home next week.
Don't mention the P word
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Promotion party ahead?
Darmstadt are just one win away from earning promotion to the Bundesliga. In fact they just need to match Hamburg's result at Jahn Regensburg at the same time on Sunday, and they are GOING UP!
We'll keep you right up to date here with everything surrounding Hannover v Darmstadt in the big Matchday 32 Bundesliga 2 clash.