Hanover - Hannover 96 and VfL Wolfsburg kicked off the season in explosive style, as two goals and two red cards kept fans at the HDI-Arena on the edge of their seats throughout. The first goal of the day came in the 17th minute courtesy of Hannover’s Danish central midfielder, Leon Andreasen, who collected Mame Biram Diouf's through ball to strike a low shot through Wolfsburg keeper Diego Benaglio’s legs.

Wolfsburg’s misery was further compounded just past the half-hour mark when 19-year-old midfielder Maximilian Arnold became the youngest player to be sent off in the Bundesliga since April 2007.

Wolfsburg implosion

The Wolves’ strong start to the second half, spearheaded by Ivica Olic, was cut short by Timm Klose's expulsion, with the centre back receiving his marching orders after picking up a second bookable offence. Wolfsburg's summer recruit had never been sent off in 45 previous Bundesliga appearances, but fell foul of the red card on his debut under Dieter Hecking.

The sending off effectively ended the game as a contest, and after Hannover spurned a handful of good chances through Andrease and Diouf, it was left to Szabolcs Huszti to seal the 2-0 victory in the 84th minute with a cool left-footed finish.

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