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.
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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