Joselu celebrated becoming the first player this season to beat Timo Horn in the Köln goal as Hannover returned to winning ways
Joselu celebrated becoming the first player this season to beat Timo Horn in the Köln goal as Hannover returned to winning ways

Hannover up to third as Hertha get off the mark

Cologne - Hannover 96 broke into the top three with a 1-0 win over 1. FC Köln, while Hertha Berlin picked up their maiden victory of the season against VfL Wolfsburg.

Hannover 96 1-0 1. FC Köln rounds up Wednesday's Matchday 5 action...

Hannover 96 moved up to third in the Bundesliga thanks to a 1-0 win over the hitherto unbeaten 1. FC Köln at the HDI-Arena.

Horn finally beaten

The Reds went in front after only five minutes play with Joselu beating Timo Horn on the turn after Jimmy Briand's effort was blocked. Not only was it the first time Horn had been beaten in the Bundesliga, but it was also the earliest goal Köln have conceded since Peter Stöger took charge. The goal gave Tayfun Korkut's men confidence and Marcelo perhaps should have doubled their lead with a volley which he sent over after good work from Leonardo Bittencourt and Leon Andreasen.

Köln responded in kind, pitching their tent in and around the Hannover box for much of the second half, but the hosts had drawn a line that they were not going to let the Billy Goats cross. Ron Robert Zieler was the furthest man behind that line and his authority ensured Hannover's defence was not going to be breached.

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Hertha Berlin 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Hertha Berlin picked up their first win of the season, beating VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 at the Olympiastadion.

Debut goal for Kalou

Having made two brief substitute appearances for the Old Lady, Salomon Kalou was finally given the nod by Jos Luhukay to start, leading the attack and looking like he had been part of the furniture for years already. It was only after a scare at the other end, with Thomas Kraft denying Vieirinha, that he got the chance to put the hosts in front, and he took it. Ricardo Rodriguez was robbed of possession by Marcel Ndjeng and his cross from the right was bread and butter for the former Chelsea FC player, who headed in from close range.

It was a different story in the second half with Wolfsburg surging forward in search of an equaliser. Hertha were happy just defending, and watching as Nicklas Bendtner sent an effort high into the Berlin night sky. That was about as close as the guests got, too, with Hertha defending with everything they had to claim three points for the first time this season.

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