Late joy for rising Hannover

Hanover - A late own-goal from Alexander Madlung earned Hannover 96 their second 1-0 win in a row to lift them into the top six.

Pressure rewarded at the death

After dominating possession for most of the 90 minutes, it seemed like Hannover were not going to get what they deserved until Eintracht defender Madlung obliged late on.

Hannover started as if they had a point to prove, not allowing Frankfurt even a sniff of the ball. They thought their efforts had been rewarded too when Jimmy Briand headed a deep cross into the top right-hand corner, but his challenge on David Kinsombi was adjudged to have been a foul by the referee and the goal did not stand. The Reds did not let their disappointment show, however, and continued to play the ball around with a confidence garnered from their 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund last weekend.

The game was starting to take on a similar shape to that one, albeit in reverse for Hannover. While Dortmund dominated possession a week ago, it was a Hiroshi Kiyotake free-kick which won it for Tayfun Korkut's men, and Sonny Kittel very nearly stunned the HDI-Arena with a shot out of the blue which Ron-Robert Zieler turned behind. It seemed like Hannover were not going to get their reward until Madlung lent them a hand, turning Marcelo's header into his own goal with his thigh to gift them victory.

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