Hannover 96 made light work of FC Ingolstadt on Matchday 14, beating the promoted side 4-0 at the HDI-Arena.
Having lost their previous two matches, the Reds were keen to get back to winning ways, bossing both pace and rhythm from the off, continuously pressing forward. The Lower Saxony capital club saw their dominance pay dividends early on, Marcelo powering in Miko Albornoz’s cross to break Ingolstadt’s resistance. Leon Andreasen doubled the hosts’ advantage only 11 minutes in, nodding home Kenan Karaman’s pinpoint assist, before the latter made it three from long range to help his side to a comfortable half-time lead.
With the game all but settled, Ingolstadt were given more space, resulting in a couple of half-chances for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s charges. Mathew Leckie issued a first warning on the Hannover goal around the hour-mark, the Australia international seeing his effort well saved by Ron-Robert Zieler, before Alfredo Morales shot wide moments later. The visitors were unable to seriously threaten Hannover, though, who sealed victory five minutes from time, Uffe Bech coolly slotting in the hosts’ fourth.
Man of the match
Having been at the heart of most Hannover's promising action, scoring one and earning his first assist in the Bundesliga, Stuttgart-born Kenan Karaman offered the most impressive display so far since breaking into the 96ers' starting XI at the start of the current campaign.
- It was the first time since 2003 that Hannover led a side 3-0 24 minutes into a game
- Karaman struck his second goal in his 26th top-flight appearance
Hannover: Zieler – Sorg, Marcelo, Schulz (c), Albornoz – Sane, Schmiedebach - Karaman, Andreasen (Gülselam 71'), Bech - Sobiech
Ingolstadt: Özcan – Levels, Matip (c), Hübner, Bauer (da Costa 46') – Groß, Roger, Morales – Hartmann, Leckie (Cohen 77'), Pekhart (Hinterseer 46')