Thorgan Hazard scored a dramatic injury-time penalty for Borussia Mönchengladbach to condemn Hannover to their first defeat of the season.

Gladbach 2-1 Hannover

Goals: 1-0 Ginter (67’), 1-1 Harnik (71’), 2-1 Hazard (pen. 94')

Raffael forced visiting keeper Philipp Tschauner into action on eight minutes but Hannover also demonstrated why they had conceded only two goals before this game. The longer the first half wore on, however, the more chinks appeared in their armour. Matthias Ginter headed over and US international Fabian Johnson also went close before Gladbach captain Lars Stindl fizzed a volley inches wide on 38 minutes.  

Matthias Ginter scrambled home his first goal for Gladbach to set the stage for a frenetic end to the game.
Matthias Ginter scrambled home his first goal for Gladbach to set the stage for a frenetic end to the game. © imago / Team2

After the interval, Hazard cut in from the right and drew an awkward-looking save from Tschauner and just past the hour mark, Stindl struck a weak shot on goal when played through by Mickael Cuisance. Jannik Vestergaard then failed to get enough purchase on a header but Hannover failed to heed the warning and Ginter sliced home after getting free from an inviting Cuisance free-kick. Harnik rose high to meet Pirmin Schwegler’s corner just four minutes later to level but the Austrian then struck the bar with the goal gaping with four minutes left. Hannover were punished deep in injury-time when Vincenzo Grifo was taken down in the area and Hazard sent Tschauner the wrong way from the spot.

Man of the Match

French teenager Mickael Cuisance impressed on his first start in the Bundesliga but Hazard always looked threatening and kept his cool at the death to hand Gladbach their third win in seven.  

Match stats

  • Gladbach have won their last six home league games against Hannover.
  • Andre Breitenreiter lost his first game as manager of Hannover since taking over in March.
  • This fixture has not ended in a draw in 19 matches.
  • Hannover’s record unbeaten start to a Bundesliga season has come to an end after seven games.
  • Gladbach boss Dieter Hecking played for Hannover between 1996 and 1999 and coached them from 2006 to 2009, taking charge of 101 Bundesliga games.
  • Stindl spent five seasons at Hannover between 2010 and 2015. In his final season with the club, he became captain, scored ten goals and played a major role in saving them from relegation.

Line-ups

Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Vestergaard, Ginter, Wendt - Cuisance (Zakaria 79'), Kramer - Johnson (Grifo 78'), Hazard - Raffael (Bobadilla 64'), Stindl (c)
Coach: Dieter Hecking

Hannover: Tschauner (c) - Korb, Sane, Bakalorz (Füllkrug 71'), Ostrzolek - Schwegler, Anton - Karaman, Bebou (Hübner 90'), Klaus (Maier 60')- Harnik
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter

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