Goals in either half from Waldemar Anton and Felix Klaus helped Hannover to a victory against a Freiburg side who suffered a rare loss, despite Manuel Gulde's late effort.
Hannover 2-1 Freiburg
Goals: 1-0 Anton (28'), 2-0 Klaus (54'), 2-1 Gulde (88')
Intent on reversing a run that had seem them win just two of their eleven previous Bundesliga games, Hannover began brightly with the menacing Niclas Füllkrug testing visiting goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow. For their part, Freiburg were seeking to achieve a club record ten games unbeaten and caused the hosts a major scare when Tim Kleindienst and then Lucas Höler drew a double save from Philipp Tschauner. Having failed to beat Hannover in four previous encounters, the task for Christian Streich's men in righting that unwanted stat was made all the more difficult when Waldemar Anton fired in his first goal of the season following some good work on the flank by Oliver Sorg.
Channelling their early-season form that saw them scale the lofty heights of fourth position in the standings, The Reds doubled their lead after the break with a move that began with the alert Salif Sane and ended with forward Ihlas Bebou feeding Klaus who made no mistake from close range. Freiburg rallied, and although the visitors reduced the arrears with Gulde's late goal, ultimately couldn't find a way to avoid a rare defeat, to the delight of the home fans.
- This match was Freiburg’s 600th in the Bundesliga.Waldemar Anton's first goal of the season came after his 14th shot of the campaign. Freiburg's nine-match unbeaten run came to an end here.The visitors have now failed to win any of their last five Bundesliga matches against Hannover.
Hannover: Tschauner (c) – Sorg, Sané, Elez – Korb, Anton, Fossum, Ostrzolek – Klaus, Füllkrug, Bebou
Subs: Esser, Albornoz, Hübner, Bakalorz, Maier, Karaman, Harnik
Absentees: Jonathas (thigh), Prib (cruciate ligament), Schwegler (back)
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter
Freiburg: Schwolow – Kempf, Gulde, Söyüncü – Kübler, Abrashi, Koch, Günter – Kleindienst, Petersen (c), Höler
Subs: Gikiewicz, Lienhart, Stenzel, Schuster, Stanko, Kath, Terrazzino
Absentees: Haberer, Höfler (both suspended), Frantz (knee ligaments), Lienhart (knee ligaments), Niederlechner (knee), Ravet (Achilles)
Coach: Christian Streich