Ihlas Bebou assisted the first and scored the second as Hannover earned their first win over Lower-Saxony rivals Wolfsburg in eight games.
Hannover 2-1 Wolfsburg
Goals: 1-0 Maina (31’), 2-0 Bebou (pen, 31’), 2-1 Weghorst (pen, 81’)
With both sides desperate for three points for different reasons, it was clear from the off that both would be competing hard in this game. Wolfsburg made the first blow, or so they thought. Yunus Malli’s goal was correctly overturned after a check with VAR due to Yannick Gerhardt’s handball in the build-up. It was the wake-up call Hannover needed, and the home side soon took the lead. Ihlas Bebou’s cross superbly volleyed home by Linton Maina, with the 19-year-old’s first Bundesliga goal. The home side stayed ahead despite half chances for the Wolves before the break.
Wolfsburg then began the second half as they’d finished the first. Four big chances came in the space of five minutes, as Maximilian Arnold, Jerome Roussillon and Josip Brekalo all had chances saved by Michael Esser in the Hannover goal. Esser – who had been restored to the goalkeeping spot ahead of Philipp Tschauner – proved the catalyst for Hannover, with his saves inspiring his side to push on for a second goal against the run of play. William brought down Marvin Bakalorz in the box and Bebou stepped up to double the home side’s lead. But the game was far from over as Wolfsburg finally got what their play deserved. Yannick Gerhardt brought down by Miiko Albonorz and Wout Weghorst converted from the spot to make the final 10 minutes nail-biting. However, Hannover held on to win for the first time in eight matches against their Lower-Saxony rivals.
- Wood made his 61st Bundesliga appearance.Bebou is now Hannover's top scorer this season after hitting his third against Wolfsburg.After Wood, Hannover have three other players on two goals this season: Niklas Füllkrug, Florent Muslija and Hendrik Weydandt.Weydandt, who scored against Schalke on Matchday 10, was playing for 1. FC Germania Egestorf/Langreder in the fourth division last season.Brooks has one goal and one assist in 990 minutes of Bundesliga action this season. The American has been booked three times.Weghorst is Wolfsburg's top scorer this season, with five goals overall - four of which have come in his last six appearances.
Hannover: Esser – Korb, Elez, Anton (c), Ostrzolek - Walace, Maina, Bakalorz – Sarenren Bazee (Albornoz 69’), Wood (Haraguchi 87’), Bebou
Unused subs: Tschauner, Fossum, Weydant, Wimmer, Muslija
Absentees: Felipe (muscular), Hübers, Prib (both knee)
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter
Wolfsburg: Casteels (c) – William, Brooks, Tisserand, Roussillon – Arnold, Rexhbecaj (Yeboah 46’), Gerhardt – Malli - Weghorst, Ginczek (Brekalo 46’)
Unused subs: Pervan, Verhaegh, Steffen, Uduokhai, Knoche
Absentees: Azzaoui (knee), Camacho (ankle), Guilavogui (knee), Klaus (ankle)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
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