Hannover made a winning return to the Bundesliga with Martin Harnik netting the only goal in their 1-0 win at Mainz.
Mainz 0-1 Hannover
Goals: 0-1 Harnik (73')
Stefan Bell headed an early chance wide for the hosts, who enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes without earning any reward for their efforts. Hannover raised their game in the second half, though, and it was Harnik who silenced the Opel-Arena with his first goal back in the top flight, after netting 17 in Bundesliga 2 last season, poking the ball in from close range for victory.
Mainz: Adler – Donati (Kodro 82'), Bell (c), Diallo, Brosinski - Frei, Latza - De Blasis, Maxim (Quaison 66'), Fischer (Öztunali 66') - Muto
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
Hannover: Tschauner (c) - Korb, Hübner, Felipe, Ostrzolek - Anton, Schwegler (Schmiedebach 90+3') - Klaus, Karaman – Füllkrug (Bakalorz 74'), Harnik (Benschop 86')
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter
Watch: Highlights of Hannover's win