Nuremberg up to ninth with Hannover win
Nuremberg pulled into the top half of the table with a 2-0 win over Hannover on Saturday, with a Törles Knöll adding to a Waldemar Anton own goal against Die Roten, who saw Miiko Albornoz sent off.
Nuremberg 2-0 Hannover
Goals: 1-0 Anton (o.g. 76), 2-0 Knöll (77’)
Red cards: Albornoz (29’)
Hannover started the brighter of the two sides with Niklas Füllkrug heading what would have been his second goal of the season narrowly over after getting on the end of Oliver Sorg’s cross. Nuremberg nonetheless had the net bulging at the other end soon after, but Mikael Ishak’s close-range effort was ruled out for offside. Der Club began to find their feet midway through the half and were only the width of the post away from taking the lead after Tim Leibold’s free-kick deflected off the wall.
Hannover continued to be on the front foot into the second half, and Füllkrug was unlucky not to break the deadlock when he found himself one-on-one with Fabian Bredlow, but the big Nuremberg shot-stopper stood firm. The man advantage began to tell in at the business end of the game, though, and after Anton had turned past his own goalkeeper, Michael Esser, Knöll put the game beyond doubt, tapping home after Ishak had selflessly squared to him.
- This was Bobby Wood’s first Bundesliga start for Hannover following his summer switch from Hamburg.There has now been at least a goal in each of the last 37 meetings between these teams.This was Nuremberg's first win in 11 top-flight matches, dating back to their most recent season of Bundesliga football in 2013/14.Andre Breitenreiter’s side have not won away in the Bundesliga since beating Augsburg 2-1 on 21 October 2017 (15 matches).
Nuremberg: Bredlow – Valentini, Mühl, Margreitter, Leibold – Behrens (c), Petrak, Fuchs (Löwen 64’) – Misidjan (Knöll 73’), Ishak (Erras 86’), Kubo
Unused subs: Mathenia, Bauer, Palacios, Pereira
Absentees: Ewerton (ankle), Lippert (cruciate ligament), Zrelak (ill)
Coach: Michael Köllner
Hannover: Esser – Sorg, Anton (c), Wimmer, Albornoz – Bebou, Schwegler (Elez 83’), Walace, Haraguchi (Bakalorz 46’) – Wood (Korb 31’), Füllkrug
Unused subs: Tschauner, Asano, Muslija, Maina
Absentees: Hübers, Prib (both knee)
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter