Wolfsburg 1-1 Hannover
Goals 1-0: Didavi (52), 1-1 Harnik (75')
Seeking what would have been a record-breaking third triumph at the start of a Bundesliga campaign, Die Roten – or the Reds – started strongly with Brazilian forward Jonathas just failing to convert a cross from Martin Harnik on the right flank. Harnik continued to cause problems to the Wolves’ back-line as the half progressed while things soon took a turn for the worst for the hosts, who lost prolific striker Mario Gomez to an ankle injury.
The Wolves defeated Eintracht Frankfurt thanks to a Daniel Didavi goal last time out and they were on course for a second successive success when the same player struck a free-kick opener not long after the restart. Undeterred, Hannover rallied and were finally rewarded when the impressive Harnik netted with a clever back-heel to send the visiting fans into raptures.
Man of the match
A thorn in the side of Wolfsburg during large parts of the opening half, Harnik came to Hannover's rescue with the equaliser his performance deserved.
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- For the first time in their history, Wolfsburg had three Belgians on the pitch at the same time, Casteels, Origi and Dimata appearing for the Wolves.
- Wolfsburg have gone almost six years without beating Hannover at home. Their last win came in November 2011, a 4-1 triumph when Felix Magath was in charge.
- Hannover are still unbeaten under Andre Breitenreiter, with nine wins and four draws in the 13 games since he took charge.
- The Reds conceded their first goal this season following two consecutive clean sheets at the start of the season.
- Gomez had previously scored ten goals in his ten Bundesliga games against Hannover.
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Knoche, Camacho, Uduokhai - William, Gerhardt - Guilavogui, Arnold - Didavi (Malli 81') - Origi, Gomez (c) (Dimata 41')
Coach: Andries Jonker
Hannover: Tschauner (c) - Korb, S. Sané, Felipe, Ostrzolek - Anton - Schmiedebach (Bebou 64'), Bakalorz - Harnik, Klaus (Karaman 64') - Jonathas (Füllkrug 77')
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter