Hannover's incredible unbeaten run in this season's Bundesliga remains alive after a Martin Harnik goal a quarter-of-an-hour from time denied Wolfsburg maximum points at the Volkswagen Arena.
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