André Breitenreiter clenched his fists, cheering and hugging every Hanoverian he could grab. Since this week, the 96-coach had to be officially counted as the home win against local rivals Wolfsburg did him well. Although Hanover is still relegation-threatened as a sixth in the table, the somewhat flattering 2: 1 (1: 0) on Friday evening gives the team and especially width riders but the long-missing lift.
"We are all very relieved," said Hannover coach then, "because stones are falling from the heart, that's good." Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt saw the matter a little differently. He lamented "a very annoying defeat, we had plenty of opportunities to decide the game".
In fact, Wolfsburg had come much better into the game, the team of coach Bruno Labbadia stormed and combined; Hannover was just lucky that Yunus Malli met the alleged Wolfsburg leadership, but the video assistant stepped in and referee Marco Fritz the hit due to handball again denied (18).
Linton Maina hits very nicely with left
After that, the game took a rather unexpected turn when Linton Maina, probably the most talented player of the Hanoverians, from nothing by direct defeat with a nice left-footed hit the lead (31). Shortly thereafter, Marvin Bakalorz could have increased (33.), Ihlas Bebou even have to, but he failed free before the outgoing VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels (35). Yes, Hanover stormed, and all without Niclas Füllkrug, the best attacker, who must continue to be treated in Munich because of persistent knee pain; his return to the field is uncertain.
The VfL Wolfsburg, however, had to ask themselves, how this game could slip away. Labbadia brought in the second half the offensive Josip Brekalo and John Yeboah, the latter was promptly in the center, but missed in front of the Hannover goal but scarce (51). Wolfsburg was already slippery with the chances to score, first awarded Jérôme Roussillon, then twice Brekalo, all within minutes. "If we do not do that, the best chances are useless," argued Maximilian Arnold. Labbadia also complained that he could say nothing at all about this game: "We can not play any more chances."
And the events repeated themselves: Wolfsburg did not reward themselves, Hannover took advantage of this. Bakalorz was placed by Wolfsburg William in the penalty area, the agile Bebou turned very sure from the point to 2: 0. (62.).
The first Hanoverian victory after three defeats last time was again in danger. Referee Fritz showed a second time this evening to the point – Wout Weghorst brought Wolfsburg the connection (82). Including stoppage time had Hanover 13 minutes to survive, but then Breitenreiter could breathe easy after uncomfortable weeks.