You can not imagine if it would have gone wrong on Friday night. Hannover 96 had six points after eleven matchdays with only one victory. In the previous year there were at this time already 18 meters at then booming re-climber. And the danger in this Niedersachsenderby VfL Wolfsburg was great, that it would be again as unsuccessfully ended as ten days before, when they lost in the DFB Cup against the same opponent in the same place with 0: 2. It was the 18th minute when Yunus Malli put the ball in the goal of 96. This time, however, the video referee from Cologne, about whom the Hanoverians had been so often upset, did something good for them. He had seen Yannick Gerhardt get the leather in the scene in front of it. The goal was canceled and 96-coach André Breitenreiter noted that the "game luck" had finally come back.
At the end there was a 2: 1, a "liberation victory", in which many "stones fell from the heart," as Breitenreiter put it. It was on the one hand the reward for the rest, with which the 96-leadership had responded to the predicament situation and the coach discussion no food. On the other hand, the coach had drawn many consequences in comparison to the cup game: he had left only four players in the starting eleven against the cup game. His eleven should stand low and then speed with the newly recovered wingers Linton Maina, 19, and Noah Sarenren Bazee, 22. That was also the case because in the 31st minute Ihlas Bebou played a perfect ball on Maina, who led him directly to the 1-0 goal.
From then on, 96 had a lot more confidence, which also showed in the 62nd minute. There was a penalty for the Hanoverian, because William picked up the Bobby Wood played Marvin Bakalorz shortly before the gate of the legs. "Equal to several players" had observed Breitenreiter, who would like to have the penalty kicked – something do not make professionals who are afraid of failure. Finally Bebou grabbed the ball and sank it in the left corner of the goal, while VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels flew in the other direction.
A questionable penalty for Wolfsburg
Nevertheless, the game had changed in favor of the Wolfsburg after the break. VfL coach Bruno Labbadia, who started with two inside strikers Daniel Ginczek and Wout Weghorst but without winger, coped with his colleague from the 46th minute, putting the runners Josip Brekalo and John Yeboah in the field instead of Ginczek and Elvis Rexhbecaj sent. Especially Brekalo caused great excitement around the 96-penalty area. According to statistics, the outside winger won an unbelievable 87 percent of his duels, but also forgave his five chances out of play, partly negligently. "More than after the break, we can not handle the game," said Labbadia.
But only a questionable penalty came out, the Weghorst in the 82nd minute to 2: 1 transformed. Allegedly, Miiko Albornoz Gerhardt has torn down. "He did not touch him," said Breitenreiter after studying the pictures. This time the Videomann did not intervene. The initial luck in the game finally was just enough. And so the coach at the end left hardly anyone out in his praises. He praised Maina and Sarenren Bazee for their "courage and their impudence", goalkeeper Michael Esser, who held great in some tough situations, as "absolute support". And Wood, the so often criticized striker, applauded for an "excellent game in which he proved that he is still a good player".
Now the pros get a few days off, before it gets well-fortified in two weeks to Borussia Mönchengladbach with the former 96-coach Dieter Hecking. It is hardly easier for the Wolfsburgers, who now look insignificantly better than a year ago (twelve instead of eleven points): they receive the top team of RB Leipzig.