BERLIN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) — Hannover returned to winning ways after beating Wolfsburg 2-1 in the opener of the 11th round in Bundesliga on Friday.
Wolfsburg suffered their second straight loss meanwhile Hannover secured their second win of the season in the Lower Saxony derby.
The “Wolves” thought they had broke the deadlock with 19 minutes but Yunus Malli’s opener was denied by the video assistant referee due to a foregone handball.
It was a wakening call for Hannover as they turned up to open the scoring in the 31st minute after Linto Maina hammered home a volley to mark his first ever Bundesliga goal.
Hannover should have doubled the lead before the break but Ihlas Bebou failed to overcome Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels following a one-on-one in the 35th minute.
However, Wolfsburg regrouped and came to two chances before the break as Maximilian Arnold’s shot on target was defused before Daniel Ginczek pulled wide from 17 meters.
After the restart, Wolfsburg continued to produce goal-scoring opportunities but neither Arnold nor Josip Brekalo were able to beat Hannover’s goalkeeper Michael Esser.
The hosts punished Wolfsburg’s wastefulness at the hour mark when Ihlas Bebou converted a foul play penalty to double the lead from the spot.
Nevertheless, Wolfsburg responded in the closing period as Miko Albornoz felled Yannick Gebhardt inside the box allowing Wout Weghorst to reduce the arrears from 11 meters.
The visitors pressed for the equalizer but Hannover were able to stand firm and to return to winning ways.
With the result, Hannover stay on the 16th place of the standings whereas Wolfsburg remain on the 11th position.
The following fixtures are scheduled for Saturday: Hoffenheim host Augsburg, Werder Bremen face runners-up Borussia Monchengladbach, Freiburg see Mainz, Fortuna Dusseldorf clash with Hertha Berlin, Nuremberg encounter struggling Stuttgart and front runners Borussia Dortmund take on third-placed Bayern Munich.