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Hannover 96 remained without a win in the fourth second division game in a row: Coach Stefan Leitl’s team couldn’t get past a 1-1 (0-0) draw at home against 1. FC Kaiserslautern on Saturday evening.

by Florian Neuhauss

The Lower Saxony team had imagined it so beautifully: In memory of the German championship 70 years ago, the Hanoverians wore a special dark green jersey. Ironically, 96 won the German championship in 1954 with a win against the then highly favored FCK around Fritz Walter.

But the reality has been sad for years – second league instead of great success is the order of the day. This year, however, the “Reds” are closer to returning to the Bundesliga than they have been for a long time. In the tight promotion race, the draw against Lautern is a setback. Hannover remains fifth behind HSV, and Hamburg can still improve with a win against Wehen Wiesbaden.

“It’s a fair draw. I don’t think any team deserved three points today. Compliments to the boys, they came back from a deficit, the home game series holds. But if you want to attack the top group, then of course they are two points too few,” said Leitl in the NDR interview.

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96 initially has problems with Lautern

At the start of the game, the Hanoverians were under a lot of pressure in front of 42,500 spectators. The self-confidence of coach Friedhelm Funkel’s “Red Devils” was clearly noticeable after the two victories in Rostock and against Osnabrück. However, the 96 defense around Marcel Halstenberg did not allow more than a few standard situations. Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler only had to intervene when Ragnar Ache finished (5th).

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On the other hand, the “Reds” – in the unfamiliar green – had a difficult time offensively. It took until the 23rd minute for Nicolo Tresoldi’s first shot, which clearly missed the goal. Twelve minutes later, the talented striker had the home fans cheering – but only briefly: the supposed 1-0 didn’t count because of an offside position.

Voglsammer responds to Redondo’s 1-0

As lame as the first half was, the restart made it even more entertaining. Andreas Voglsammer (47′) and Phil Neumann, who failed to put the ball on the empty goal (49′), headed over. Hannover was on the trigger – and suddenly found themselves 0-1 behind. Tobias Raschl and Kenny Prince Redondo took advantage of a mistake in the 96 defense – Redondo stayed cool in front of Zieler and put the guests in the lead (53rd).

However, the home team did not let themselves be disturbed. And Julian Krahl, who had already looked bad when Neumann had a chance, also helped a lot with the equalizer. The keeper sailed under a cross from Sebatian Ernst and Voglsammer was there at the far post – 1-1 (68′). And coach Leitl subsequently sent a clear signal: after Louis Schaub and Havard Nielsen, he brought in another offensive man, Cedric Teuchert. It was supposed to be the first win in a month.

Only, even though four 96 strikers were on the field in the final minutes, no further goals were scored. That almost happened for Lautern too: Zieler directed a Raschl shot onto the crossbar (90.+3). In direct response, both Nielsen and Tresoldi missed a Teuchert cross. And so it remained a well-deserved draw.

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Hannover 96





Hannover 96:
Zieler – Dehm, Neumann, Arrey-Mbi, Halstenberg – F. Kunze (61. Schaub) – Leopold, Oudenne (61. Nielsen) – S. Ernst (84. Teuchert) – Voglsammer, Tresoldi

Krahl – Zimmer, J. Elvedi, Tomiak, Puchacz – Raschl, Kaloc – Hanslik (90.+5 Aremu), Niehues, Redondo (77. Opoku) – Ache (62. Stojilkovic)


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