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Volkswagen Arena (ATT 29,451) 2nd September 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Wolfsburg Wolfsburg vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Wolfsburg 0

R Knoche (S/O 65)


Hannover 4

K Haggui (10)
A Sobiech (26, 56)
L Andreasen (52)

Wolfsburg hit for four at home

Last Updated: 02/09/12 5:05pm

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Hannover celebrate Artur Sobiech's goal

Hannover celebrate Artur Sobiech's goal

Szabolcs Huszti inspired Hannover to a resounding 4-0 win over Wolfsburg in a Lower Saxony derby at the VW-Arena.

Karim Haggui put the Reds on their way to victory in the 10th minute with Artur Sobiech adding a second before the interval.

Leon Andreasen made it three in the 52nd minute before Sobiech added his second four minutes later with Huszti the creator of all four goals.

Robin Knoche was given his marching orders for the home team in the 65th minute, rounding off a day to forget at the Volkswagen Arena for Felix Magath's troops.

Wolfsburg's defence struggled early on as Hannover seemed intent on carrying on from where they left off on Thursday night with a 5-1 win over Slask Wroclaw.

Naldo made a hash of a low cross which Diego Benaglio managed to push away from Sobiech before Lars Stindl drilled the rebound wide.

The Wolves' defence was breached again moments later with Haggui heading Hannover in front from Huszti's cross.

Hannover carried forwards their momentum with Mario Eggiman only just failing to connect with Andreasen's header as the chance to make it two went begging.

Wolfsburg almost equalised a minute later when Diego sent Ivica Olic through, but the Croatian was too indecisive and, as the angle grew, he failed to find a way past Ron Robert Zieler.

Sobiech found enough of a gap between the legs of Benaglio to double Hannover's lead in the 26th minute, finishing off a quick counter-attack after receiving the ball from Huszti.

Wolfsburg hinted at a response in the second half, but they were soon left chasing an even greater deficit when Andreasen headed in a third for Hannover from yet another Huszti assist.

Things went bad to worse for Magath's Wolves when Sobiech heading in the fourth with, once again, the Hungarian playmaker Huszti responsible with his fourth assist of the afternoon.

Knoche's work was done after less than 20 minutes on the field as the half-time substitute picked up a second yellow card for a professional foul on Konstantin Rausch as many of those fans who had remained to see the end of the game headed for the exits.

A goal for Huszti after four assists would have been the cherry on top for Hannover, meanwhile, but the Hungarian missed his best chance in the 81st minute wide, blazing wide.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15