The clash at the Schwarzwald-Stadion Wednesday between SC Freiburg and Hannover 96 offered two teams in different situations. Freiburg had yet to register a win in the Bundesliga, currently lying in 16th. The home side have struggled with goals, only scoring one at this point in the season, the lowest in the Bundesliga. The situation of Hannover 96 is very different. The newly promoted side have hit the ground running in the Bundesliga, and with three wins and one draw, Hannover have surprised everyone.
Christian Streich’s men set out on the front foot immediately. Looking to get Freiburg’s 2nd goal of the season and take the immediate advantage, Marco Terrazzino’s opportunity went wide. Despite the opportunity on goal, Hannover appeared unfazed. The away side started to gain possession, working their way around the pitch. As the game pressed on the away side were struggling to get shots on goal and create any real opportunities that threatened the Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow. Freiburg were attacking out wide in the opening stages of the game, trying to work their way around the opposing defenders. Chances were falling to the home side, but the two shots they had in the opening ten minutes from Terrazzino and Janik Haberer were off target.
Christian Streich’s side were looking that final breakthrough. The opening 10 minutes foreshadowed a fairly even contest, with Freiburg looking better than they did against Leverkusen. As the game progressed, the breisgau-brazilians started to pressure Hannover more. Closing down spaces and limiting opportunities was the plan for Freiburg. It was working. The home side were the more attacking and threatening side, opportunities were coming, but it just wasn’t going in the back of the net. Hannover appeared to be somewhat comfortable withstanding the Freiburg attack, after all the away side have only conceded one goal so far in the Bundesliga. Both teams were struggling to gain the momentum. A flurry of attacks came from the home side, one shot was saved by the Hannover keeper, and the other only needed Florian Niederlechner’s head to connect with a cross. Freiburg were starting to get more into the game after their promising start. Looking the threatening side, Freiburg were close to getting the goal they wished for going in at half time.
The whistle blew for the second half and Hannover came out with a bright start. Going on the front foot, the away side started to look more confident on the ball. The 96ers had three shots on goal in the opening five minutes on the second half. from Marvin Bakalorz, Niclas Füllkrug and Salif Sané . Hannover were on the front foot.
Freiburg didn’t help themselves in some stages of the second half. An opportunity arose on the break but the home side were lining up centrally and lacked the width to make the most of what presented them. A huge chance came to Freiburg when they were awarded a penalty. Up stepped Niederlechner. Unfortunately for the home side he put it wide. This was a great chance that would come back to punish Streich’s side. Freiburg were being wasteful with their opportunities, either taking shots from distance or lacking the clinical strike needed to make shots on target. Hannover made the most of this when they played some simple build up play to put Martin Harnik through on goal. With the way the Austrian has been performing this season, it was to be expected that he would score. The former VfB man did just that, knocking in a right-footed shot provided by Füllkrug.
Hannover were looking confident, especially Harnik who was making his presence known during the second half. The home side continued to search for the goal they had been looking for. Hannover were looking the more threatening team in the second half but Freiburg weren’t giving up. Their efforts were finally rewarded when supersub Nils Petersen netted from close range following a header by Nicolas Höfler put Freiburg level at 1-1. A fully deserved goal for the home side who had been looking like a different team compared to their disappointing performance against Leverkusen. Freiburg certainly looked like they could win the game, they had plenty of opportunities to do so but were unable to be more clinical in front of goal. The home side will come away somewhat frustrated from their 1-1 draw against Hannover 96. For Andre Breitenretier’s underated 96ers, the inability of any Bundesliga club to get the better of them continues.
Second Half – The second half appeared to change the game for Hannover. The away side came out looking more confident, especially when going forward. For Freiburg they appeared to continue where they left off, looking threatening in places but lacking the clinical opportunity they had been searching for. Both teams were rewarded for their efforts. Harnik scoring for Hannover and Petersen scoring for Freiburg.
Man of the Match
- Freiburg – 50.5%
- Hannover – 49.5%
- Freiburg – 23 (5 On Target)
- Hannover – 14 (3 On Target)
- Freiburg – 12
- Hannover – 7
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Talking Points Freiburg
- Promising – After their disappointing performance against Leverkusen, Freiburg looked much better in their clash against Hannover. Freiburg will be hoping that this performance will result in get their first win of the season. Streich and his men have something to build on.
- Chances – Freiburg had a total of 23 shots, with only 5 being on target. The homes side could have come away as victors if they were more clinical in front of goal. There will be some frustration amongst the Freiburg players after this game. It looks like some shooting practice is in order.
- Super Sub – Petersen saves the day for Freiburg. The super sub was able to get his team the goal they had been searching for. If it wasn’t for that, Freiburg would have been coming away more frustrated than they already are. The 28 year-old German makes things better for Freiburg.
Talking Points Hannover
- Harnik – Martin Harnik keeps up his scoring tally for Hannover after he netted a goal against Freiburg in the second half, and with four goals, has scored 67% of Hannover’s season total. Hannover will be thankful for Harnik’s effort after a performance that could have been improved.
- Right – Hannover appear to be making the most of Harnik’s form, as the away side saw 41% of their attack against Freiburg coming down the right side. Ultimately this paid off for the away side.
- Chances – Hannover saw the majority of their shots (8) come in their revitalised performance in the second half. The away side had a total of 14 shots against Freiburg with 3 being on target. Added to that, Hannover saw 50% of their shots take place in the 18 yard box and 50% outside the box. Similar to Freiburg, Hannover will be looking to be more clinical going forward.
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