Saturday, May 23, 2009

96's season ends with draw

Hannover 96's season came to conclusion with a 2-2 draw against Bielefeld.

Fighting to avoid relegation the schwarz-weiß-blauen took the lead two minutes in as Oliver Kirch's off-course drive hit Mario Eggimann and into the net. Eight minutes prior the break Florian Fromlowitz was forced to enter the match for Robert Enke who ripped open a wound to his head from Eggimann's boot. Despite the loss of the captain, Jiří Štajner squared the match three minutes before the hour as he re-directed Vinícius' free-kick from the left to the bottom of the net. Forced to play for the win in an effort to avoid automatic relegation, Bielefeld was completely exposed at the back and allowed 96 free reign in the counter. Finally with six minutes left Jan Schlaudraff and Sergio Pinto played one-two with the latter sending the ball in from the edge of the area to make it 2-1. Polish international Artur Wichniarek drew one back for the home side as the match ended in a 2-2 draw.

With all things consider, Dieter Hecking should be satisfied with the forty-point tally. 96 were challenged throughout the year with troublesome injuries but were able to collect points were needed and never be truly threatened with relegation. Next year will be very different as 96 will climb to the top!