Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hannover 96 come back to defeat Karlsruher SC

Hannover 96 made a push for the top half of the Bundesliga table with a stunning come from behind 3-2 victory over Karlsruher SC. With the victory Dieter Hecking's side is comfortably in eleventh place in the table with two remaining weeks in the season.

Using the same starting eleven as last weeks Frankfurt encounter, relegation concerned KSC started fast and only eleven minutes in Georgian international Alexander Iashvili took advantage of a poor clearance before sending the ball past Robert Enke to take the 1-0 lead from fourteen metres. KSC doubled the lead two minutes past the hour when Joshua Kennedy linked the ball to Christian Eichner before his cross went to Lars Stindl, who sent the ball in from just inside the area via a notable deflection off Christian Schulz. Herr Hecking immediately gave Patrick Hermann his Bundesliga debut, coming in for for Jan Schlaudraff. In a surprising conclusion to the half, Sergio Pinto brought the match to within low with a low probability chance from twenty-two metres that somehow got back KSC 'keeper Markus Miller. For a club fighting to avoid relegation such an error could prove to be highly costly and only three minutes later Pinto sent Jacek Krzynówek free with a well-weighted through ball, albeit in a debatable offside position, resulting in the Polish veteran rounding the 'keeper to the left and pulling the ball back from the byline with a perfect volley to Mikael Forssell who finished with ease roughly a metre from the line. After Robert Enke held KSC at bay, Hanno Balitsch cleverly played the ball upfield via Pinto and Bruggink's collaboration before sending in. Five minutes later in a highly controversial decision KSC had a goal pulled back and Joshua Kennedy was adjudged to jostling Robert Enke. Following that threat the Hannover was able to kill off the balance of the match for the important three points.