Head coach Domenico Tedesco selected the same 11 players who started in last week’s win over RB Leipzig. There were no significant highlights in the early stages of today’s game in the HDI Arena, only towards the end of the first half did the game come to life, with tackles flying in and Hannover playing the better of the football.
Sane with the best chance of the half
Unsurprisingly, Hannover also had the best chance of the half. After a Pirmin Schwegler free-kick found Salif Sane in the penalty area, Ralf Fährmann was called upon to knock the header wide of the post. Aside from this, neither team had any good chances to analyse at half time.
Guido Burgstaller was introduced to the game at the start of the second half. The Austrian replaced Franco Di Santo, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. In the 50th minute, the ball truck Salif Sane’s hand in the Hannover penalty area. The referee communicated with his video assistant and the final decision was to award a corner.
Hannover's new boy scores the winner
After 67 minutes, Hannover took the lead. New signing Jonathas, who had only just been brought on shoved the ball past Fährmann after a pass from Marvin Bakalorz. The goal came as a result of a Schalke mistake in the build-up play. Not long after, Yevhen Konoplyanka had the chance to equalise after being played in by Oczipka, but his shot fizzed just wide of the post. Schalke continued to push for an equaliser, but the Reds stood strong and didn’t give the Royal Blues any space. All-in-all, Schalke were not forceful enough, so the hosts were able to see out their narrow victory and take the three points.
Next up: Stuttgart
Due to the first international break of the season, matchday three of the Bundesliga will not be played until the second weekend in September, when the Knappen face VfB Stuttgart at 18:00 (CEST) on Sunday, 10th September in the VELTINS-Arena.