Diego leads Wolfsburg over Leverkusen

November 11, 2012, 4:41 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BERLIN — Hannover hit back from 2-0 down with four goals in 16 minutes to win 4-2 at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday, and Borussia Moenchengladbach also came from behind to overcome Greuther Fuerth by the same score.

Christian Gentner’s 21st-minute strike and Vedad Ibisevic’s 37th-minute penalty seemed to put Stuttgart in control at the break.

But Artur Sobiech pulled one back in the 57th, Jan Schlaudraff equalized with an unstoppable penalty eight minutes later, and two goals from Mohammed Abdellaoue sealed an unlikely win for Hannover.

"It was an unbelievable game," Abdellaoue said. "We said during the break that we couldn’t carry on like we were. And it worked out amazingly well."

Abdellaoue scored with his first touch in the 68th, two minutes after coming on as a substitute, and he claimed his second from the penalty spot five minutes later.

"All the players reacted very well, and that’s how were able to turn it around," Hannover coach Mirko Slomka said.

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia could only describe it as a "brutal defeat."

Promoted Fuerth ended its game with nine men after former Moenchengladbach player Thomas Kleine and Milorad Pekovic became the club’s first players to be sent off in the Bundesliga.

"The game was going in the right direction for us — until the 12th minute," said Fuerth coach Mike Bueskens. "After the sending off it was of course difficult for us against a team so confident on the ball."

Bernd Nehrig put the home side in front with a penalty in the 10th, but Kleine was sent off two minutes later as the last defender for a tug on Patrick Herrmann.

Max Gruen denied Juan Arango from the resulting free kick, but the Fuerth goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent Oscar Wendt equalizing in the 22nd.

The home side fought back, however, and scored on a counterattack when Gerald Asamoah found Edgar Prib, who unleashed a precise shot inside the far corner in the 43rd.

Martin Stranzl scored with a header after a corner in the 51st, and Hermann gave the visitors the lead with a header from Mike Hanke’s cross six minutes later.

Pekovic was sent off after conceding a penalty for handball in injury time, and Thorben Marx sealed the result from the spot.

"It is how it is — bitter for us," Bueskens said.

Wolfsburg earlier secured its first Bundesliga win at home this season with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

"It you have to wait until Nov. 11 for your first home win in the Bundesliga, you can imagine that something was wrong," said interim Wolfsburg coach Lorenz-Guenther Koestner, who has overseen three wins from four games in all competitions since the club parted ways with Felix Magath on Oct. 25.

Brazilian playmaker Diego opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a free kick from a central position. He made it 2-0 when Bas Dost teed the ball up for the Brazilian to shoot inside the left post in the 16th.

The home side kept pouring forward and Marcel Schaefer crossed to give Dost an easy finish in the 33rd.

Dost may have scored a second late in the game but was denied by a fine reflex save by Michael Rensing, playing in place of the injured Bernd Leno.

Stefan Kiessling then rounded Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio to pull one back in injury time, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Leverkusen’s seven-game unbeaten run coming to an end.

Diego made a point of running to celebrate his first goal with Koestner, who is unsure how long he will stay in the job.

"I think we have a very good team. We have to go step by step," Diego said. "We’re on the right path."

Share

Latest Soccer Videos
A dull nil-nil affair for Chelsea, Atletico
1:49 | Apr 22, 2014