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This rather delightful encounter was played on the Sunday afternoon, and was more of ‘its there’ than any particular desire to see it. Coincidentally, this was 2-0 when I turned on after about half an hour, meaning that by the end of this match, I’d seen 5 halves of football in September and 1 goal.

So, what happened? Even at 2-0 up, Hannover tried to commit men forward, initially looking far more likely to get a third than Hamburg to get a first. There was a few clear cut chances during the hour I watched, most notably a Hamburg header slammed against the crossbar but there was always a feeling that the visitors wouldn’t have enough, almost as if Hannover were ‘letting them’ attack knowing they couldn’t do any damage, like an older brother letting the younger sibling race off, knowing that he has the pace to get back easily in a race.

This is three games without a goal for Hamburg, and with Bayern to come, it won’t get any easier. The likes of Lewis Holtby (anonymous) and Zoltan Stieber (frustrating) will have to be better in that game.

Hannover, it has to be said, were no great shakes for the period I saw; their reluctance to really press on for a third goal making them look relatively toothless even though it is hard to think that would have been the case had they not been ahead early.

Excitement factor 4/10

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