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Bundesliga Saturday: Hamburg Vs. Hannover 96: Costly Draw For Both Teams

Hamburg and Hannover 96 will be leaving the Imtech Arena on Saturday with the feeling that they left two points on the field. 

The second half saw the match really pick up in intensity and both sides would see several quality scoring chances. With a quarter of an hour left, both sides would see their best efforts fail to hit the back of the net. Dider Ya Kanon would miss inches wide of the far post, and then Eljero Elia would later have a shot cleared off the line minutes later.

Each side used only one substitute, and both opened the game up dramatically. Hamburg would bring on Burkina Faso international Jonathan Pitroipa for Tunay Torun. He added a spark to the right side to balance the side with Elia on the left. Hannover would replace the injured Mohammed Abdellaoue with Jan Schlaudraff. Schlaudraff was able to get behind the Hamburg back four repeatedly, but Konstantin Rausch would put the best opportunity produced right into the arms of Frank Rost.

Hamburg have to be disappointed that Elia was not able to connect more with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mladen Petric. Elia was unable to effectively beat Hannover right back Steve Cherundolo in the second half. When he did beat Cherundolo, he was often unable to find a teammate to create a scoring opportunity. Elia may also want to investigate getting a new pair of cleats, as he spent the majority of the match lifting himself off of the pitch after falling.

Hannover 96 now sit two points ahead of Bayern München for the third Champions League place. Bayern play host to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday. Hamburg are now five points back of the final Europa League place.

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Hamburg Vs. Hannover 96: Scoreless At Halftime

Hamburg and Hannover 96 are currently scoreless at halftime at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg.

Hannover 96 surely had the best scoring chance in the first half. Manuel Schmiedebach played a great ball to Mohammed Abdellaoue right through Hamburg's centerbacks. Abdellaoue was able to navigate his way around Frank Rost and put in a low cross toward Konstantin Rausch who would have had to just touch the ball for it to go into the back of the net. Hamburg's Dennis Deikmeier got back just in time to throw his foot in front of Rausch and knock the ball away from Rausch and out for a corner.

Eljero Elia has looked very good for Hamburg early on in this match. It's been a battle along the the right side of the field between Elia and Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo. Hamburg will be looking to see Elia link up with Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mladen Petric in the second half to produce more quality scoring chances for the home side.

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