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Hannover banish group stage demons in Liege

Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 23.10CET
R. Standard de Liège 2-2 Hannover 96
Beaten 2-0 by Standard in the group stage, the visitors came from behind and survived some late scares to emerge on level terms.
by Ian Holyman
from Stade Maurice Dufrasne

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Match statistics

Standard LiègeHannover

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target11
 
8
Attempts off target8
 
4
Corners7
 
4
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 8 March 2012, 23.10CET

Hannover banish group stage demons in Liege

R. Standard de Liège 2-2 Hannover 96
Beaten 2-0 by Standard in the group stage, the visitors came from behind and survived some late scares to emerge on level terms.

In-form Mame Diouf struck a second-half equaliser to hand Hannover 96 the edge in their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie against R. Standard de Liège.

Standard remain unbeaten in the competition this season, but have work to do in next week's second leg after conceding at home for the first time this campaign. Lars Stindl's 22nd-minute penalty for the visitors came against the run of play, and was quickly cancelled out by Yoni Buyens and Mohamed Tchite, who put Standard in front with two quick goals. However, Diouf's fourth strike in eight fixtures since his January move to Germany means Hannover will be confident of progressing next Thursday.

They had a testing start to the match, though, Gohi Bi Cyriac's pace a particular concern, and looked poised to endure an evening as uncomfortable as their 2-0 defeat here in the group stage. A jet-heeled burst into the box from Konstantin Rausch brought relief, however, as he provoked a reckless lunge from Kanu. From the spot, Stindl comfortably ended Standard's previously pristine defensive record in the competition.

Undeservedly behind, José Riga's side swiftly set about redressing the balance, and then almost immediately tipped it in their favour. A blistering counterattack ended with Buyens delightfully turning home a Tchite cross, before the provider turned finisher when he brilliantly headed in a Serge Gakpe corner.

The interval halted the hosts' momentum, and the visitors duly reasserted themselves once more in the second half. Two Stindl efforts from distance came close to bringing an equaliser, before the Hannover midfielder sprinted forward with intent. Though he was unable to cross, the ball broke for Didier Konan Ya to square for the unmarked Diouf, who could not miss. With time running out, Kanu flicked on a Sébastien Pocognoli free-kick, but Ron-Robert Zieler instinctively stuck out a hand.

Zieler breathed another sigh of relief even late on when Felipe's header was parried into the path of Tchite, who somehow missed the target with the goal gaping.

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Lineups

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Standard Liège

hannover

Hannover

38
Sinan BolatSinan Bolat (GK)
1
ZielerRon-Robert Zieler (GK)
5
FelipeFelipe
3
HagguiKarim Haggui
6
CimanLaurent Ciman
Yellow Card61
5
EggimannMario Eggimann
10
TchitéMohamed Tchité
Goal30
6
CherundoloSteven Cherundolo (C)
Yellow Card81
11
CyriacCyriac
Substitution89
7
da Silva PintoSergio da Silva Pinto
15
PocognoliSébastien Pocognoli
11
Ya KonanDidier Ya Konan
Yellow Card90+4
Substitution90+4
17
BuyensYoni Buyens
Goal27
Yellow Card86
23
ChahedSofian Chahed
21
VainqueurWilliam Vainqueur
24
PanderChristian Pander
25
KanuKanu
28
StindlLars Stindl
Goal22
37
Van DammeJelle Van Damme (C)
Substitution80
34
RauschKonstantin Rausch
Substitution90+1
77
GakpeSerge Gakpe
Substitution89
39
DioufMame Diouf
Goal56
Substitution60

Substitutes

18
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
21
RadlingerSamuel Radlinger (GK)
3
BelhocineKarim Belhocine
4
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
4
OpareDaniel Opare
8
LalaAltin Lala
20
SeijasLuis Manuel Seijas
Substitution80
9
SobiechArtur Sobiech
Substitution60
Yellow Card67
23
BatshuayiMichy Batshuayi
Substitution89
17
StoppelkampMoritz Stoppelkamp
Substitution90+4
32
BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
Substitution89
19
SchulzChristian Schulz
Substitution90+1
55
GershonRami Gershon
35
AvevorChristopher Avevor

Coach

José Riga (BEL) Mirko Slomka (GER)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA), Fredji Harchay (FRA)

Fourth official

Alexandre Castro (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Said Ennjimi (FRA), Clément Turpin (FRA)

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