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    Hannover 96

    2

    Frankfurt

    0

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    Gladbach

    1

    SC Freiburg

    0

GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

AWD-Arena, Hannover, Germany

Attendance: 40700

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Hannover 96

  • Mame Biram Diouf 25'
  • Szabolcs Huszti 67'

2 - 0

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Hannover 96 v Eintracht Frankfurt: Preview

Hannover coach Mirko Slomka has admitted he is suffering as his side search for their first win in eight matches.

A slump in form has seen the Reds slip down the standings and the pressure increase on Slomka, whose job could be on the line if they cannot restore their previously imperious home form against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

``Of course it's getting at me and I'm suffering because of it,'' Slomka told reporters on Friday.

He has been given the backing of director of sport Dirk Dufner, who has reduced the pressure somewhat by changing the expectations.

``As a result, we've altered our goal for the first half of the season,'' Dufner said. ``We now want to reach 20 points come the winter break.''

With four games remaining, Hannover have enough chances to realise that aim, and Slomka is delighted to have Marcelo back after suspension to reinforce the team.

``He's a very important player and radiates calm and authority,'' he said.

Frankfurt come to town riding the crest of a wave after their 1-0 win in Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Some 12,000 fans joined the Eagles on that trip to France's Atlantic coast and the win, which secured their passage to the last 32 of the competition, has lifted the spirits at a club who are currently above the bottom three only on goal difference.

``I've never experienced anything like it,'' admitted coach Armin Veh.

``I'm not normally the kind of person to really celebrate wins in a big way, but it was really incredible in Bordeaux.

``The support we got from the fans was fantastic. It was incredible.''

However, the game has taken its toll on his team and, although Veh does not have any new injury concerns, he does not have any players returning either.

``It's going to be a tough game for us because our personnel situation is no better, but of course we want to win again,'' he said.

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