VfL Wolfsburg and Hannover 96 shared the spoils in their Bundesliga clash following a 1-1 draw at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday.
VfL Wolfsburg 1, Hannover 96 1
Dost grabs the opener
Wolfsburg ahead at the break
Kiyotake equalizes on the hour mark
Sides unable to find the winner
VfL Wolfsburg took the lead five minutes before the break in what was a tight first-half at the Volkswagen Arena, striker Bas Dost heading home the opener.
Hannover 96 came out a renewed outfit after the interval and were rewarded for their perseverance in attack when Hiroshi Kiyotake smashed home the level just before the hour mark.
Both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances in the final half-hour and were perhaps guilty of profligacy in front of goal in a match either side could have won.
VfL Wolfsburg produced the better of the chances in the first half and were perhaps unlucky not to take the lead in the 15th minute when Max Kruse fired a stinging volley goalward that was excellently saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.
Hannover 96 would come close with an expert counter-attack as Hiroshi Kiyotaki broke down the wing and fed Artur Sobiech who had the chance to shoot but hesitated, allowing Diego Benaglio to gather.
It took until the 40th minute for the deadlock to be broken and Wolfsburg claimed the lead as Bas Dost showed great determination to head home Daniel Caligiuri's perfectly placed cross from close range.
After the interval, it didn't take long for Hannover to grab the equaliser through Kiyotake, the Japan international controlling Manuel Schmiedebach's cross on his chest and smashing a venomous volley in off the underside of the bar.
The goal seemed to spur Hannover on and the visitors enjoyed the majority of the possession for much of the second stanza, though they were unable to break Wolfsburg down, Die Wolfe seemingly pacing an emphasis on defending well after the humiliation they suffered at Bayern last week.
Both sides pushed for the winner as the second half wore on but a combination of poor finishing and good defending saw that the scores remained level and both sides had to settle for a point.