Germany: Julian Green makes first Bundesliga start in Hamburg loss
BERLIN (AP) -- Hannover defeated Hamburger SV 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday to increase the pressure on its former coach Mirko Slomka after a poor start to the season.
Leon Andreasen headed in the opening goal from Miiko Albornoz' deep cross in the 13th minute and Artur Sobiech made it 2-0 in the 24th, bundling the ball over the line after an effective cross from Spanish striker Joselu.
Hamburg striker Nicolai Mueller should have pulled one back after the break but dragged his shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.
It was the best chance of the game for the visitors, who are yet to score a goal in three Bundesliga games.
"We need a little time, we saw that today. We have to keep working on what we showed and make the most of our goal chances," said Slomka, who narrowly evaded relegation with Hamburg last season. "All the 50-50 balls fell in Hannover's favor."
Slomka had dropped goalkeeper Rene Adler and made a host of changes to the side that lost 3-0 at home to promoted Paderborn U.S. international Julian Green and former Schalke forward Lewis Holtby both started but he was unable to improve his side's poor record away from home.
Hamburg has not won an away game since a 3-0 win over Freiburg in October last year.
Defending champion Bayern Munich and then Borussia Moenchengladbach are the side's next opponents.
Earlier, Raul Bobadilla's second-half strike was enough for Augsburg to grind out a 1-0 Bundesliga win at Eintracht Frankfurt for the club's first victory of the season.
The Argentine struck four minutes after the break, when he scooped the ball in off the far post after Brazilian defender Anderson attempted to clear from Halil Altintop.
Frankfurt had a penalty appeal turned down in the 16th, when Dominik Kohr prevented Vaclav Kadlec from reaching a corner by tugging his shirt.
Tobias Werner twice struck the post for Augsburg late on in what was otherwise a game of few chances.
"A lot went wrong today. We played without heads and couldn't get a grip on the game. I've no explanation for it," Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf said.
Augsburg had been on a run of three straight defeats across all competitions this season.
"We always stayed calm and kept full trust in the team," Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl said.