Eintracht’s Rebić punishes Hannover with goal and assist

Ante Rebić scored a goal and set up another to lead Eintracht Frankfurt to victory. (AFP pic)

BERLIN: Croatia international Ante Rebić grabbed a goal and created another to inspire Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 victory over bottom club Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Rebić caused havoc in the Hannover defence all afternoon as Frankfurt eased to a much-needed second win of the season and lifted themselves away from the bottom three.

Hannover are rooted to the bottom with a meagre two points from six matches.

Evan N’Dicka gave Frankfurt the lead on 36 minutes, as Hannover lost the ball too easily in their own half, and N’Dicka latched onto Sébastien Haller’s looping header to score his first-ever Bundesliga goal.

More hapless defending from Hannover saw Frankfurt double the lead on the stroke of halftime, as Rebić twisted away from Oliver Sorg to slot the ball past goalkeeper Michael Esser.

The visitors started the second half brightly, but shot themselves in the foot once again when Waldemar Anton allowed Rebić to break free in the final third. The Croatian squared the ball to Jonathan de Guzmán, who tapped it into an open goal for Frankfurt’s third.

Hannover clawed one back four minutes from time when Florent Muslija turned in Bobby Wood’s cross to score a consolation goal on his Bundesliga debut.

The visitors’ brief resistance was crushed moments later, however, as Luka Jović danced through the Hannover back line to squeeze the ball past Esser.