Looked solid from the off when he held onto an Arjen Robben drive and he held onto a free-kick from the Dutchman. Denied the winger again in the second-half and displayed the calmness and composure we've seen since he displaced Fromlowitz.
Had his side's first good opportunity of the game and went close. Set up the first goal with an excellent cross and revelled in the space he was afforded down the left flank. His fine shot led to the third when Gomez headed the ball into his own net. One of the best displays of his career and one that has all but cemented his club a European spot.
Tasked with man marking Gomez he stuck to the prolific striker like glue. Was a tad fortunate not to be penalized for a sly trip before the break but that should not detract too much from a fine defensive display overall.
The captain began very well, shutting down the space, which Ribery looked to operate in. Had no qualms about roughing the Frenchman up and not allowing him to settle into a rhythm. Will be disappointed to have lost Ribery for Bayern's consolation goal.
Gave Robben little space to work with down his flank. Didn't venture too far forward too often but he successfully shut out Bayern's greatest threat in the first-half. After the break, he had a tougher time against the flying winger, who began to grind him down.
Got on the end of a corner and had a decent chance to score, which was saved by Kraft. Defensively, he was imposing, commanding in the air and as usual giving no quarter. He also cut out the mean streak to his game today to the benefit of both himself and the team.
Had the crowd in awe with one excellent piece of skill - closed down brilliantly in midfield and played some fine passes forward to the wide men as well. Along with Pinto, helped Hannover boss the crucial midfield area.
A sliced clearance out of play early on could have put his side in greater trouble than it did. Thereafter did a great job of hassling the midfielders, especially Kroos, whose pocket he picked more than once. Capped off a good afternoon with a goal, even if he received a large slice of help from Kraft.
Took his opening goal superbly as he not only evaded the center-backs but just about kept his balance to ensure the ball stayed underneath the crossbar. Also assumed some useful positions down the inside-left channel to link up with Rausch.
A solid first-half from the midfielder, who covered a lot of ground and put one good cross in to the back stick to find Rausch. Earned a well-deserved rest towards the end and continues to be an unsung hero in this Hannover unit.
Broke in behind the defense on numerous occasions down the right-hand side, exposing Badstuber at left-back. When he got into good areas, he kept his composure and consistently found a team-mate, helping to carve out good goalscoring chances.
So much confidence has been placed in this young man by van Gaal but his first major blunder for the first-team may well have signaled the end for his mentor. The mistake came out of the blue and though he was perhaps a little too far off his line, he should have done much better.
Even the Bayern captain had an off day at right-back as he was given the runaround by Rausch - allowing the left-sided midfielder to roam down the left as and when he pleased.
Failed to close down Rausch in the build-up to the first goal and he failed to keep track of the lively and agile Abdellaoue. His red card in the second-half was perhaps harsh but it was the last thing his side needed at the time.
Was exposed time and time and time again in a miserable first-half at left-back. Gave Schlaudraff the freedom of the right wing and he was deservedly hooked at half-time by van Gaal.
Was initially caught far too far upfield for the first goal and when he got back, left a gap as wide as the Grand Canyon between himself and Abdellaoue. Another one to be hauled off at the break in a move of desperation by the Bayern coach.
Made little to no impact in a holding midfield role he is ill-suited for in the opening 45 minutes. Moved to left-back at half-time. For a winger by trade, his delivery into the box was not always up to the mark.
Completely overwhelmed in a central midfield role, which does not suit his strengths. He was poor in possession, often giving the ball away and he was robbed in numerous occasions by the more combative Hannover midfielders.
Another frustrating afternoon endured by the Frenchman who at times looked completely stunned by what was going on around him. He was too predictable coming inside on his right and on the two occasions he used his left peg, the Hannover defense was opened up (Gomez being tripped and Robben's goal).
Had not a great deal of joy in the first-half but he kept plugging away as is his trademark. His back-post header gave Bayern the hope they could claw their way back into this game. Almost single-handedly led Bayern's attempted recovery with a stunning volley into the side net before being denied by Zieler. A pity some others didn't show the same spirit when the chips were down.
A quiet day for the Bundesliga's leading striker this season as he was rendered impotent by excellent Hannover defending. He barely won a challenge against Haggui and Pogatetz. The one bright spot was a flick on to Mueller in the first-half.
Had another lackluster time of it in the first-half as shown with a hopeless shot skied over the bar. Didn't improve much after the break, despite his best efforts although deserves credit for his determined play before Bayern's goal.
- 1 F. Fromlowitz
Didn't do much in his 13 minutes on the field but did keep the ball well enough.
- 15 C. Djakpa
- 8 A. Lala
- 30 Carlitos
A decent cameo from the all-rounder brightened up the end of the game - he went close on two occasions and his fearless play perhaps warranted a fourth Hannover goal.
- 1 H. Butt
D. Van Buyten
Introduced at the break in place of Tymoschuk at the back and in truth did not give the chaotic performance one has come to expect but it was too little too late. Made a couple of good interceptions but new coach or not, he surely can't be restored to this side.
- 26 D. Contento
- 8 Hamit Altıntop
Ottl did a decent job in the second-half in midfield, breaking the play up and tidily distributing the ball but that was not what the inspiration Bayern required. Still, did what was asked of him and what could be reasonably expected of him.
The veteran goalscorer was wheeled out of the garage and brought on in a last-ditch attempt to save the day but he had next to no impact.