Defeat disappoints Slomka despite progress
Hannover coach Mirko Slomka was disappointed with his team's performance against Standard Liege last night, even though the 2-0 defeat was good enough for the club to advance to the last-32 of the UEFA Europa League. Standard won with goals from Mohamed Tchite and Gohi Cyriac to go through with Hannover joining them after FC Copenhagen could only manage a draw with Vorskla.
Slomka claimed all joy of qualifying would be put to one side until the loss had been fully analysed. He said: "We did not actually want to go through with a defeat. We started well, but then we were submissive and looked bad. At this level, you get punished immediately for that.
"We have definitely played better games than this. We are therefore not so happy because we were unable to make the breakthrough in attack. None of us are celebrating going through yet because the memories of this game are still fresh."
While the club's director of sport Jorg Schmadtke echoed Slomka's disappointment at the performance, he appeared keener to rejoice in his club's historic qualification. "It is fantastic that we have achieved the greatest success for this club in Europe and qualified for the next round," he said on his club's website. "It is good for our reputation, for every individual player and for the brand Hannover 96 to have qualified from such an even group so quickly."