Berlin, Germany: Croatian international Ante Rebic grabbed a goal and created another to inspire Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 victory over bottom club Hanover 96 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Rebic caused havoc in the Hanover defence all afternoon as Frankfurt eased to a much-needed second win of the season and lifted themselves away from the bottom three.
Hanover are rooted to the bottom with a meagre two points from six matches.
Evan N'Dicka gave Frankfurt the lead on 36 minutes, as Hanover lost the ball too easily in their own half, and Ndicka latched onto Sebastien Haller's looping header to score his first ever Bundesliga goal.
More hapless defending from Hanover saw Frankfurt double the lead on the stroke of half-time, Rebic twisting 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 Rebic to break free in the final third. The Croatian squared the ball to Jonathan De Guzman, who tapped it into an open goal for Frankfurt's third.
Hanover clawed one back four minutes from time, Florent Muslija turning 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 Jovic danced through the Hanover back line to squeeze the ball past Esser.
"We have to support each other more," Hanover midfielder Pirmin Schwegler told Sky. "This is a bad situation, and we can’t run away from it. As cliched as it sounds, we need to sort this out as a team."