Bundesliga review

Hannover up to third

September 26, 2012

Hannover marched up to third in the Bundesliga table with a comfortable 4-1 win over Nurnberg, while Hoffenheim piled the pressure on Stuttgart.

 Didier Ya Konan
PA Photos Didier Ya Konan of Hannover celebrates

Didier Ya Konan scored twice and Szabolcs Huszti collected two assists and a goal as Hannover remain among the Bundesliga pacesetters.

Lars Stindl gave Hannover the lead in the 21st minute and Huszti made it 2-0 after 29 minutes. Ya Konan then picked up his brace of goals in the 52nd and 64th minutes before Timothy Chandler scored a consolation goal in the 73rd minute for Nurnberg.

The result saw Hannover extend their unbeaten run at home to 21 matches and leaves them third in the league with 10 points - five behind leaders Bayern Munich and three adrift of Eintracht Frankfurt.

At the other end of the table Hoffenheim moved out of the bottom three with a 3-0 win at second-bottom Stuttgart.

Takashi Usami opened the scoring after five minutes and second-half efforts from Joselu and Fabian Johnson completed a comfortable win.

Rafael van der Vaart scored and then missed a penalty for Hamburg as Borussia Monchengladbach snatched a 2-2 draw.

The former Tottenham midfielder put his side 1-0 up in the 23rd minute only for Martin Stranzl to level six minutes before the break.

Artjoms Rudnevs restored Hamburg's lead on the stroke of half-time, but the visitors missed the chance to go further clear 10 minutes into the second half when Van der Vaart failed from the spot after Stranzl was sent off.

And that miss proved costly as Gladbach grabbed a point in the final minute thanks to Alvaro Dominguez's equaliser.

Bayer Leverkusen cruised to a 3-1 win at bottom side Augsburg. The visitors were three up at half-time with goals from Stefan Kiessling, Phillipp Wollscheid and Andre Schurrle.

Tobias Werner pulled one back early in the second half, but the hosts could not mount a fightback.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen came from behind to win 2-1 at Freiburg. Goals early in the second half from Joseph Akpala and Aaron Hunt cancelled out Jonathan Schmid's opener.