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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Martin Harnik (17')
  • Felix Klaus (42')
  • Ishak Belfodil (74')

Hannover beat Werder Bremen to move 10 points clear of relegation play-off

Hannover halted a five-match losing streak to move 10 points clear of the relegation play-off with a narrow 2-1 Bundesliga victory at home to Werder Bremen.
Martin Harnik handed the hosts the lead after 17 minutes as he slotted Miiko Albornoz's cross into the bottom corner at HDI-Arena.
Harnik had a header saved just after the half-hour mark as he pressed for a second and Hannover doubled their tally three minutes before the break through Felix Klaus' close-range effort.
The visitors came close to pulling a goal back though Thomas Delaney in the early exchanges of the second half, but he fired wide before captain Max Kruse saw his chance held out approaching the hour.
Werder did get the goal their pressure warranted as Ishak Belfodil pulled one back after 74 minutes but the home side held on for maximum points.
The defeat for the away side ended a five-match unbeaten run as they sit one point above their opponents in 12th.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 15 +26 39
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +17 30
3 Bayern Munich 15 +14 30
4 RB Leipzig 15 +14 28
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 +14 26
6 TSG Hoffenheim 15 +9 23
7 Hertha Berlin 15 +1 23
8 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +2 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 0 21
10 Mainz 15 -5 19
11 Bayer Leverkusen 15 -6 18
12 SC Freiburg 15 -5 17
13 Schalke 04 15 -5 15
14 FC Augsburg 15 -3 14
15 VfB Stuttgart 15 -19 14
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 15 -16 12
17 Nurnberg 15 -21 11
18 Hannover 96 15 -17 10