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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Martin Harnik (50')
  • Ihlas Bebou (82')

Hannover defeat Hamburg to move top of Bundesliga

Ihlas Bebou celebrates after scoring a goal for Hannover in their Bundesliga win against Hamburg. Getty Images

Newly promoted Hannover climbed to the top of the Bundesliga table with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Friday night.

Martin Harnik struck the opener early in the second half and Ihlas Bebou added the second late on for the impressive newcomers.

The three points mean Hannover extend their current unbeaten run to 16 games and move top - until Sunday at least - for the first time in 48 years.

In-form Austrian Harnik opened the scoring when he pounced to poke home after Niclas Fullkrug headed the ball across the Hamburg goal.

Hamburg were struggling without the pace and movement of US striker Bobby Wood, who was absent because of a knee injury.

And substitute Bebou doubled his side's advantage in the 82nd minute when he fired home after Hamburg keeper Christian Mathenia could only parry Felix Klaus' initial shot.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 16 +25 38
2 Schalke 04 16 +7 29
3 RB Leipzig 16 +3 28
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 +11 27
5 TSG Hoffenheim 16 +6 26
6 Borussia Dortmund 16 +14 25
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 +2 25
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 -3 25
9 FC Augsburg 16 +4 23
10 Hannover 96 16 -2 22
11 Hertha Berlin 16 0 21
12 VfL Wolfsburg 16 +1 19
13 SC Freiburg 16 -14 18
14 VfB Stuttgart 16 -7 17
15 Mainz 16 -9 16
16 Hamburg SV 16 -8 15
17 Werder Bremen 16 -7 14
18 FC Cologne 16 -23 3

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