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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 23 +37 59
2 Borussia Dortmund 23 +19 40
3 Bayer Leverkusen 23 +13 38
4 RB Leipzig 22 +6 38
5 Schalke 04 23 +6 37
6 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +5 36
7 Hannover 96 23 -1 32
8 FC Augsburg 23 +3 31
9 TSG Hoffenheim 23 0 31
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 -5 31
11 Hertha Berlin 23 0 30
12 SC Freiburg 23 -13 28
13 VfB Stuttgart 23 -8 27
14 VfL Wolfsburg 23 -4 24
15 Werder Bremen 23 -7 23
16 Mainz 23 -13 23
17 Hamburg SV 23 -16 17
18 FC Cologne 23 -22 14

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