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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 Bayern Munich 26 +41 60
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 +34 60
3 RB Leipzig 26 +24 49
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 +14 47
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 +21 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 26 +7 42
7 VfL Wolfsburg 26 +5 42
8 Werder Bremen 26 +8 39
9 TSG Hoffenheim 26 +12 38
10 Hertha Berlin 26 +1 35
11 SC Freiburg 26 -5 31
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 26 -17 31
13 Mainz 26 -18 30
14 FC Augsburg 26 -10 25
15 Schalke 04 26 -17 23
16 VfB Stuttgart 26 -30 20
17 Hannover 96 26 -37 14
18 Nurnberg 26 -33 13