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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Niclas Füllkrug (76' PEN)
  • Takuma Asano (24')

Hannover avoid third-straight defeat in draw with Stuttgart

Niclas Fullkrug's penalty ensured Hannover avoided suffering a third straight defeat as they clinched a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart, who ended their losing run on the road.

Hannover had come unstuck at high-flying Leipzig and lowly Werder Bremen in their two most recent Bundesliga fixtures and it seemed their woes would continue when they fell behind on Friday night.

Christian Gentner's fierce drive from outside the area was spilled by Philipp Tschauner, allowing on-loan Arsenal forward Takuma Asano to score on the rebound in the 24th minute.

But the hosts served notice of their intent after the interval when Salif Sane's shot struck a post and they were firmly in the ascendancy as the game entered the final third.

They were rewarded for their endeavour in the 76th minute when Matthias Ostrzolek was fouled in the area, allowing Fullkrug to slot home the resulting penalty.

Stuttgart held on to secure their first away point in the league since April 2, having suffered nine straight defeats on the road.

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German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +64 84
2 Schalke 04 34 +16 63
3 TSG Hoffenheim 34 +18 55
4 Borussia Dortmund 34 +17 55
5 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +14 55
6 RB Leipzig 34 +4 53
7 VfB Stuttgart 34 0 51
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 0 49
9 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 -5 47
10 Hertha Berlin 34 -3 43
11 Werder Bremen 34 -3 42
12 FC Augsburg 34 -3 41
13 Hannover 96 34 -10 39
14 Mainz 34 -14 36
15 SC Freiburg 34 -24 36
16 VfL Wolfsburg 34 -12 33
17 Hamburg SV 34 -24 31
18 FC Cologne 34 -35 22

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