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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.

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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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