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Rhein Energie Stadion (ATT 46,500) 11th March 2011 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: W Stark

Cologne Cologne vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Cologne 4

Petit (35)
L Podolski (60)
M Novakovic (79, 89)


Cologne crush Hannover

Novakovic nets twice in surprise 4-0 victory

Last Updated: 11/03/11 9:36pm

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Novakovic: At the double for Cologne

Novakovic: At the double for Cologne

Hannover squandered the opportunity to go second in the Bundesliga after being thrashed 4-0 by Cologne on Friday night.

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Hannover have been in fine form in recent weeks, beating Bayern Munich 3-1 last time out to extend their unbeaten run to five games.

A victory at the Rhein Energie Stadion would have lifted Hannover at least temporarily above Bayer Leverkusen, who face Mainz on Sunday.

However, Cologne, just four points clear of the relegation zone at kick-off, produced a superb performance to run out emphatic winners.

Petit opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 36th minute before Lukas Podolski made it 2-0 on the hour mark after being released by Christian Clemens' pass.

Slovenian striker Milivoje Novakovic then netted twice from close range in the final 11 minutes to seal the rout and put Cologne up to tenth in the standings.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25