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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)

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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 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 29 61
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 Schalke 29 42
6 FC Augsburg 29 42
7 Werder Bremen 29 38
8 Hoffenheim 29 37
9 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
10 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 29 25

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