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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 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19

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