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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 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15

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