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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 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25