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AWD-Arena 9th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Daniel Siebert

Hannover Hannover 96 vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

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Diouf earns Hannover victory

Last Updated: 09/02/13 5:28pm

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Mame Biram Diouf's goal settled the game

Mame Biram Diouf's goal settled the game

Mame Biram Diouf's early goal was the difference as Hannover picked up an uninspiring victory at home over Hoffenheim to remain in the running for the international places.

Diouf scored the game's only goal in the eighth minute to give some respite to Hannover, who had lost three of their last four matches but now improve to 29 points.

Hoffenheim remain in the heart of a relegation fight with 16 points, after just one win in their last 11 matches.

Hannover made the decisive breakthrough on a counter-attack as Szabolcs Huszti crossed from the left into the middle, where Diouf headed home.

The hosts were close to doubling the advantage after 32 minutes but Sofian Chahed's long-range shot went just wide.

Hoffenheim found their way into the match and nearly equalised four minutes later with Eugen Polanski sending a through ball to Tobias Weis, who could not beat Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler.

Weis was again stopped by Zieler in the 40th minute, this time with a shot from the edge of the area.

Hannover tried to counter-attack in the 58th minute but Huszti shot just wide.

The hosts missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 nine minutes later as Diouf homed in on Heurelho Gomes' goal - but the Senegalese striker could not convert.

Hoffenheim had one more chance with 10 minutes left but Joselu could not control Kevin Volland's cross as he hoped.

The hosts finished on the front foot and Hoffenheim defender David Abraham needed to clear away a Jan Schlaudraff cross in front of Diouf in the 86th minute.

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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

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