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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 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31

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