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AWD-Arena (ATT 49,000) 18th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Gagelmann

Hannover Hannover 96 vs Fortuna Dusseldorf F Dusseldorf

Hannover 3

M Diouf (36)
D Ya Konan (61, 76)

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F Dusseldorf 0

Fortuna relegated at Hannover

Last Updated: 18/05/13 6:06pm

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Mame Biram Diouf helped sink Fortuna

Mame Biram Diouf helped sink Fortuna

Hannover condemned Fortuna Dusseldorf to relegation to the second division thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win at the Niedersachsenstadion.

Mame Diouf's goal and a brace from Didier Ya Konan earned the Reds all three points to leave the visiting players in tears.

Hoffenheim's dramatic win over Borussia Dortmund meant they slipped two places and were relegated after only one season in the top flight following their 12th game in a row without a win.

Hannover coach Mirko Slomka said his side would honour their final game of the season and give the sell-out 42,000 crowd something to cheer, and his team did not let him down.

Although they took a bit of time to get warmed up, as soon as Diouf put them in front after half an hour, there was only ever going to be one winner.

Diouf turned in a cross from Steven Cherundolo, who this week signed a contract extension.

There was no real reaction from Dusseldorf, who showed a degree of nervousness which befitted a side who had not won a game since mid-February.

Ya Konan put the Reds two in front on the hour mark, with Diouf providing the assist this time.

With Hoffenheim at the time losing to Dortmund, Fortuna were nevertheless heading for a relegation play-off, even when Ya Konan netted his second.

However, as the news filtered through that Hoffenheim had drawn level, Dusseldorf knew they were reliant on Dortmund holding on for a point.

But those hopes were dashed as Hoffenheim sealed a 2-1 win, condemning Dusseldorf to relegation and raising questions over the future of their coach Norbert Meier.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 16 42
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 16 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14