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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 25,000) 23rd September 2012 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: M Fritz

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Hoffenheim 3

F Johnson (27)
S Salihovic (82)
D Williams (90+2)


Hannover 1

M Delpierre (og 26)

Hoffenheim off and running

Last Updated: 23/09/12 7:20pm

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Celebration time for Hoffenheim

Celebration time for Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim picked up their first win of the 2012/13 Bundesliga campaign to end Hannover's own unbeaten start with a 3-1 victory.

An own goal from Mathieu Delpierre compounded what has been a start of the season to forget for Hoffenheim, but Fabian Johnson replied immediately at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Late goals from Sejad Salihovic and Daniel Williams then gave Hoffenheim some long-awaited joy as they moved off the foot of the table with their first three points of the season.

Hoffenheim came into the game on the back of four straight defeats in all competitions, and just when it seemed it could not get any worse, it did.

Opponents had been finding it easy enough to score against Markus Babbel's side without the need for favours like the one Delpierre gave Hannover.

He headed Konstantin Rausch's whipped cross from the left past his own goalkeeper in the 26th minute.

Fishing the ball out of the back of the net this time was Koen Casteels and not Tim Wiese, who missed the game due to injury after conceding 11 goals already this season.

Hoffenheim's answer was immediate, though, with Johnson beating Steven Cherundolo for pace down the left wing and cutting inside to place his shot beyond Ron Robert Zieler into the far corner.

It was Delpierre who sent him clear, making up for his own goal within 60 seconds.

Zieler then came into his own, showing why he is Germany's second-choice goalkeeper by first tipping Sebastian Rudy's free-kick wide for a corner and then denying Eren Derdiyok at full stretch.

He even got to Salihovic's header in the 82nd minute, but after the ball had already crossed the line as Hoffenheim took the lead for the first time.

Hannover, who were in Europa League action on Thursday, could not find the energy for a recovery and they conceded a third goal in stoppage time when Williams swept a shot into an empty net from 15 yards out after Kevin Volland unselfishly set him up.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19