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AWD-Arena (ATT 45,800) 9th December 2012 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: Tobias Welz

Hannover Hannover 96 vs Bayer Leverkusen Leverkusen

Hannover 3

S Huszti (pen 20, pen 69)
M Diouf (57)

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Leverkusen 2

G Castro (3)
S Kiessling (58)

Hannover hit Leverkusen hopes

Last Updated: 09/12/12 6:46pm

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Hannover hit Bayer Leverkusen's hopes of keeping pace with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich as Szabolcs Hustzi scored two penalties to secure a narrow 3-2 victory for the hosts.

Leverkusen went ahead after two minutes through Gonzalo Castro but Huszti equalised from the spot in the 20th minute.

Mame Biram Diouf gave Hannover the lead 2-1 in the 57th minute before Stefan Kiessling levelled 60 seconds later, but Huszti converted another penalty in the 69th minute.

A day after head coach Mirko Slomka extended his contract until 2016, Hannover collected their fifth home victory of the season to move to 23 points.

Leverkusen saw their four-game winning streak snapped to remain on 30 points in second place - 11 points behind runaway leaders Bayern.

Leverkusen raced ahead after just two minutes with some superb passing as Andre Schurrle fed Lars Bender, who centred for Castro to fire home.

Hannover equalised after 20 minutes from the spot through Huszti after the Hungarian was fouled in the box by Manuel Friedrich.

The hosts then took the lead 12 minutes after the re-start with a fine effort as Jan Schlaudraff's long diagonal pass from the right found a charging Diouf and the Senegalese headed home.

Leverkusen answered just a minute later as Kiessling headed home Bender's pass from the right side, before visiting goalkeeper Bernd Leno made a fine save from Didier Ya Konan's shot to keep the scores level.

But Leno was beaten a second time from the spot in the 69th minute after Huszti again won and converted a spot-kick to seal the points for his side.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
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 17 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