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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 36,101) 17th February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: T Kinhofer

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Nurnberg 2

T Klose (53)
S Polter (90+2)


Hannover 2

S Huszti (41)
D Ya Konan (68)

Nurnberg make point

Last Updated: 17/02/13 4:44pm

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Hiroki Sakai tries to turn away from Mike Frantz.

Hiroki Sakai tries to turn away from Mike Frantz.

Sebastian Polter salvaged Nurnberg a 2-2 draw as Hannover were denied their first win in five away games in dramatic circumstances.

Hannover appeared to be on course for a victory which would have put them right back in the hunt for a Europa League place when goals from Szabolcs Huszti and Didier Ya Konan gave them a 2-1 lead, Timm Klose on target for the hosts.

But Polter struck with almost the last kick of the game to earn Nurnberg a share of the spoils at the Frankenstadion, and take them 10 points clear of the relegation zone.

Nurnberg tried to catch Hannover cold after their trip to Russia in the Europa League on Thursday, and they put the Reds straight under pressure.

Hiroshi Kiyotake squandered their first chance in the 19th minute, wasting a clear shooting opportunity from just outside the area as Hannover appeared happy enough inviting pressure on to themselves.

Tomas Pekhart was only inches away from making contact with Javier Pinola's cross minutes later, but the home side still could not find a route to goal.

Hannover's first shot came after half-an-hour with Mohammed Abdellaoue missing the target from long range.

Suddenly the Reds burst into life and Johan Djourou was denied his first goal in a Hannover shirt by Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer in the 38th minute.

There was nothing Schafer could do to deny Huszti three minutes later, though, as the Hungarian dribbled his way into the area and scored a fine solo goal, although questions will be asked of Nurnberg's defending.

Nurnberg's response was positive and they got back on terms eight minutes into the second half when Kiyotake's free-kick was headed in by Klose from close to the penalty spot.

Pekhart tried to put Nurnberg in front with a carbon copy of Klose's goal, but his header was too close to Ron Robert Zieler.

Against the run of play Hannover regained the lead in the 68th minute with Ya Konan scoring from close range, meeting Abdellaoue's low cross after Kiyotake gave away possession in midfield.

Hannover packed men behind the ball in a bid to defend their lead this time, but they fell a matter of seconds short of doing so.

Timothy Chandler's cross was met by Polter at the near post, and he drove the ball in from close range to snatch a point for Nurnberg just before the referee brought an end to proceedings.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 33 76
2 Wolfsburg 33 68
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 33 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 33 61
5 Schalke 33 48
6 FC Augsburg 33 46
7 Borussia Dortmund 33 43
8 Werder Bremen 33 43
9 Hoffenheim 33 41
10 Mainz 33 40
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 33 40
12 Cologne 33 39
13 Hertha Berlin 33 35
14 SC Freiburg 33 34
15 Hannover 96 33 34
16 Stuttgart 33 33
17 Hamburg 33 32
18 SC Paderborn 07 33 31