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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 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15