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Mercedes-Benz Arena (ATT 47,630) 7th December 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Brych

Stuttgart Stuttgart vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Stuttgart 4

M Harnik (13)
V Ibisevic (33)
I Traore (52)
K Rausch (84)

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Hannover 2

A Sobiech (28)
S Sane (31)

Stuttgart leapfrog Hannover

Last Updated: 07/12/13 5:31pm

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Gotoku Sakai of Stuttgart controls the ball

Gotoku Sakai of Stuttgart controls the ball

Stuttgart returned to winning ways in style with a 4-2 win over Hannover which took them above their opponents and up to 10th place.

Martin Harnik gave the hosts the lead early on, but two quick goals from Artur Sobiech and Salif Sane turned the game in Hannover's favour.

Vedad Ibisevic brought Stuttgart level before the break and further goals from Ibrahim Traore and Konstantin Rausch earned the Swabians all three points.

Coach Thomas Schneider fielded the youngest Stuttgart side since October 1987, when a young Jurgen Klinsmann was already making a name for himself, but there were no signs of immaturity.

One of their youngest players, 20-year-old Moritz Leitner, set up Harnik to give them the lead in the 13th minute, the Austrian forward ghosting in unmarked at the far post to score from close range.

Stuttgart shot themselves in the foot moments later when Daniel Schwaab and goalkeeper Sven Ulreich got in each other's way and Sobiech accepted the gift, stealing in between them and tucking the ball into the vacated goal.

Three minutes later, Sane put Hannover in front with a brave header from Szabolcs Huszti's free-kick.

Stuttgart responded well to the first signs of despondency among the Mercedes-Benz-Arena fans and Harnik sent in a cross for Ibisevic to head them back on terms just two minutes later.

The home team regained the lead in the 51st minute when Traore resisted the temptation to tee up Ibisevic, who had drifted into an offside position, and instead chose to drive a powerful angled shot into the far corner of Ron-Robert Zieler's goal.

Victory was then sealed by Rausch, who just beat the offside trap before curling in an effort with the outside of his left foot, although out of respect for his former club he refused to celebrate his goal.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25