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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 21,319) 26th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: P Sippel

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Hoffenheim 3

E Polanski (13)
A Modeste (51)
S Rudy (90+3)


Hannover 1

L Andreasen (10)
M Schmiedebach (S/O 76)

Hoffenheim v Hannover

Last Updated: 26/03/14 9:39pm

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Sebastian Rudy celebrates Hoffenheim's third goal

Sebastian Rudy celebrates Hoffenheim's third goal

Brazilian ace Roberto Firmino put pen-to-paper on a new contract minutes before kick-off as Hoffenheim picked up a 3-1 win over Hannover.

Firmino has been a revelation in an attack-heavy side under Markus Gisdol and the Liverpool target aided the triumph with an assist.

But the goals came from Eugen Polanski, Anthony Modeste and Sebastian Rudy with Hannover going down to 10 men later in the game after Manuel Schmiedebach's dismissal.

Hoffenheim's fluid attacking side with Firmino, Modeste and Kevin Volland has caught the eye this season, but they had to come back from a goal down as Leon Andreasen netted for Hannover on eight minutes.

Andreasen completed a neat one-touch move with the killer pass coming from Leonardo Bittencourt to set up the midfielder who tucked home.

Six minutes later, Polanski volleyed Hoffenheim level from the edge of the penalty box.

With neither side locked in a battle for Europe, nor a relegation dogfight, there was little resting on this encounter in Sinsheim.

Gisdol's side took the lead on 51 minutes through French striker Modeste who broke the Hoffenheim offside trap and finished Firmino's through ball.

Germany Under-21 international Rudy came close on 57 minutes with a fierce 30-yard strike which forced Ron-Robert Zieler into a superb save.

Hannover were reduced to 10 men after 75 minutes when Schmiedebach was shown a straight red card after a two-footed lunge on Modeste.

Rudy did get his name on the scoresheet, though, in the final minutes, finishing from the same distance after Zieler mis-kicked straight to the Hoffenheim midfielder's feet.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 12 30
2 Wolfsburg 12 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 20
4 Bayer Leverkusen 12 20
5 Hannover 96 12 19
6 FC Augsburg 12 18
7 Schalke 12 17
8 Hoffenheim 12 17
9 Mainz 12 16
10 SC Paderborn 07 12 16
11 Cologne 12 15
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 15
13 Hertha Berlin 12 14
14 SC Freiburg 12 12
15 Hamburg 12 12
16 Borussia Dortmund 12 11
17 Werder Bremen 12 10
18 Stuttgart 12 9