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AWD-Arena (ATT 49,000) 12th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Hannover Hannover 96 vs Hamburg Hamburg

Hannover 2

L Stindl (9)
D Ya Konan (86)


Hamburg 1

H Calhanoglu (48)

Late delight for Hannover

Last Updated: 12/04/14 10:33pm

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Didier Ya Konan sealed the win for Hannover

Didier Ya Konan sealed the win for Hannover

Didier Ya Konan struck an 86th-minute winner to hand Hannover a huge 2-1 Bundesliga win over relegation rivals Hamburg.

Ya Konan's goal put a dampener on Mirko Slomka's return to Hannover after being sacked from his post 107 days ago.

Slomka's side had levelled through Hakan Calhanoglu's free-kick, which cancelled out Lars Stindl's opener.

More than 10,000 Hamburg fans made the trip to Lower Saxony, yet the travelling crowd was in for a turbulent first-half viewing.

Hannover's pressing start resulted in a goal after nine minutes, with defensive midfielder Stindl popping up to head home Edgar Prib's cross from the left.

On the same flank for HSV, their first foray towards Ron-Robert Zieler's goal on 21 minutes saw Jacques Zoua shoot way off target.

Six minutes later, Michael Mancienne was the saviour, heading Ya Konan's free header off the line.

Moments after, Hannover struck the post through Leonardo Bittencourt.

Other results were going against Hamburg, but Slomka spoke earlier this week about reversing the weak mentality among his team.

His words at the break inspired Hamburg to a stronger start to the second half and they were level inside 120 seconds from Calhanoglu's scrappy free-kick.

His former assistant, Hannover boss Tayfun Korkut, responded by throwing on former HSV hitman Artjoms Rudnevs with 15 minutes left on the clock.

And it was the powering Latvian striker who rampaged past Dennis Diekmeier, his shot cleared off the line by Johan Djourou only for Ya Konan to finish.

Hannover held on for their first win in six matches to all but secure their safety in the Bundesliga, leaving Hamburg in the relegation the play-off position.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 29 73
2 Wolfsburg 28 60
3 Bayer Leverkusen 29 54
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 54
5 FC Augsburg 29 42
6 Schalke 28 41
7 Hoffenheim 29 37
8 Borussia Dortmund 29 36
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 36
10 Werder Bremen 28 35
11 Mainz 29 34
12 Cologne 29 34
13 Hertha Berlin 29 34
14 SC Freiburg 29 29
15 Hannover 96 29 29
16 SC Paderborn 07 29 27
17 Stuttgart 29 26
18 Hamburg 28 25