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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 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