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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 48,100) 17th April 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Brych

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Frankfurt 2

M Lanig (13)
A Meier (68)


Hannover 3

L Andreasen (2)
L Stindl (20)
D Ya Konan (29)

Hannover ease relegation fears

Last Updated: 17/04/14 10:03pm

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Hannover celebrate their vital victory

Hannover celebrate their vital victory

Hannover can almost plan for next season in the top flight of German football after a 3-2 win at Eintracht Frankfurt gave them plenty of breathing space at the bottom of the Bundesliga.

The Reds' second win in a row lifted them eight points clear of the bottom three ahead of the rest of the weekend's matches, and level on points with their hosts, who also seem safe with just three games of the season remaining.

Leon Andreasen put the visitors in front early on, but Martin Lanig soon levelled. Goals from Lars Stindl and Didier Ya Konan then put Hannover in command of the game, but their failure to convert a host of chances almost came back to haunt them.

Alexander Meier pulled a goal back for the Eagles midway through the second half, but they were unable to find an equaliser in a dramatic conclusion.

Hannover got off to the best possible of starts when Andreasen guided Christian Pander's cross inside Kevin Trapp's near post.

The lead lasted just 10 minutes, though, before Lanig got his foot to a swinging free-kick and volleyed the ball into the roof of the goal from point-blank range.

Stindl, who got on the scoresheet as an emergency striker last weekend, repeated that feat to turn another Pander cross in with his head, re-establishing Hannover's lead in the 20th minute.

Less than 10 minutes later, a delightful chip through from Andreasen was swept past Trapp by Ya Konan, with Hannover now fully in control of the game.

Andreasen then hit the woodwork early in the second half with Szabolcs Huszti striking the crossbar soon after.

It looked like Hannover might be punished for their profligacy when substitute Meier headed in Stefan Aigner's cross in the 68th minute.

But, despite the home side's valiant attempts, Hannover held firm to register a crucial away win which left them potentially just one win away from mathematical survival, along with their beaten hosts.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25