Hannover shocks defending champion Bayern 3-1

13:39, March 06, 2011      

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Hannover inflicted Bayern Munich its third consecutive defeat _ 3-1 Saturday in the German Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen, in second, enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 home win over Wolfsburg in Saturday's late game, when Michael Ballack was left out of the squad by coach Jupp Heynckes.

Nuremberg humiliated St. Pauli 5-0 thanks to four goals by striker Christian Eigler, while bottom teams Stuttgart and Monchengladbach earned important points at relegation battle.

With nine games left to play, Hannover has five more points than fourth-place Bayern.

Hannover opened the scoring in the 16th minute through striker Mohammed Abdellaoue as he utilized a cross after a direct turnover to volley home from eight meters.

Six minutes after interval, Hannover defender Konstantin Rausch extended the lead to 2-0 with a strike from 14 meters. @ In the 55th minute, Bayern midfielder Arjen Robben nodded home to bring his team one back, but all hopes of a comeback were ruined by Hannover midfielder Sergio Pinto who capitalized on an error by Bayern youngster goalie Thomas Kraft to score from 22 meters.

Even worse for Bayern, defender Breno was sent off with a straight red card due to a violent conduct.

In a one-sided affair against Wolfsburg, Leverkusen sealed three points within the first half as midfielder Lars Bender opened the scoring at the 21st minute, and eight minutes later midfielder Renato Augusto doubled the lead and striker Stefan Kieling marked the winner seconds before break.

The "Wolves" were unable to put up some resistance to suffer the fourth consecutive defeat against Leverkusen.

Wolfsburg still sits on 15th position, just one point away from relegation zone while Leverkusen firms second position with 49 points, 12 point behind leader Dortmund.

Earlier, Stuttgart won two games in a row for the first time this season, moving provisionally out of the relegation zone on goal difference after a 1-0 home win over 10-man Schalke.

Benedikt Hoewedes was sent off in the 14th, when referee Felix Brych ruled he stopped Tamas Hajnal's shot with his arm despite lying on the pitch. The unlucky defender received a straight red card and Zdravko Kuzmanovic dispatched the resulting penalty.

Bottom team Monchengladbach shocked midtable team Hoffenheim with a 2-0 victory.

Monchengladbach defender Filip Daems converted a penalty to bring his team up front at the 65th minute.

Only five minutes later, Monchengladbach striker Igor de Camargo headed home a corner to mark the 2-0 winner.

Monchengladbach remains at the Bundesliga bottom with 22 points whereas Hoffenheim stays on 9th position with 33 points.

Frankfurt shared points with promoted Kaiserslautern after goalless 90 minutes.

On Sunday, Freiburg will host struggling Bremen and Hamburg meet Mainz.

Source: Xinhua
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