Friday, 15 September 2017

Hannover defeat Hamburg to move top of Bundesliga,

Promoted Hannover defeated injury-hit Hamburg 2-0 at home in the "little northern derby" to maintain their fine start to the Bundesliga on Friday. Second-half goals from Martin Harnik and Ihlas Bebou, on his first home appearance for Hannover, gave Andre Breitenreiter's side their third win from four games and maintained their unbeaten start. Breitenreiter, who played for Hamburg in 71 Bundesliga games (12 goals) between 1994 and 1998, is unbeaten as Hannover coach across the top two divisions since taking over in March. Though it means little at this stage, Hannover are top of the Bundesliga for the first time since Aug. 30, 1969. Hamburg, which was missing forwards Bobby Wood, Nicolai Mueller, Filip Kostic and Aaron Hunt, was also mourning the death earlier Friday of former president Wolfgang Klein at the age of 76.

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