Hannover wins to climb to 3rd place in Bundesliga

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -Didier Ya Konan scored twice to help Hannover climb to third place in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win over Nuremberg on Wednesday.

Hamburger SV was denied its second straight win when 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach snatched a goal in injury time to earn a 2-2 draw at home.

Stuttgart, Augsburg and all lost home. Stuttgart went down 3-0 to Hoffenheim, Augsburg lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen, and Freiburg was beaten 2-1 by Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich, a 3-0 winner over Wolfsburg on Tuesday, leads the standings with a perfect record of five wins from five games and 15 points.

Eintracht Frankfurt is second, two points behind after holding defending champion Borussia Dortmund to a 3-3 draw on Tuesday. Hannover is five points behind, ahead of Schalke on goal difference.

Ya Konan scored his goals early in the second half after first-half strikes from Lars Stindl and Szabolcs Huszti. Timothy Chandler scored a consolation goal for Nuremberg.

Nuremberg defender Per Nilsson gave away two of Hannover's goals, losing possession near his penalty area before Huszti's goal and Ya Konan's second. Huszti, returning from suspension, had a role in two other goals for Hannover.

Rafael van der Vaart scored his first goal since returning to Hamburg but failed to convert a penalty in the 53rd minute, hitting the post.

Alvaro Dominguez headed in the equalizer from Juan Arango's cross in injury time to notch the point for Moenchengladbach.

Van der Vaart scored in the 22nd with a left-footed volley. Goalkeeper Rene Adler's long clearance was headed onto van der Vaart's path by Heiko Westermann.

Defender Martin Stranzl equalized for Moenchengladbach in the 39th, although he appeared to lean on Westermann before heading into the net.

Artjoms Rudnevs connected with a cross from Milan Badelj in the 45th to regain the lead for Hamburg, and Stranzl was sent off before the penalty for bringing down Ivo Iicevic.

Takashi Usami threaded his way past five Stuttgart defenders and slotted inside the far post to put Hoffenheim ahead after five minutes,

Joselu and Fabian Johnson added second-half goals in Stuttgart as Hoffenheim won its second straight match, at times toying with Stuttgart's defense.

Leverkusen went ahead in Augsburg after seven minutes. Gonzalo Castro's shot bounced off the crossbar and Kiessling headed the ball into the net. Goalkeeper Mohamed Amsif said after the match that he had caught the ball before it had crossed the line and television replays appeared to confirm his assertion.

Philipp Wollscheid and Andre Schuerrle added goals before halftime, while Tobias Werner got one for the bottom-place club after the break.

Werder came back in the second half after strikes from Joseph Akpala and Aaron Hunt, canceling out Jonathan Schmidt's goal from a free kick in the 36th.

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