Huszti inspires Hannover; away wins for Bayer and Bremen

Munich - Hannover 96 moved up to third in the standings after a clinical display at home to 1. FC Nuremberg. Elsewhere, both Bayer 04 Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen recorded impressive home wins away to FC Augsburg and SC Freiburg respectively.

Hannover 96 4-1 1.FC Nuremberg

Hannover crushed Nuremberg thanks again to Szabolcs Huszti, with one goal and two assists.

After dominating the opening period, Hannover eventually took the lead when Steven Cherundolo sent the ball to Jan Schlaudraff and he cut in from the right and squared for Szabolcs Huszti. He in turn laid it off for Lars Stindl to open his account for the season and put Hannover in front in the 21st minute. Eight minutes later, Huszti made it two, stealing the ball off Per Nilsson before bearing down on Raphael Schäfer and curling the ball into the far corner with the outside of his left foot, meaning the Hungarian has now been involved in nine of the Reds' ten goals this season.

Didier Ya Konan made it three in the 52nd minute, dribbling his way into the penalty area and away from Schäfer before turning to slot the ball low into the bottom corner. The Ivory Coast international grabbed his second and Hannover s fourth in the 64th minute with no surprise that Huszti again provided the assist, this time laying the ball on a plate for Ya Konan to tuck home. Timothy Chandler grabbed a consolation for Nuremberg in the 73rd minute with a shot into the far corner, which seemed to go through Ron-Robert Zieler's hands.

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FC Augsburg 1-3 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen saw of Augsburg with three goals in the first half to deservedly take maximum points in Bavaria.

Leverkusen took the lead in the seventh minute when Gonzalo Castro's vicious shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down on the line and out again, but Stefan Kießling was on hand to head in the rebound, with Mohamed Amsif's attempts to hook it off the line deemed to have come just a split second too late. Philipp Wollscheid made it two in the 39th minute with a volley which took a deflection on its way in and the game was effectively over come half time as Andre Schürrle got his first goal of the season in the 44th minute with a fine individual effort, carrying the ball to the edge of the penalty area and then shooting low into the far corner of Amsif's goal.

It was a matter of pride for Augsburg in the second half, and they rose to the challenge, pulling a goal back and not conceding any more. Tobias Werner got that goal in the 51st minute when he was picked out by Daniel Baier and beat Bernd Leno with an intelligent chip shot from an angle. Aristide Bance caused a nuisance of himself as the Bavarians threatened to find a route back into the game, but Leverkusen were sparked back into action to defend their lead with more concentration and more organisation.

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SC Freiburg 1-2 SV Werder Bremen

Having conceded an average of four goals per game in their last eight encounters with Bremen, it was understandable that Freiburg were a touch nervous to begin with. For their part, the visitors were also apparently aware of their record against die Breisgauer and sought to put them under pressure, primarily through long balls forward to imposing forward Joseph Akpala.

Gradually the hosts found a foothold in the game, settling their nerves by retaining possession well in midfield with short passes. Freiburg got their noses in front in spectacular fashion when Jonathan Schmid curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner from 25 yards. Freiburg continued to hold the upper hand for the remainder of the half and deservedly took their lead into the break.

The home team looked to build on their advantage in the second period and very nearly went 2-0 up, but Sebastian Mielitz made a superb save to deny Max Kruse. That was be the key moment in match as Bremen burst up the other end and pulled level through Akpala, who converted Marco Arnautovic's cross at the near post with a neat flick. Buoyed by the goal, Bremen puffed their chests out and went in front through Aaron Hunt, who finished a well-worked move from close range. Try as they might towards the end, Freiburg could not snatch a point and succumbed to another defeat against their bogey team.

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