Hannover moved up to third in the Bundesliga with a convincing away success at Freiburg tonight.
Mohamed Abdellaoue, Jan Schlaudraff and Konstantin Rausch put the visitors in command before Jan Rosenthal pulled a goal back for Freiburg 11 minutes from time. The result moves them to within two points of second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, while a sixth home defeat of the season means the home side stay eighth.
Freiburg threatened first when, in the 12th minute, Julian Schuster's curling free-kick was well punched clear by goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Hannover responded nine minutes later through Rausch, whose long-range effort went narrowly wide. And three minutes later the visitors were ahead when Schlaudraff found Abdellaoue, who scored with a low shot.
Zieler needed to be at his best to deny Schuster a 28th-minute equaliser - although the referee did not see that the goalkeeper got a hand to the Freiburg player's right-footed curling shot and failed to give a corner.
Hannover doubled their advantage in the 31st minute, with Lars Stindl winning possession and finding Schlaudraff, who scored with a low shot into the corner. Zieler preserved the two-goal advantage four minutes before the break when he denied Freiburg's Anton Putsila.
The points were secured in the 58th minute when Rausch converted Manuel Schmiedebach's excellent chip to make it 3-0. Freiburg kept battling however, and after Rosenthal had brought another good save out of Zieler 20 minutes from time, they got their consolation goal through the midfielder's low 15-yard effort.