Hanover held at Nuremberg, Stuttgart win
Côte d'Ivoire striker Didier Ya Konan hit his first Bundesliga goal since September as Hanover were held to a 2-2 draw at Nuremberg today. Having reached the recent CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, where Côte d'Ivoire lost to eventual winners Nigeria, Ya Konan, 28, put Hanover ahead with his 68th-minute strike before Nuremberg grabbed an equaliser two minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Midfielder Sebastian Polter met American international Timothy Chandler's pin-point cross from the right flank to poach a point as Hanover moved up to eighth, while Nuremberg drop to 14th.
Hanover had taken a first-half lead through Hungary midfielder Szabolcs Huszti before Nuremberg equalised when Japanese international Hiroshi Kiyotake's free-kick was headed home by Swiss defender Timm Klose on 53 minutes. Hanover coach Mirko Slomka was sent to the stands for what referee Thorsten Kinhoefer deemed an inappropriate comment to the fourth official on 65 minutes.
In the other Bundesliga match this evening, Hoffenheim remained ten points from safety and third from bottom, with just four points from their last 11 matches, when they lost 1-0 at home to Stuttgart. Austria striker Martin Harnik hit a third-minute winner for the guests. After five-straight defeats, this was Stuttgart's first win of 2013 and lifts them up to 12th in the table.