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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Andrej Kramaric (16', 50', 86')
  • Kenan Karaman (24')

Andrej Kramaric hat trick lifts Hoffenheim into top four

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Andrej Kramaric scored a brilliant hat trick as Hoffenheim moved into the Champions League places with a 3-1 victory over Hannover.

Julian Nagelsmann's team won a third straight Bundesliga game to move into the top four ahead of Bayer Leverkusen, who can regain fourth spot with a victory over Stuttgart on Saturday.

It was Croatian Kramaric who opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Salif Sane's woeful back-pass was seized upon by Serge Gnabry, allowing him to present Kramaric with a tap-in.

The visitors replied soon after, though, as ex-Hoffenheim midfielder Pirmin Schwegler squared for Kenan Karaman to level.

Ex-Leicester striker Kramaric restored Hoffenheim's lead after the break, having been left all alone to drive home an unstoppable right-footed volley direct from Kerem Demirbay's corner.

And Kramaric wrapped up the victory four minutes from time by collecting a long clearance on his chest and lifting over goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner from 25 yards out after the keeper had been caught off his line.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 25 +47 55
2 Borussia Dortmund 25 +35 51
3 RB Leipzig 25 +36 50
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 25 +19 49
5 Bayer Leverkusen 25 +15 47
6 Schalke 04 25 -3 37
7 VfL Wolfsburg 25 +4 36
8 SC Freiburg 25 -1 36
9 TSG Hoffenheim 25 -8 35
10 FC Cologne 25 -6 32
11 FC Union Berlin 25 -9 30
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 24 -3 28
13 Hertha Berlin 25 -16 28
14 FC Augsburg 25 -16 27
15 Mainz 25 -19 26
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 25 -23 22
17 Werder Bremen 24 -28 18
18 SC Paderborn 07 25 -24 16