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Harnik earns the points for Stuttgart

Sunday 17 February 2013 19.55 CET
Martin Harnik (left) celebrates scoring Stuttgart's winner

VfB Stuttgart were the only winners in the Bundesliga on Sunday as an early Martin Harnik header earned them a 1-0 success against relegation-threatened TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The Austrian forward powered Ibrahima Traoré's cross in off the crossbar just three minutes into the encounter to help move the Roten up to 12th place. They still needed goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to deny Eren Derdiyok late on, however, while Tobias Weis and Takashi Usami both shot off-target for Hoffenheim, who remain 16th, ten points from safety.

In Sunday's other game, Sebastian Polter's added-time equaliser rescued a 2-2 draw for 1. FC Nürnberg against Hannover 96. The 21-year-old fired in from close range in the 92nd minute to make it three games unbeaten for the hosts, who sit in 14th. Earlier, Szabolcs Huszti had put Hannover ahead, before Timm Klose headed Nürnberg's first equaliser. Didier Ya Konan then restored the lead for the visitors on 68 minutes, but they could not hold on to join seventh-placed 1. FSV Mainz 05 on 32 points.

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