Bayern six off the pace after Hannover defeat

November 8, 2006

BERLIN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Hanover 96 handed Bayern Munich a shock 1-0 defeat at their own Allianz Arena on Wednesday, leaving the Bundesliga champions six points behind leaders Werder Bremen.

Hanover, who went into the match in last place, took the lead at the end of the first half when a mistake from Martin Demichelis presented Szabolcs Huszti with a soft goal.

Bayern, missing key players such as Lucio, Owen Hargreaves and Lukas Podolski, created little and were roundly jeered by their own fans as they suffered a fourth league defeat of the season and their first at home.

With 11 games played, Werder lead the standings with 23 points following their 2-1 win at Nuremberg on Tuesday.

VfB Stuttgart, who won 2-0 at home to Hamburg SV on Tuesday, are second on 21 points.

Schalke moved up to third on 20 points after winning 2-0 away to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday.

Bayern, double winners in each of the past two seasons, have 17 points and lie in fifth place.

Hanover's victory moved them up to 15th place with 10 points and pushed Hamburg SV into the relegation zone.