German Bundesliga Roundup, Apr. 16
Hannover was left vulnerable to losing third place in the Bundesliga after being held to 0-0 at Hamburger SV on Saturday.
"We want (to play) in the Champions League," Hannover midfielder Sergio Pinto said. "We're now two points clear and have to wait for the Bayern game."
Elsewhere, halftime substitute Edu equalized for Champions League semifinalists Schalke in a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen, Nuremberg won 2-0 at Kaiserslautern, Roberto Firmino scored the winner as Hoffenheim beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 at home, and Stuttgart brought Cologne's seven-game winning streak at home to an end with a 3-1 win.
Wolfsburg and St. Pauli drew 2-2 in a match between relegation candidates.
Hannover made the better start at Hamburg. Didier Ya Konan headed a cross from Steven Cherundolo over the bar in the 8th minute, and Hamburg defender Dennis Diekmeier cleared off the line from Konstantin Rausch in the 15th.
Rausch dragged a shot narrowly wide in the second half, and Mladen Petric's attempted lob drifted to the right for Hamburg.
"We kept the game open and could have won with a bit of luck," Hannover sports director Joerg Schmadtke said. "On the other hand, there was always the danger of conceding a goal. 0-0 is OK, but of course we'd rather have won."
Schalke, which plays Manchester United in the Champions League semifinals, dropped to 10th.
Sandro Wagner opened the scoring for Bremen in the 59th, when he followed up his poorly taken penalty - saved by Manuel Neuer after Benedikt Hoewedes fouled Claudio Pizarro - to knock in the rebound.
Edu equalized four minutes later, when Atsuto Uchida set up the Brazilian striker to power a header past Tim Wiese.
Bremen was unbeaten in seven games, although it hasn't won at home in six.
Nuremberg won 2-0 at Kaiserslautern thanks to goals from Christian Eigler and substitute Robert Mak, but the game was held up for a few minutes in the second half after a plastic beer cup was thrown at Nuremberg's Mehmet Ekici when he attempted to take a corner.
Christian Traesch opened the scoring for Stuttgart in the 51st, and almost scored a minute later, but Martin Harnik netted from the resulting corner. Geromel was unlucky to concede a penalty for an apparent handball, which Zdravko Kuzmanovic converted in the 63rd for 3-0.
The win eased Stuttgart's relegation fears somewhat, while dragging Cologne into danger.
"The situation is extremely stressful and difficult, but we have shown how strong our nerves are," Harnik said.
Cologne coach Frank Schaefer said: "We invested too little in all areas (of the pitch) today. We cannot survive like that in a relegation battle."
Jan Polak's late equalizer helped Wolfsburg draw 2-2 with fellow relegation candidate St. Pauli.
Goals from Deniz Naki and Matthias Lehmann looked like giving St. Pauli a crucial win, after Mario Mandzukic's opener, but Polak outjumped the defense to meet Ja-Cheol Koo's corner in the last minute to leave both sides level on points in the relegation zone.
"We had a bit of luck," Polak said.
Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath was still waiting for his first win after four games back at the club he led to the 2009 Bundesliga title.
"I'm happy we managed to get a point," Magath said.
His counterpart, Holger Stanislawski, wasn't.
"It feels like a loss," said Stanislawski, who announced this week his season-end departure from St. Pauli after 18 years.