There was no separating Frankfurt and Hamburger SV as they played to a goalless draw in a closely contested Bundesliga clash at Commerzbank Arena on Friday night.
- Frankfurt 0 Hamburger SV 0
- Hamburger SV dominate first-half proceedings
- Hosts produce improved performance after the break
- Hamburger SV keep Frankfurt at bay to claim a point
In what was a game of two halves, Hamburger SV had the lion’s share of chance in the first half, but failed to make them count as the first stanza ended in stalemate.
Frankfurt gave a better account of themselves in the second half but could not find the all-important breakthrough as Hamburger SV held firm to claim a share of the points.
The first half saw both sides produce several good goal-scoring opportunities, although a lack of cutting edge in front of goal meant the first half would end goalless.
The first chance of the game arrived on 10 minutes, but Emir Spahic was unable to capitalise on the chance as his header from the centre of the box flew just over the crossbar.
Frankfurt hit back with two chances of their own shortly thereafter, with Marc Stendera seeing his goal-bound effort saved by goalkeeper Rene Adler, before Makoto Hasebe fired inches wide of the left-hand post.
It was Hamburger SV who ended the first half on the front foot, however, as Artjoms Rudnevs saw his 25th minute effort kept out, while shots from Matthias Ostrzolek, Gotoku Sakai and Nicolai Müller failed to hit the target.
While the visitors had looked the stronger side in the first half, it was Frankfurt who looked more likely to find the breakthrough after the break.
Hamburger SV created just two chances, which both came early in the half, with Artjoms Rudnevs and Ostrzolek both firing wide of the left-hand post.
For Frankfurt, meanwhile, Hasebe shot wide of the right-hand post early on, before Stefan Aigner saw his 72nd-minute effort kept out by Adler.
They created two more chances of note, but could not find the killer touch in front of goal as efforts from Aigner and Marco Russ failed to find the mark.