Darmstadt and 1. FC Köln could not be separated on Friday evening as they played out to a goalless draw at the Merck-Stadion am Bollenfalltor.
Darmstadt 0 1. FC Köln 0
Plenty of chances in Hesse
Only three shots on target
Mathenia denies Vogt and Lehmann
Horn prevents Kempe from scoring
Both teams created plenty of chances in Hesse, but neither goalkeeper was tested much as there were only three shots on target in the entire match.
The stalemate extended the Lilies' winless streak in the Bundesliga to four matches as they remained 13th in the standings, while the ninth-placed Billy Goats are now unbeaten in their last four outings.
There was a flurry of chances both at the start and the end of the first half, but the two teams were largely guilty of wastefulness.
Sandro Wagner was the chief culprit for the hosts as he failed to test the goalkeeper on four occasions, while Anthony Modeste spurned two opportunities for Peter Stoger's side before the break.
Kevin Vogt went close for the visitors early on when he connected with Jonas Hector's cross, but his header was saved by Darmstadt keeper Christian Mathenia on seven minutes.
Mathenia was called into action again on 24 minutes to keep out Matthias Lehmann, who had lined up a shot from outside the area after receiving the ball from Yannick Gerhardt.
It was goalless at the interval and the pattern remained the same in the second half, with just one solitary shot on target.
That came on 73 minutes when Tobias Kempe forced a save out of Timo Horn with his shot from inside the box on the left.
Milos Jojic should have done better with his attempt three minutes later, which flew over the crossbar from a good position inside the 18-yard area.
Wagner had a chance to steal all three points at the death, but his strike from outside the box failed to trouble Horn in the visiting goal with four minutes remaining.