Hamburg and Mainz draw while Freiburg win

It was honours even in the Bundesliga six-pointer between Hamburger SV and 1. FSV Mainz 05 as the match at the Volksparkstadion ended goalless.

In the day’s only other top-flight match, Freiburg defeated FC Schalke 04 2-0.

Hamburg made the brighter start of the two sides in the first of just two Bundesliga games on Sunday.

But it was the visitors who went close to opening the scoring on just seven minutes as Jhon Cordoba drew a fine save from Christian Mathenia before the Mainz keeper got to the rebound just ahead of Yoshinori Muto.

There was little in the way of goalmouth action through much of the rest of the first half, with Lewis Holtby doing his best to keep Hamburg ticking over.

The hosts were denied a penalty on 39 minutes as Aron Hunt went down easily in the box before Mathenia expertly denied Cordoba at the other end, as he powered in a stunning drive.

Hamburg were dominant in the opening exchanges of the second half and Mergim Mavraj saw a 52nd minute header go just over the bar from a well-hit corner.

Cordoba had a couple of testing efforts from range while Mainz missed a glorious chance to claim all three points as substitute Jairo had a 70th minute shot blocked, when he had options to pass.

Mainz were looking the more likely to score, but Jairo Samperio could only draw a reaction save from Mathenia, following his first-time effort.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin was unable to direct a late free-kick on target before heading over at the back post from a Pablo De Blasis delivery.

Both sides ultimately had to settle for a point, leaving Hamburg in 16th on 34 points and Mainz in 15th, also on 34 points.

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In the day’s other Bundesliga clash, Freiburg defeated Schalke 2-0 with both goals coming from Florian Niederlechner, with his first arriving on 22 minutes, before slotting home a 31st minute penalty.

The victors moved up from eighth to fifth, on 47 points, with Schalke remaining in 10th, with 41 points.

It was an exciting, open start to this tie at the Schwarzwald-Stadion with the visitors edging the possession while at the same time being kept in check by the Freiburg defence.

But it was the hosts who would break the deadlock as Niederlechner raced through on goal before beating Fährmann from a tight angle.

Maximilian Philipp was then fouled in the box by Sead Kolasinac, and Niederlechner made no mistake from the spot.

Fährmann expertly denied Philipp as he got onto the end of a good Niederlechner’s cross before the keeper made a good save to deny Janik Haberer on the hour mark.

Alexander Schwolow then denied Leon Goretzka from 25 yards before Nils Petersen looked to latch onto a Christian Günter delivery from the right, but he failed to find the target.

Fährmann kept out Petersen after a defensive error from Benedikt Höwedes for what proved the last real chance of this tie.

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