As it stands, Bielefeld are behind third-bottom Dynamo Dresden on goal difference ahead of the latter's Monday evening encounter with 1860 Munich. Karlsruhe meanwhile missed out on the opportunity to pull level on points with fourth-place Kaiserslautern and are now seven points shy of the promotion play-off slot with just five games to go.
Plenty of effort, few chances
With so much at stake for both sides it was a lively encounter from the off, with the charged-up hosts soon gaining a slight optical overhand. Pace and tough tackling aplenty but a dearth of clear-cut scoring opportunities was the story of the first half in a nutshell. KSC keeper Dirk Orlishausen tipped one of the best of them, a curling shot from Philipp Riese, round the post in the ninth minute.
The tempo shifted up a further notch after the interval, with Orlishausen again the busier of the two custodians, saving well from Stephan Salger early on and keeping out a Marc Lorenz free kick inside the final ten minutes. Holding midfielder Dominic Peitz turned out to be Karlsruhe's number one scoring threat on the day with three second-half efforts, none of which succeeded in breaking the stalemate.
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