Hanover - Hannover 96's match with VfB Stuttgart on Friday evening may not have been one for the football purists, but the goalless draw at the HDI Arena edges both teams closer to Bundsliga survival.

bundesliga.com rounds up the key players' post-match reaction after the Matchday 32 opener...

VfB Stuttgart


Daniel Didavi: The most important thing for us was keeping a clean sheet. We're happy with the point and it's important we didn't lose. Of course we could have done with the win, but every point counts when you're in a relegation battle. We've got two matches left, including a home game next week, but let's first see what the other teams at the bottom can do [this weekend].

Christian Gentner: We'll see what happens tomorrow. Under normal circumstances, a point in Hannover isn't a bad result. I thought we defended well and put in a solid performance, which will give us confidence for the remaining fixtures.

Hannover 96


Ron-Robert Zieler: We didn't play as well as we could, but we defended resolutely and a point isn't a bad result in our current situation. We'd rather play poorly and draw 0-0 than play great football and lose, and we're another point closer to securing our Bundesliga status.

Jan Schlaudraff: I think both teams defended very well. We knew a point could be a very good result for us. It maybe wasn't the best game for the fans, but it was a very important point for us as well as for VfB. Lars [Stindl] could have won it for the us at the end, but a draw is a fair result.

Christian Schulz: Our passing and movement wasn't good enough today, but we were strong at the back and have to be satisfied with a draw.

Christian Gentner fails in his attempts to aid Martin Harnik after Stuttgart frontman dislocates shoulder during Hannover draw

Relive Christian Gentner's fail to aid Martin Harnik after his Stuttgart team-mate dislocated his shoulder in Hannover, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: