- Mainz now without a win in their last four games.
- Hamburg not yet completely clear of relegation trouble.
- Hosts still on course for a European place despite recent slump.
1. FSV Mainz's poor run of recent form continued as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Hamburger SV on Saturday.
Mainz's form has suffered of late, and it showed as they toiled in the afternoon sun. Karim Onisiwo might have done better than waft an early shot over Jaroslav Drobny's crossbar, and the Czech goalkeeper should have been tested when Jhon Cordoba showed prodigious strength to hold off Emir Spahic and swivel goalwards - but the Colombian skewed his shot wide. Onisiwo did draw a fine save from Drobny just after the half-hour mark with a low drive while Loris Karius was called into action by a Johan Djourou header the Mainz 'keeper did brilliantly well to palm to safety.
Sven Schipplock did well to shake off Niko Bungert and bear down on goal, but Karius edged forward before turning away the HSV forward's effort with razor-sharp reflexes and deny the visitors the lead early in the second half. Fabian Frei fizzed a shot goalwards that Drobny tipped over as the two goalkeepers traded saves before the Czech excelled himself with a full-length flying stop to his left to frustrate Danny Latza. Cordoba fired over wastefully from close range after the Hamburg defence failed to clear a cross into the box as Bruno Labbadia's men clung on for a point.
Man of the match
The goalkeepers stood out in a keenly-contested game, but Karius just shaded it, with his point-saving stops from Djourou and especially Schipplock the key to Mainz not losing.
While Mainz look certain to book a spot in the UEFA Europa League qualifying play-offs, 11th-placed Hamburg are not yet certain of Bundesliga survival and still need two more points to ensure their safety.
- Mainz have not won in eight games, though they did avoid a third successive defeat, which would have been a first under Martin Schmidt
- Hamburg now have 38 points, three more than they managed in the whole of last season.
Mainz: Karius - Brosinski, Bell, Bungert (c), Donati - Frei, Serdar (Latza 60') - De Blasis (Malli 69'), Samperio (Clemens 87'), Cordoba, Onisiwo
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Hamburg: Drobny - G. Sakai, Djourou (c), Spahic, Ostrzolek - Kacar, Holtby - Ilicevic (Cleber 89'), Hunt, Bahoui (Diekmeier 76') - Schipplock (Rudnevs 69')
Coach: Bruno Labbadia