bundesliga

Arminia Bielefeld take priceless point from trip to fellow relegation battlers Hertha Berlin

Arminia Bielefeld moved two points clear of the automatic relegation places after holding fellow strugglers Hertha Berlin to a goalless draw in the capital.

Hertha Berlin 0-0 Arminia Bielefeld

Bielefeld were much improved following their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Borussia Mönchengladbach, with defender Joakim Nilsson sending an early header wide from 10 yards. Manuel Prietl fired off a warning shot that whistled just wide of Alexander Schwolow's goal, before Hertha finally tested the visiting defence through Matheus Cunha, whose deflected shot landed in the arms of Stefan Ortega. The chances were coming thick and fast as Andreas Voglsammer pinged wide and Prietl forced a fingertip save from Schwolow. Jhon Cordoba returned fire for Hertha, but the Colombian's strike came back off the upright. Voglsammer and Cordoba traded further half openings to close a tense first half.

There was no let-up after the restart as Schwolow was called on to beat out a powerful Amos Pieper header, before gathering at the second attempt. Hertha lost top scorer Cunha to injury around the hour-mark, but not attacking intent. Javairo Dilrosun was sent on in place of the Brazilian, the former Manchester City youth player flashing an effort across goal from 20 yards soon after his introduction. The Hertha substitute tried his luck once more in the closing stages, but sent his effort straight at Ortega as the contest ended all square. The Old Lady stay 14th, level on 31 points with Werder Bremen and Bielefeld below them, albeit with a midweek trip to relegated Schalke in hand.

Match stats

  • Hertha had more possession, but Bielefeld fired off more goal attempts.
  • Nilsson won a game-leading 86 percent of his attempted challenges.
  • Hertha are winless in four games against promoted clubs so far this season (D2, L2), but are unbeaten in their last 13 meetings with Arminia on home soil, including nine in the Bundesliga.
  • Sven Schipplock is the most substituted player in the Bundesliga this season, with 25 appearances from the Bielefeld bench.
  • The Old Lady have averaged 0.90 points per game across 11 matches since Dardai returned as coach, compared to 0.89 over their previous 18 fixtures of the current season under predecessor Labbadia.
  • Bielefeld have claimed 13 points in 10 matches with Frank Kramer at the helm.

Watch: Stark: "We have to be happy with the point"

Line-ups

Hertha: Schwolow - Klünter, Stark (c), M. Dardai - Zeefuik (Radonjic 46'), Tousart (Boyata 73'), Ascacibar, Mittelstädt (Torunarigha 32') - Cunha (Dilrosun 59') - Cordoba, Piatek (Darida 73')
Unused subs: Körber, Pekarik, Alderete, Löwen
Out: Guendouzi (metatarsal), Jarstein (not included), Khedira (knock), Lukebakio (not included), Netz (foot), Plattenhardt (not included)
Coach: 
Pal Dardai 

Bielefeld: Ortega - Brunner, Pieper, Nilsson, Lucoqui - Okugawa (Kunze 74'), Prietl, Maier (van der Hoorn 90'+3) - Doan (Gebauer 84'), Klos (c) (Schipplock 84'), Voglsammer (Soukou 90'+3)
Unused subs: Linner, Laursen, Vlap, Hartel
Out: de Medina (suspended)
Coach: Frank Kramer