There was no separating two of the Bundesliga's most in-form teams, as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim extended their unbeaten start to the season in a 0-0 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday evening.
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Sent off: Chandler (82')
Level on points going into this game, the first half was a fiercely contested affair with both sides determined to earn a win that would cement their place in fourth in the standings. Hoffenheim enjoyed more possession but Frankfurt had the better chances, with Alex Meier and Mascarell drawing fine saves from visiting goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. Hoffenheim did have the ball in the net just before the interval but Benjamin Hübner's header from a free-kick was ruled out for offside.
The second half was equally intense and there were countless full-blooded tackles in midfield as the teams sought to impose themselves. While that made for an entertaining spectacle, there were few real goalscoring opportunities at either end. Momentum swung Hoffenheim's way late on when Frankfurt's Timothy Chandler was sent off, but the visitors were unable to make the most of it as the match ultimately ended goalless.
The draw means Hoffenheim remain unbeaten in the league this season and stay ahead of Frankfurt in the table on goal difference alone.
- Frankfurt's starting XI had an average age of 28, their oldest of the season so far.Haris Seferovic was in the Frankfurt starting line-up for the first time since 1 October 2016.Hoffenheim duo Hübner and Lukas Rupp each won more tackles (18) than anyone else on the pitch.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Chandler, Abraham, Vallejo, Oczipka - Mascarell, Hasebe – Huszti (Hector 85'), Meier (c), Fabian (Gacinovic 90+3'), Seferovic (Rebic 61')
Coach: Niko Kovac
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, Hübner - Polanski (c) (Schwegler 84') – Kaderabek (Zuber 73'), Rupp, Toljan – Kramaric (Uth 60'), Wagner, Amiri
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann