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.
1. FSV Mainz 05 0-0 Hamburger SV
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.