Neither Freiburg nor Hamburg were able to find the win they were so desperately after in the Bundesliga Matchday 14 opener, with the two struggling clubs settling for a 0-0 draw on Friday evening.
Freiburg 0-0 Hamburg
Following their shock 3-0 win over Hoffenheim last week, Hamburg started brightly and pressed their hosts high up the pitch in an effort to establish early superiority. However, Freiburg created more openings in the first 45 minutes, with Nils Petersen and Christian Günter going close from tight angles. Jann-Fiete Arp had the best opportunity for Hamburg after intercepting a back pass, but his attempted lob from out wide missed the target.
Yoric Ravet had the ball in the back of the net early in the second period with a crisp finish, but his effort was chalked off for offside. It remained a tense affair, with both sets of players aware of how a victory - and indeed a defeat - could affect their side, and while there were numerous full-blooded challenges in the middle of the pitch, the necessary guile in the final third was invariably lacking.
- Freiburg had more shots before half-time (12) than they have had a single half this season.Hamburg winger Filip Kostic made his 100th Bundesliga appearances in this game. This was the first time this season that a Bundesliga Friday-night fixture has not produced at least two goals. This was the sixth 0-0 draw in Freiburg between these two teams. Eleven of Freiburg’s 12 points this season have come at home, with just one loss at the Schwarzwald Stadion.Hamburg won their first away game of the season in Cologne, but have not won on the road since.Petersen had a hand in all three goals against Hamburg last season.Hamburg have won just one of their last ten against Freiburg (3-0 in October 2013).
Freiburg: Schwolow – Söyüncü, Koch, Schuster (c) – Stenzel, Haberer, Höfler, Terrazzino (Kath 70'), Günter – Petersen, Ravet (Kleindienst 79')
Substitutes: Gikiewicz, Lienhart, Kent, Kübler, Stanko, Kleindienst, Kath
Absentees: Frantz (knee), Kempf (thigh), Gulde (back), Niederlechner (knee), Abrashi (ankle)
Coach: Christian Streich
Hamburg: Mathenia – Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Mavraj, Douglas Santos – Hunt (Walace 70'), Jung, Sakai (c), Kostic – Wood (Hahn 87'), Arp (Schipplock 90+2')
Substitutes: Hahn, Schipplock, Ito, Pollersbeck, Walace, van Drongelen, Janjicic
Absentees: Müller (knee ligament), Salihovic (gastoenteritis), Ekdal (match fitness)
Coach: Markus Gisdol