Freiburg goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow produced an inspired performance as Christian Streich’s side held Hertha Berlin to a goalless draw in the capital.
Hertha 0-0 Freiburg
The Old Lady had gone three league games without scoring prior to Saturday’s clash at the Olympiastadion, but the hosts could have been out of sight at half-time had it not been for Schwolow. The 25-year-old did well to save Valentino Lazaro’s powerful shot before tipping Mitchell Weiser’s curling effort around the post not long afterwards. Schwolow then produced an outstanding one-handed save to deny Vedad Ibisevic, getting down low to his right to prevent the former Bosnia international’s strike from trickling over the line.
Freiburg barely threatened in the opening 45 minutes but Streich’s charges nearly took the lead in spectacular fashion within minutes of the restart, Christian Günter’s long-range drive whistling narrowly over Rune Jarstein’s crossbar. Pal Dardai threw on Ondrej Duda and Davie Selke just before the hour mark in an attempt to inject more firepower into his side, but clear-cut chances remained few and far between. The Black Forest club held on comfortably in the end, claiming a deserved point which lifts them five clear of the Bundesliga's relegation play-off position. Hertha, meanwhile, climb above Hannover into 11th spot.
- Schwolow kept his eighth clean sheet of the season in the capital, making four saves in total.Dardai made his 109th Bundesliga appearance as Hertha head coach, levelling Falko Götz in the all-time stakes.Hertha have failed to score in the Bundesliga since Matchday 22, when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 at the BayArena.The hosts enjoyed nine attempts at goal in the first 45 minutes, but only three after half-time.
Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Maier (Darida 66'), Lustenberger - Weiser, Lazaro, Kalou (Duda 59') - Ibisevic (c) (Selke 59')
Unused subs: Kraft, Skjelbred, Leckie, Mittelstädt
Absentees: Kade (ankle), Schieber (muscular), Palko Dardai (hamstring)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Freiburg: Schwolow - Kübler, Gulde, Söyüncü, Günter - Koch, Abrashi (Höfler 29') - Höler (Kath 68'), Haberer - Kleindienst (Kempf 90'), Petersen (c)
Unused subs: Gikiewicz, Lienhart, Stenzel, Terrazzino
Absentees: Niederlechner (knee)
Coach: Christian Streich