Hertha BSC Berlin were indebted to goalkeeper Christian Fiedler as they left Gelsenkirchen with a point following a 0-0 draw with FC Schalke 04 in the 1. Bundesliga on Sunday.
Fiedler made a handful of fine saves to keep his side two points above Schalke in the Bundesliga table, denying Sven Vermant after 26 minutes and Jörg Böhme four minutes from time.
Sand goes close
Schalke also went close through Ebbe Sand, who fired wide from ten metres after Gerald Asamoah and Nico van Kerckhoven had combined to set him up. Hertha had a couple of opportunities to take all three points but appeared content with a draw. Marcelinho flashed a shot just off target, while Rob Maas saw a long-range effort fly narrowly past the post.
Köln and Freiburg draw
1. FC Köln failed to convert any of the numerous chances that would have given them maximum points against SC Freiburg as Sunday's other match also finished in a goalless draw in Freiburg.
The visitors were the better of the two teams throughout the game, but their strikers squandered several good openings. Freiburg's hopes of burying their UEFA Cup disappointment - a 3-2 third round defeat by Feyenoord - fell flat as they were quickly forced on the back foot.
Golz the saviour
With only two minutes gone, a risky back-pass from Freiburg defender Boubacar Diarra needed goalkeeper Richard Golz to be alert to race off his line and deny the on-rushing Markus Kurth. Golz was also on hand in the 16th minute to save from Dirk Lottner's shot from just outside the area.
Köln, third from bottom of the table, continued to surge forward after the break with Lottner wasting another good chance in the 56th minute, his weak shot easily saved by Golz. Marc Zellweger had an opening 12 minutes from the end, only to blaze over from the edge of the area.
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