Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin play out 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga
Berlin, March 7 (IANS) Last positioned VfB Stuttgart were held to a goalless draw by passive Hertha Berlin SC in the curtain raiser of the 24th round of the Bundesliga.
Stuttgart continue to wait for their first win since September 2014 as ten-man Berlin snatched one point on the road on Friday. The hosts dominated the game for most of the time, reports Xinhua. However, they failed to turn their few chances into a tangible reward.
The "Swabians" worked out the first noteworthy chance of the game when Timo Werner squandered a square pass from a promising position in the sixth minute. Berlin defended deep; as a result, they had to wait for their first opportunity until the 26th minute when Valentin Stocker's effort was saved by Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.
Stuttgart controlled the proceedings on the pitch, but they remained wasteful in their finishing, as Daniel Ginczek pulled just wide with only Berlin goalkeeper Thomas Kraft to beat after the restart.
Berlin's offense remained harmless, but they nearly caught the hosts flatfooted when Nico Schulz missed the target after a one-on-one with goalie Ulreich in the closing minutes of the period. Schulz was again in the thick of things moments later when he got his second yellow card.
With their eighth draw of the season, Stuttgart stayed at the bottom of the Bundesliga standings while 14th-placed Berlin remained in touching distance of the drop zone.
"It is a pity that we shared the spoils after such a dominant performance as Berlin only defended deep in their own territory. Nevertheless, we failed to overcome their bulwark," Stuttgart sporting director Robin Dutt said.
"I am satisfied with the draw. My team showed discipline and commitment," Berlin coach Pal Dardai said.