HAMBURG, October 28 (Bundesliga) - Struggling Hamburg are still searching for their first home victory of the season after grinding out a goalless draw against Hannover at the AOL Arena.
Both sides went close to stealing the win in a lively encounter that leaves Hamburg in 15th position and Hannover a further two points behind in 16th place.
The home side started brightest and in the 12th minute Rafael Van der Vaart fired over the crossbar after Boubacar Sanogo's cross.
The two teams then both failed to create any clear-cut chances in a nervy and scrappy passage of play, before Szabolcs Huszti's long range drive forced an excellent save from Hamburg goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein in the 34th minute.
Four minutes after the interval Hamburg again came close to breaking the deadlock when Jose Paolo Guerrero's shot from inside the penalty area was saved by Hannover goalkeeper Robert Enke.
And only a minute later Enke was again forced into action when he produced another save to deny Vincent Kompany.
Hamburg, who appeared to have one eye on their midweek Champions League clash with Porto, failed to take advantage of their dominance as the game headed towards a goalless draw.
But the away side - who have now gone five matches without a victory - then missed a glorious chance in the 81st minute to steal all three points when Jiri Stajner fired straight at Kirschstein from 10 yards out.
Hamburg now face a trip to Wolfsburg, while Hannover entertain basement club VFL Bochum next weekend.