MAINZ, November 18 (Bundesliga) - Mainz and Hamburg battled out a goalless draw on Saturday with the point apiece not enough to ease the pressure on either manager.
In a match between two of the Bundesliga's bottom three teams, neither was able to find the cutting edge necessary to break the deadlock.
The hosts had the first half-chance of the game when Mimoun Azaouagh shot over from distance after nine minutes.
The next opportunity was much more clear-cut and fell at the other end just before the half-hour mark.
Rafael van der Vaart, on target for Holland in the midweek friendly against England, was the beneficiary of a poor pass from Milorad Pekovic, and found himself one-on-one with Mainz goalkeeper keeper Dimo Wache.
But the Dutchman could only slot the ball just wide of the right-hand post.
Mainz almost made their visitors pay two minutes later.
Christian Demirtas' cross from the right wing found Markus Feulner, who fired directly at Hamburg keeper Stefan Wachter. He could only punch the ball away and Imre Szabics pounced with a scissors-kick which flew just off-target.
Hamburg had the final chance of the half after a move started by Joris Mathijsen's long ball.
Mathijsen's punt found Boubacar Sanogo via the head of Danijel Ljuboja, but Sanogo's shot from the edge of the area was dealt with by Wache.
Both sides were understandably lacking in confidence due to their lowly positions, and relied on mistakes of others to a large extent.
Szabics was presented with another opportunity for the home side six minutes after the interval, but hit his effort over the bar from close range following a corner.
Pekovic was next to try his luck from Christoph Babatz's pass on the counter-attack, but he could not find the target either.
It was not all one-way traffic, though, with Wache called into action to prevent Besart Berisha, on in place of Ljuboja, sliding a shot home after Piotr Trochowski's pass.
Feulner almost stunned Wachter with seven minutes to go, but the Hamburg stopper managed to scramble the ball away for a corner.
Wachter was beaten two minutes later by Nikolce Noveski's header, but Mathijsen saved the day with a goal-line clearance for the visitors.
The hosts continued to press right until the final whistle, but had to settle for a point after Germany international Manuel Friedrich saw his last-minute header saved by Wachter.