HAMBURG, December 9 (Bundesliga) - The pressure continues to mount on Hamburg coach Thomas Doll as his side still struggle to get their season off the ground following a disappointing draw with mid-table Nurnberg.
Despite a midweek Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow - only their second win in 24 competitive matches - Hamburg's domestic troubles refuse to go away with a point at their AOL Arena not enough to lift them out of the bottom two.
The home side were not without their chances however, and Besart Berisha's 14-yard drive was kept out by a good save from Nurnberg goalkeeper Raphael Schafer after 13 minutes.
Nurnberg came back fighting, but Markus Schroth could only direct Dominik Reinhardt's cross past the left post while Ivan Saenko was denied the opener in the 27th minute when his powerful shot was tipped over the Hamburg bar by Stefan Wachter.
Both keepers found themselves tested to the full and Schafer responded to a 25-yard free-kick from David Jarolim with an agile diving save.
And the Nurnberg custodian was again on hand to keep the scores level three minutes after the break, pawing Danijel Ljuboja's volley around the post.
Hamburg continued to push for a much-needed goal and Bastian Reinhardt should have done better when he flashed his 13-yard drive wide of the upright.
And Ljuboja was also guilty of a glaring miss in the 72nd minute, when he blasted Jarolim's neat through-ball high and wide from close range.
With their only league success coming in October against Bayer Leverkusen, luck has been in short supply for Hamburg in recent months.
But fortune was at least in the hosts' favour in the dying minutes when Wachter made a stunning save to deny Ivica Banovic and ensure a share of the spoils for his side.