April 7, 2013
Hannover 96 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
#INSERT type:image caption: Sebastien Pocognoli battles Gotoku Sakai during the goalless Bundesliga draw END#Hannover failed to make up ground on the top six of the Bundesliga after being held to a goalless draw at home to Stuttgart.
Chances were rare between two sides who reached the knockout stages of the Europa League this season and are both keen to return next.
While Stuttgart's chances of qualifying look slim with a nine-point gap to close on sixth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, they do still have a DFB-Pokal semi-final with Freiburg to come in 10 days' time.
Hannover, on the other hand, need to start picking up points away from home after confirming once again their strength at the Niedersachsenstadion, where they have lost only once all season.
Stuttgart repeated the destructive tactics which infuriated Borussia Dortmund a week ago, and which have also been the subject of murmurings of discontent from their own fans.
They prevented Hannover from building up any momentum, albeit without showing any initiative going forwards themselves until about half an hour in, when they started to attack a little more.
Arthur Boka was proving to be a creative outlet down the left as he got forwards regularly, but his long diagonal ball was just too far in front of Shinji Okazaki.
Early in the second half, Okazaki saw his shot saved by Ron Robert Zieler as Stuttgart started to gain more courage and throw caution to the wind.
Alexandru Maxim decided to have a go from 30 yards with the ball landing on the roof of the net in the 77th minute as the visitors appeared more likely to score than their hosts.
Didier Ya Konan led Hannover's response with a hat-trick of efforts which all missed the target, but it was Stuttgart who ended the game on the attack, albeit unable to find a winner.
|Hannover 96||VfB Stuttgart|
|Hannover 96||VfB Stuttgart|
|1 Ron-Robert Zieler||1 Sven Ulreich|
|19 Christian Schulz||24 Antonio Rüdiger|
|17 Johan Djourou||5 Serdar Tasci|
|18 Sébastien Pocognoli||21 Christian Molinaro|
|6 Steve Cherundolo||2 Gotoku Sakai|
|7 Sergio Pinto||44 Alexandru Maxim|
|15 Andre Hoffmann||15 Arthur Boka|
|34 Konstantin Rausch||20 Christian Gentner|
|4 Hiroki Sakai||9 Vedad Ibisevic|
|39 Mame Biram Diouf||16 Ibrahima Traore|
|11 Didier Ya Konan||31 Shinji Okazaki|
|3 Karim Haggui||Marc Ziegler 22|
|23 Sofian Chahed||William Kvist 4|
|13 Jan Schlaudraff||Tamas Hajnal 30|
|24 Christian Pander||Felipe Lopes Aliste 3|
|14 Markus Miller||Federico Macheda 14|
|8 Manuel Schmiedebach||Benedikt Röcker 12|
|25 Mohammed Abdellaoue||Raphael Holzhauser 26|
|Karim Haggui for Johan Djourou (51)||William Kvist for Shinji Okazaki (67)|
|Mohammed Abdellaoue for Hiroki Sakai (62)||Federico Macheda for Ibrahima Traore (79)|
|Jan Schlaudraff for Sergio Pinto (78)|
|· Squads: Hannover 96 | VfB Stuttgart|