March 16, 2013
TSG Hoffenheim 0-0 Mainz
Hoffenheim's Bundesliga future is looking bleaker after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Mainz.
With Augsburg beating Hamburg, a point for Hoffenheim leaves them four points behind the Bavarians, who occupy the relegation play-off berth, and nine points adrift of safety with only seven games to go.
Mainz move up to sixth in the table, taking advantage of Hamburg's defeat.
Mainz could have taken the lead in the 17th minute when Nikolce Noveski headed against the post from Alexander Ivanschitz's free-kick.
The home side gave no impression that they were a side fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table and desperately in need of points with very few attacks - and even fewer openings.
The closest they came to testing Christian Wetklo in the Mainz goal was in the 26th minute, but Kevin Volland's shot was deflected off target by Noveski, who repeated the feat to deny the same Hoffenheim player early in the second half.
A mistake by Noveski allowed Joselu to bear down on Wetklo, but he lacked support as the chance went begging.
Mainz seemed happy enough with a point and prevented Hoffenheim from creating any real danger.
They then broke almost to steal all three points with Zdenek Pospech's shot grazing the outside of the post on its way wide as the game remained goalless.
Hoffenheim coach Marco Kurz went all out attack in the last 10 minutes with Igor de Camargo brought on, but he could not alter the scoreline.
|34 Gomes||29 Christian Wetklo|
|29 Janick Vestergaard||4 Nikolce Noveski|
|12 David Angel Abraham||2 Bo Svensson|
|2 Andreas Beck||3 Zdenek Pospech|
|21 Patrick Ochs||16 Stefan Bell|
|13 Daniel Williams||28 Adám Szalai|
|17 Tobias Weis||7 Niki Zimling|
|22 Roberto Firmino||14 Julian Baumgartlinger|
|40 Stephan Schröck||31 Shawn Parker|
|18 Joselu||25 Andreas Ivanschitz|
|31 Kevin Volland||27 Nicolai Müller|
|10 Igor De Camargo||Chinedu Ede 17|
|42 Eugen Polanski||Maxim Choupo-Moting 10|
|15 Matthieu Delpierre||Marcel Risse 23|
|9 Sven Schipplock||Heinz Müller 33|
|19 Jens Grahl||Yunus Malli 11|
|33 Takashi Usami||Benedikt Saller 5|
|4 Stefan Thesker|
|Takashi Usami for Stephan Schröck (60)||Chinedu Ede for Andreas Ivanschitz (63)|
|Eugen Polanski for Tobias Weis (77)||Yunus Malli for Niki Zimling (77)|
|Igor De Camargo for Kevin Volland (83)||Maxim Choupo-Moting for Adám Szalai (84)|
|Patrick Ochs (48)||Christian Wetklo (61)|
|Janick Vestergaard (73)|
|· Squads: TSG Hoffenheim | Mainz|