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SC Freiburg held by Frankfurt; Hamburg derby is postponed


SC Freiburg’s Yacine Abdessadki, left, vies for the ball with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Benjamin Koehler during their Bundesliga match in Freiburg, Germany, on Sunday.

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No goals were scored in the Bundesliga on Sunday when SC Freiburg drew 0-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt and the derby between Hamburg SV and St Pauli was called off.

Freiburg’s Papiss Demba Cisse and Frankfurt’s Fanis Gekas, the league’s second and third-highest goalscorers respectively, both missed chances to add to their goal tallies this season.

Freiburg remain unbeaten in seven games and are sixth in the standings, 17 points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. Frankfurt are 10th.

Patrick Ochs had the game’s first chance in the 22nd minute when the Frankfurt captain’s volley was deflected for a corner by Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

“Maybe we could have won, but at least we created chances,” Ochs said. “We played with aggression and passion.”

Gekas was set free by a hopeful ball forward in the 39th minute when he could have shot on goal. Instead he passed to Caio, who failed to control the ball and the chance was lost.

Ochs should have scored before the interval when he had plenty of time and space, but he clipped Sebastian Jung’s perfect cross over the crossbar from 10m.

Freiburg improved after the break, with Cedric Makiadi finally sparking the home fans into life when his long-range effort went narrowly over in the 57th minute.

Gekas was unable to direct his header under the bar after a wonderful long cross from Georgios Tzavellas in the 64th minute.

Cisse missed at the other end minutes later, when his header from Felix Bastians’ free-kick was narrowly wide of the right post.

Baumann’s fingertips deflected a looping Maik Franz effort onto the crossbar and out for a corner. Franz tried to rouse his teammates for the last 10 minutes, but neither side could find a winner.

“It’s OK, but I’d rather have the win,” Franz said.

“We can live with a point. When you look at the 90 minutes, it was a fair draw,” Makiadi said.

The Hamburg derby was called off on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.

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