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Rhein-Neckar Arena (ATT 30,150) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Meyer

Hoffenheim Hoffenheim vs Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt

Hoffenheim 0

A Modeste (S/O 85)


Rare blank for Hoffenheim

Last Updated: 26/04/14 5:48pm

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Frankfurt striker Alexander Madlung is denied by keeper Jens Grahl

Frankfurt striker Alexander Madlung is denied by keeper Jens Grahl

Hoffenheim drew a rare blank in a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt at the Rhein-Neckar Arena on Saturday.

Hoffenheim who have scored fewer only than Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season, and conceded more than any other side in the top flight, had the best chance to win the game late on when Roberto Firmino had a penalty saved.

They ended the game with 10 men, though, when Anthony Modeste was shown a straight red card with just five minutes remaining.

There may not have been any goals, but that was certainly not for the lack of trying at both ends.

Martin Lanig's shot brought a first save out of Hoffenheim goalkeeper Jens Grahl before Alexander Madlung headed over with Frankfurt's next attack.

Kevin Trapp was called upon in the 10th minute to deny Kevin Volland at the other end before Niklas Sule headed over the crossbar.

At the end of the first half, Volland wasted another good chance for the hosts when he shot wide of Trapp's goal.

The chances kept on arriving and, given the goalscoring potential on both sides, and the weakness of the Hoffenheim defence this season, it seemed like it would be only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken.

That moment failed to materialise, though, not even when Modeste fell in the area under the challenge of Trapp in the 84th minute.

In the absence of regular penalty taker Sejad Salihovic, Firmino stepped up, but Trapp made up for his initial foul by making the save.

Modeste, meanwhile, could not keep a lid on his frustration and he was sent off for kicking out at Carlos Zambrano while lying on the floor, although the Frankfurt defender was fortunate not to follow him as he also appeared to kick the Hoffenheim player.

It was the final moment of drama in the game, which ended all square and, strangely in the case of Hoffenheim, without a single goal.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 76
2 Wolfsburg 30 61
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 57
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 55
5 Schalke 30 42
6 FC Augsburg 30 42
7 Hoffenheim 30 40
8 Borussia Dortmund 30 39
9 Werder Bremen 30 39
10 Mainz 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 36
12 Cologne 30 35
13 Hertha Berlin 30 34
14 SC Freiburg 30 30
15 Hannover 96 30 29
16 Hamburg 30 28
17 SC Paderborn 07 30 28
18 Stuttgart 30 27