Rare blank for Hoffenheim
Last Updated: 26/04/14 5:48pm
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.