BERLIN — Cologne and Werder Bremen played out a goalless draw that left both sides still searching for their first win after nine rounds of the Bundesliga on Sunday.
"We have to get back on track sometime," Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said.
Cologne's need was greater after seven defeats, but the home side — already without injured players Jonas Hector, Nikolas Nartey, Marcel, Marco Hoeger and captain Matthias Lehmann — was dealt a further blow when Claudio Pizarro suffered a thigh strain in the warm-up. The Peruvian forward, one of Cologne's outstanding performers in the previous loss to Stuttgart, was unable to play against his former club.
The first half showed why both teams are bottom of the Bundesliga. Despite plenty of commitment and a clear will to somehow drag their sides out of their predicament, neither had the spark to force a breakthrough.
Sehrou Guirassy missed an open goal from close range late on for Cologne, before Konstantin Rausch cleared off the line at the other end in injury time.
Salomon Kalou missed a penalty then scored another for Hertha Berlin to salvage a 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
Janik Haberer put the home side ahead with another penalty early in the second half before Kalou blazed his first effort over in the 77th.
The Ivory Coast forward was given a second chance two minutes later when the video referee adjudged that Nicolas Hoefler brought Davie Selke down, though TV replays showed minimal contact as the Hertha forward fell spectacularly.
Kalou stepped up again and made no mistake this time to earn his side a point.
SCHMIDT'S FIVE DRAWS
Felix Uduokhai scored in injury time to earn Wolfsburg a 1-1 draw against visiting Hoffenheim.
A late penalty from Kerem Demirbay looked to be enough for Hoffenheim, but Uduokhai rose above three defenders to head Daniel Didavi's corner in for the equalizer.
It was the fifth consecutive draw for Wolfsburg in Martin Schmidt's fifth game in charge, a feat only previously achieved by Joerg Berger, who started at Cologne with five draws in 1991.