Bundesliga: Hoffenheim hold Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw, remain 12th

Leverkusen stayed sixth, nine points off the Champions League places. Hoffenheim remained 12th. Both teams have had a disappointing start to 2021.

The Associated Press April 13, 2021 09:17:11 IST
Bundesliga: Hoffenheim hold Bayer Leverkusen to a goalless draw, remain 12th

Both Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen have had a disappointing start to 2021. Twitter/ @tsghoffenheimEN

Sinsheim: Hoffenheim held Bayer Leverkusen to a 0-0 draw as Bundesliga's experiment in playing on Mondays came to an end.

There were few scoring chances for either team and Hoffenheim didn't record a single shot on target. Leverkusen's Moussa Diaby shot over the bar from a tight angle in the 57th minute and his teammate Nadiem Amiri had a shot saved seven minutes later.

Leverkusen stayed sixth, nine points off the Champions League places. Hoffenheim remained 12th. Both teams have had a disappointing start to 2021.

Leverkusen led the league briefly in December but imploded with three wins from 13 league games from January through March. The club fired coach Peter Bosz last month and hired interim replacement Hannes Wolf, who has four points from his first two games. Hoffenheim aspired to fight for European places but failed to fulfil the early promise of a 4-1 win over Bayern Munich in September.

It was the last scheduled Monday game in the Bundesliga after four seasons and persistent protests from organized fan groups. No Monday games are planned under the new TV deal starting 2021-22.

Monday games made it easier for TV viewers to see more of the Bundesliga schedule, with fewer simultaneous games on Saturdays, and German football officials said it meant more rest for teams playing Europa League games on preceding Thursdays. Fan groups argued it was more difficult to travel to Monday games than traditional weekend fixtures and accused officials of prioritizing TV revenue over supporters in the stands.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans disrupted a Monday game in 2018 by throwing tennis balls and toilet paper from the stands. Thousands of Borussia Dortmund fans boycotted another game.

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