1. FC Köln 0-0 Werder Bremen: Stalemate leaves Bremen battling to escape playoff spot

It was a dull game in Köln, which did no favours for the visitors.

1. FC Köln 0-0 Werder Bremen: Stalemate leaves Bremen battling to escape playoff spot
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1. FC Köln: (4-4-2) Horn; Sørensen, Maroh, Mavraj, Heintz; Risse, Gerhardt (Vogt 46'), Hector, Bittencourt (Hartel 75'); Zoller (Osako 46'), Modeste.
Werder Bremen: (4-2-3-1) Wiedwald; Gebre Selassie, Djilobodji, Vestergaard, S.Garcia (Sternberg 84'); Grillitsch, Fritz; Öztunali (Ujah 75'), Junuzovic, Bartels; Pizarro (Eggestein 90+3').
REFEREE: Felix Zwayer (Berlin). Booked: Maroh (24'), Grillitsch (38'), Hector (51'), Sørensen (61'), Bartels (79').

Werder Bremen's fight to stay in the Bundesliga will go down to the final day after they drew 0-0 with 1. FC Köln.

Neither side could break the deadlock in a close game, although Santiago Garcia did have a goal disallowed for the visitors.

Garcia angered over disallowed goal

Bremen's afternoon almost got off to the worst possible start when Jannik Vestergaard slipped while trying to clear. The Dane passed up possession to Simon Zoller, who had signed a contract extension the day before, but saw his shot well-saved by Felix Wiedwald. Fin Bartels fired a warning shot at the other end, although it slid wide.

Werder continued to push forward from there and a series of set-pieces were only just dealt with by the home defence. As Claudio Pizarro had a header flicked over, Zlatko Junuzovic took aim from the resulting corner. It was poorly punched out by Timo Horn and only as far as Santiago Garcia, who thundered the loose ball into the goal. What looked like a perfectly good opener was chalked off by Felix Zwayer; seemingly for no good reason.

Vestergaard then sent a searching long ball into the area that was volleyed at goal by Junuzovic, who seen his effort come back off the upright. At the other end, Anthony Modeste had a great chance to open the scoring but Wiedwald, again, came to his side's rescue just before the break.

Frustration on the face of Claudio Pizarro. | Image credit: kicker - Getty Images
Frustration on the face of Claudio Pizarro. | Image credit: kicker - Getty Images

Wiedwald wins a point for his side

The second half saw the battle between Modeste and Wiedwald continue, as the Bremen stopper was determined to end an 18-month wait for a Bundesliga clean sheet and pick up his first of the season as a result. A superb stop when one-on-one with the forward kept them in it, while there were furious appeals for a penalty from the home fans after Dominic Maroh went down in the area - they feel on deaf ears, however.

It was the visitors' turn to force the issue at the death, with Pizarro having two huge chances to win the game. The first produced an incredible block from Maroh to turn his effort over the bar, but the second was a guilt-edge opportunity to head home unmarked; much to the dismay of the Peruvian and the travelling fans, it went wide. The points were shared and Bremen still have safety in their own hands. A draw will ensure they don't go done automatically, while a win would ensure their Bundesliga status.