Struggling Cologne secures first point of season

Cologne picked up its first point in six games by containing host Hanover to a goal-less draw on Sunday.

Hannover's Kenan Karaman and Cologne's Lukas Kluenter vie for the ball during the match between Hannover 96 and FC Cologne at the HDI-Arena.   -  AP

Hanover 96 was held to a goalless draw at home by Bundesliga bottom side Cologne on Sunday to leave defending champion Bayern Munich third after its shocking draw with Wolfsburg.

Cologne picked up its first point in six games by containing host Hanover, who dominated possession but could not break the deadlock.

Japan forward Yuya Osako and defender Lukas Kluenter had chances for Cologne while Niklas Fuellkrug missed a good opportunity at the other end for Hanover.

The result means Hanover stays fourth in the table, missing the chance to climb above Bayern, who threw away a two-goal lead in Friday's 2-2 draw in Munich against Wolfsburg.

Borussia Dortmund is two points clear at the top after its 6-1 trouncing of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick.

The pressure is growing on Cologne coach Peter Stoeger, who steered them to promotion from the second division in 2013-14 to finish fifth last season.

His team has now scored just one goal and taken one point in their first six league games.

"We got a point and we're happy with that," said Cologne defender Frederik Sorensen. "We need to start scoring goals, though -- we can't survive without them.

"But we're fighting every game, and we'll see how far we get."

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