Hertha frustrates depleted Leverkusen in 0-0 draw

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LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — A depleted Bayer Leverkusen was held 0-0 by struggling Hertha Berlin on Sunday because it climbed above Borussia Dortmund to go third within the Bundesliga.

Lacking 9 gamers on account of damage and sickness, Leverkusen had three defenders and a 17-year-old ahead on its bench, and made just one change throughout the recreation.

That didn’t cease Leverkusen dominating possession and recording 14 pictures to Hertha’s 5, however there have been few clear scoring possibilities for both workforce. Each Hertha and Leverkusen pressed and marked nicely to maintain the forwards largely quiet.

Hertha’s Dodi Lukebakio pressured a save from Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky early on, and Leverkusen midfielder Kerem Demirbay was a sporadic risk along with his long-range taking pictures. Leverkusen captain Lars Bender got here closest when he headed vast at a free kick in added time.

Leverkusen stored its unbeaten file within the Bundesliga and overtook Dortmund — which misplaced 2-1 to Cologne on Saturday — however Peter Bosz’s workforce missed a chance to go second and inside some extent of chief Bayern Munich.

Hertha moved to thirteenth in what’s one other disappointing marketing campaign thus far for a membership which has spent closely in recent times with ambitions of changing into an influence in each Bundesliga and European competitions.

Leverkusen’s prime scorer Lucas Alario was out with a knee downside, placing extra stress on Patrik Schick to carry out within the striker function and including to an already troublesome damage listing. Winger Karim Bellarabi had a thigh downside and attacking midfielder Nadiem Amiri is sick, whereas midfielders Exequiel Palacios and Charles Aránguiz have every missed a number of video games.

Mainz hosted Hoffenheim later Sunday.

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