Bundesliga: Paderborn rides his luck for a valuable point
DUSSELDORF (Germany): The Bundesliga lower side Paderborn they rode their luck when they came out with a potentially vital point in a 0-0 draw to other fighters Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Paderborn had lost four in a row before the German league was suspended in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic but a point on their return to action will boost their hopes of survival.
They moved to 17 points, one behind Werder Bremen , while Fortuna remains third from the bottom with 23, as they were left to regret a bad fortune on a sunny afternoon at the Dusseldorf Arena.
Of fortune Walon Berisha He knocked twice on the wood as he continued his search for a first goal for his new club since he moved out of Lazio in January.
Teammate Steven skrzybski It was also unfortunate to see his attack cannon recoil from the post in the last 10 minutes.
Paderborn might well have snatched an unlikely win three minutes from time but Nigerian international Jamilu Collins he missed a good shot from close range.
Fortuna had the game's first real chance in the 14th minute when the ball crossed the front line before Matthias Zimmermann's next shot was blocked.
Three minutes later, Berisha was inches from her first goal when her volley effort deflected defender Sebastian Schonlau and hit the upright position, only to return to play.
A defensive error presented Paderborn 's Mohamed Drager with a half chance on the half hour but he was quickly closed down, only for Fortuna to then threaten at the other end as center back Kaan Ayhan's header from a freekick went narrowly wide.
The second half took a while to produce any flow before Fortuna's winger Erik Thommy began to control the game, creating several opportunities.
He was involved in the build-up before Berisha made a close-range header from the crossbar in the 66th minute.
Substitute Skrzybski fired his shot against the left post to increase the home team's frustration.
But Collins will be have some explaining to do to his Paderborn team mates after missing a chance against the run of play as fulltime approved. Had he scored, it could have given Paderborn only their fifth win of the league campaign.