Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart in goalless draw

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> VfB Stuttgart remained second in the Bundesliga standings after they drew 0-0 away at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Hertha Berlin welcomed VfB Stuttgart to the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Two points behind leaders Wolfsburg coming into the game, a win would have put Stuttgart top. There wasn't much urgency from either team early on, though, and it was the home side who forced the first save of the match after half an hour. Timo Hildebrand was alert to Nando Rafael's near-post shot. At the other end, Cacau was acrobatically denied by Christian Fiedler. Hertha lost Rafael Nando to a red card just before halftime. The Angolan was whistled for handling, and he reacted to the decision by kicking the ball into the stands, which resulted in his second yellow card. But Stuttgart, playing without injured striker Kevin Kuranyi, couldn't break the deadlock as Hertha put all ten men behind the ball. The game meandered to a goalless draw, and so Stuttgart remain second with 11 points. Hertha, who have drawn all five of their matches so far this season, are 14th. (AP)