Cologne and Borussia Monchengladbach took a point each from the first Rhine area derby of the season with the game failing to live up to the pre-match expectations.
It was the game fans of both sides were looking forward to the most following Cologne's promotion back to the top flight, but the fear of losing outweighed the desire to win as a goalless draw was produced.
The hosts had the best chance of the game in the first half, but it was wasted by Pawel Olkowski.
Both sides at least could take heart...
Substitute Ikechukwu Uche struck a second-half equaliser as Villarreal grabbed a point in their opening UEFA Europa League Group A clash with Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany.
Patrick Hermann had hit his first European goal in the 21st minute to give the home side the advantage but Nigerian Uche fired home low after the break a matter of seconds after replacing Luciano Vietto.
Buoyed by a solid start to the new Bundesliga season with five points from their first three games, the home side started...
Fabian Johnson was delighted following Borussia Monchengladbach's 4-1 win over FC Schalke 04, which saw the U.S. international start in left midfield, and then switch to right-back in the second half.
"My versatility is working in my favour," the 26-year-old said.
Last week, Azerbaijan boss Berti Vogts warned Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre not to play Johnson out of position.
Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at the World Cup said: "Left midfield is not Johnson's position, he might have three...