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...
Newly-promoted pair Paderborn and Cologne extended their unbeaten starts to the campaign with a goalless draw on Saturday.
The two teams had both won one and drawn one of their opening two Bundesliga fixtures and were happy not to lose that proud unbeaten record at the Paderborn Arena.
The hosts had the better chances, but Cologne kept a clean sheet for the third game in a row to pick up another point towards survival.
Elias Kachunga was Paderborn's most dangerous player once again, and he went close...
Cologne picked up their first win of the season at Stuttgart whose fans made their dissatisfaction clear to coach Armin Veh.
Yuya Osako scored his first goal in the Bundesliga to give Cologne the lead midway through the first half, and Anthony Ujah added a second before half-time.
Stuttgart's response was insufficient with the fans venting their anger at the prospect of another season of struggle, this time under the guidance of the coach who led them to their last Bundesliga title seven years ago...
A crowd of 50,000 at the Mungersdorfer Stadion watched Cologne play out a goalless draw with Hamburg on their return to the top flight.
Chances were at a premium in what seemed more like a pre-season warm-up match than the first appointment of what could be a long and hard season for both sides.
Hamburg started brighter with Cologne taking a while to shed their fears following two seasons in the 2. Bundesliga, but their response in the second half did not herald a winner.
In the pouring rain, which...