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2018/19 German Bundesliga

Marco Reus and Borussia Dortmund struggle in first ever 0-0 draw against Hanover

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus reacts after missing a golden chance against Hannover. Getty Images

BERLIN -- Borussia Dortmund twice hit the woodwork but could not score in their first-ever goalless Bundesliga draw against Hannover 96 on Friday.

The Champions League club, who scored four goals in their season opener against RB Leipzig last week, lacked spark and were bullied by the hosts for much of the first half.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus twice came close minutes before the break, including when he hit the bar with a shot from a tight angle.

Maximilian Philipp also hit the woodwork after the break as Dortmund gradually increased the pressure.

The hosts, however, almost snatched a late winner through Waldemar Anton but his powerful 78th-minute shot was deflected just wide of the post.

Minutes later Bobby Wood slipped and fell as he charged into the box with only Dortmund keeper Roman Buerki to beat before the teams settled for their first 0-0 in the Bundesliga in their 53rd league encounter.

Champions Bayern Munich, who won their season opener last week, travel to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday while last season's runners-up Schalke 04 host Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 29 +58 67
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +45 60
3 RB Leipzig 29 +43 58
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 +22 56
5 Bayer Leverkusen 29 +18 56
6 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +5 42
7 TSG Hoffenheim 29 -8 42
8 SC Freiburg 29 -3 38
9 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 38
10 Schalke 04 29 -12 37
11 FC Cologne 29 -10 34
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 -7 32
13 FC Augsburg 29 -16 31
14 FC Union Berlin 29 -18 31
15 Mainz 29 -25 28
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 29 -27 27
17 Werder Bremen 28 -29 25
18 SC Paderborn 07 29 -29 19