Armenia Bielefeld won a point on coach Frank Kramer’s first day in charge with a goalless draw against European hopefuls Union Berlin on Sunday to keep their relegation playoff hopes alive.
Uwe Neuhaus was fired earlier this week, and Kramer took over.
Union, who had gone unbeaten in their previous three league games and were aiming to qualify for Europe next season, had possession but had to wait until the 50th minute for their first opportunity, which came from Marius Bueller’s header.
When his teammate Keita Endo was sent through in the 75th minute, the Japanese curled his shot wide with only keeper Stefan Ortega to beat.
Despite the second-half pressure, Bielefeld held on for a point, keeping them in 16th place with 19 points, one ahead of Mainz 05 in 17th.
In a 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen, substitute Jonas Hector scored an 83rd-minute equalizer to salvage a point for struggling Cologne, snapping their three-game losing streak in the Bundesliga.
Cologne is 14th in the table, three points clear of the relegation playoff spot.