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Local tennis star Petkovic grills sausages as Darmstadt draws 0-0 with Cologne in Bundesliga


DUESSELDORF, Germany — Tennis star Andrea Petkovic barbequed sausages but couldn't inspire her hometown side to a Bundesliga win as Darmstadt played out a 0-0 draw with Cologne on Friday.

Petkovic cooked sausages and served fans before the game to fulfill a promise she had made ahead of the opening game of the season, saying she'd man the grill if Darmstadt didn't lose to Hannover. The club drew 2-2 and held her to the pledge.

"Gambling debts are a matter of honor," said Petkovic, who joined fellow professional Sabine Lisicki in the stands once she'd completed her duty.

Darmstadt started brightly with shooting narrowly wide early on and setting up to fire over later.

The visitors gradually improved but missed a number of chances. almost scored a minute after coming on in the second half only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle. Cologne also had a penalty appeal waved away.

"It wasn't a pretty game. We knew it would be difficult," said Cologne midfielder Matthias Lehmann, who rued the missed chances. "We were just missing that final will to get the thing over the line."

Referee Deniz Aytekin suffered a tendon tear during the game and was replaced by Christian Dietz, who made his top-flight debut.

Darmstadt climbed provisionally 12th and Cologne is eighth ahead of the rest of the 14th round.

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