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Hamburg lucky to escape with 1-1 draw against Cologne as winless slump continues

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BERLIN — Hamburger SV was lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Cologne as the home side's slump continued Sunday in its sixth Bundesliga game without a win.

"We know that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us," said Hamburg coach , whose side has claimed only two points from that six-game run.

Cologne forward struck the crossbar with a header in the 38th, three minutes before opened the scoring after a mistake from Hamburg captain .

Nicolai Mueller equalized just after the interval with a brilliant strike to the top left corner after some good play between halftime substitute and .

Cologne missed a host of chances after to reclaim the lead.

"We clearly had the game under control but we have to get the second goal," Cologne sporting director Joerg Schmadtke said.

made two brilliant saves to deny the visitors, first thwarting 's strike from distance and then pushing 's free kick onto the bar.

"The way the game went, we have to be happy with the point," Mueller said.

Promoted Darmstadt won 2-0 at relegation-threatened Hoffenheim in a bad-tempered late game.

Darmstadt captain headed the visitors in front in the 33rd and converted from close range to seal the win with five minutes to play.

Both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were held to scoreless draws Saturday, preserving the eight-point gap at the top between the sides. Bayern drew at Bayer Leverkusen after second-place Dortmund had been held at Hertha Berlin.

PHOTO: Hamburg's goalie Rene Adler , 3rd from right, saves a  free kick  by Cologne's Marcel Risse ( during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and 1. FC Cologne in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday Feb. 7, 2016.  ( Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
Hamburg's goalie Rene Adler , 3rd from right, saves a free kick by Cologne's Marcel Risse ( during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and 1. FC Cologne in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday Feb. 7, 2016. ( Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)

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PHOTO: Hamburg's Lewis Holtby  and  Cologne's Jonas Hector, right, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hamburger SV and 1. FC Cologne a in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday Feb. 7 2016. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
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