Chances went a begging in a goalless draw at the Rhein Neckar Arena.
The clash between Hoffenheim and Hamburg ended in a 0-0 draw in a competitive encounter between two Bundesliga sides.
TSG were the first to attack after a quick exchange of play as Vedad Ibisevic got in a header but missed the target, a minute or two later a similar move by the Rothosen ended with Anis Ben-Hatira having a headed opportunity but unable to find the target.
Joris Mathijsen had a strike at goal within seconds, he could not pierce the defence as Hamburg began to look lively.
On 13 minutes Hoffenheim thought they had broken the deadlock with Roberto Firmino who struck, but was adjudged to be offside, straight from that Sebastian Rudy was threatening again he could not find a way through the Hamburger defence.
Hoffenheim were coming more and more into the game there were chances for ex-Liverpool striker Ryan Babel and Ibisevic, but caretaker manager Michael Oenning’s side stayed compact and blocked out most of the danger.
As half time drew nearer, Rudy and Babel were testing the opposition with shots on goal, but neither could find a way to break down the Hamburg defence.
The second half started cagier than the first, but Hoffenheim had far more attempts on goal while Hamburg enjoyed their fair share of possession.
It was Rudy again causing problems for Hamburg on 55 minutes, only to be denied by a good save by Frank Rost.
A short while later Babel pushed forward but he could only fire wide of the post. Dennis Aogo smashed a shot on target on 76 minutes for Hamburg, but the full back could not find a way past Hoffenheim 'keeper Tom Starke.
Based on chances created and attempts on goal, Hoffe will be disappointed to have not taken the three points.
The result moves Hoffenheim up to eighth level on points with Freiburg, Hamburg move to sixth, levelled with Nuernberg.