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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.

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

The visitors gradually improved. Milos Jojic almost scored a minute after coming on in the second half only to be denied by a last-ditch tackle.

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

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