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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Leon Goretzka (34')
  • Leon Bailey (61')

Leon Bailey strike helps Bayer Leverkusen to draw with Schalke

Bayer Leverkusen players celebrate after a Leon Bailey goal drew them level with Schalke. Getty Images

Substitute Leon Bailey denied Schalke all three points at the Veltins-Arena as Bayer Leverkusen forced a 1-1 Bundesliga draw on Friday.

Bailey's second-half effort -- a response to Leon Goretzka's stunning free-kick opener -- snapped Bayer's run of three straight away defeats but Schalke perhaps deserved to win the encounter.

After a slow start, Schalke took the initiative with left-back Bastian Oczipka fizzing a shot just wide.

Encouraged, the Royal Blues poured forward and in the 34th minute won a free kick, which Goretzka dispatched into the top corner with perfect aim.

A double substitution at the break paid dividends for Bayer on the hour mark as Jamaican winger Bailey found the back of the net with a deflected effort.

Lucas Alario -- a summer signing from River Plate -- then put the ball over the line to apparently give Bayer the lead, but much to Schalke's relief he was offside.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 12 +22 29
2 Schalke 04 12 +6 23
3 RB Leipzig 12 +5 23
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 12 0 21
5 Borussia Dortmund 12 +13 20
6 TSG Hoffenheim 12 +6 20
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 12 +2 19
8 Hannover 96 12 0 18
9 Bayer Leverkusen 12 +7 17
10 FC Augsburg 12 +2 16
11 VfB Stuttgart 12 -3 16
12 Mainz 12 -4 15
13 VfL Wolfsburg 12 -1 14
14 Hertha Berlin 12 -3 14
15 Hamburg SV 12 -10 10
16 Werder Bremen 12 -6 8
17 SC Freiburg 12 -17 8
18 FC Cologne 12 -19 2

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