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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 23 +37 59
2 Borussia Dortmund 23 +19 40
3 Bayer Leverkusen 23 +13 38
4 RB Leipzig 22 +6 38
5 Schalke 04 23 +6 37
6 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +5 36
7 Hannover 96 23 -1 32
8 FC Augsburg 23 +3 31
9 TSG Hoffenheim 23 0 31
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 -5 31
11 Hertha Berlin 23 0 30
12 SC Freiburg 23 -13 28
13 VfB Stuttgart 23 -8 27
14 VfL Wolfsburg 23 -4 24
15 Werder Bremen 23 -7 23
16 Mainz 23 -13 23
17 Hamburg SV 23 -16 17
18 FC Cologne 23 -22 14

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