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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Haji Wright (45'+2')
  • Aleksandar Dragovic (26')
  • Lucas Alario (35')

Haji Wright scores off Weston McKennie assist but Schalke 04 fall

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Americans Wright & McKennie combine for Schalke goal (0:31)

Schalke's Haji Wright and Weston McKennie combined for the first Bundesliga goal both scored and assisted by an American since 2004-05. (0:31)

American forward Haji Wright's first Bundesliga goal was not enough to save Schalke from a 2-1 loss that gave Bayer Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich a lifeline on Wednesday.

Herrlich was under pressure after the side's defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Instead it is the home side's coach, Domenico Tedesco, who must fret over his future after his team was whistled off by their own fans at full time. Schalke dropped to 16th, one point above the relegation zone with one game to play before the halfway stage of the season.

Leverkusen was reportedly already in touch with former Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz and Salzburg coach Marco Rose as potential successors for Herrlich after a lacklustre season so far.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller was noncommittal when asked about his coach's future before kickoff in Gelsenkirchen.

But Herrlich, who took over before last season, was given some respite after first-half goals from Aleksandar Dragovic and Lucas Alario.

The 20-year-old Wright also scored before the break, set up by compatriot Weston McKennie, but Leverkusen held out for their sixth win in 16 games.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 22 +31 51
2 Bayern Munich 22 +24 48
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 +20 43
4 RB Leipzig 22 +22 41
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +7 36
6 VfL Wolfsburg 22 +5 35
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +13 34
8 TSG Hoffenheim 22 +12 33
9 Werder Bremen 23 +4 32
10 Hertha Berlin 22 +3 32
11 Mainz 22 -13 27
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 -16 25
13 SC Freiburg 22 -8 24
14 Schalke 04 22 -7 23
15 FC Augsburg 22 -9 18
16 VfB Stuttgart 23 -32 16
17 Hannover 96 22 -27 14
18 Nurnberg 22 -29 13