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Regular Season
  • 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 18 +27 45
2 Bayern Munich 18 +20 39
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 +19 36
4 RB Leipzig 18 +13 31
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 +13 30
6 VfL Wolfsburg 18 +4 28
7 Hertha Berlin 18 +1 27
8 TSG Hoffenheim 18 +7 25
9 Werder Bremen 18 0 25
10 Bayer Leverkusen 18 -4 24
11 Mainz 18 -4 24
12 Schalke 04 18 -3 21
13 SC Freiburg 18 -6 21
14 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 -13 21
15 FC Augsburg 18 -5 15
16 VfB Stuttgart 18 -24 14
17 Hannover 96 18 -19 11
18 Nurnberg 18 -26 11