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FC Schalke 04 have missed the championship lead against 1. FC Köln. In the 1-1 (0-0) against the promoted Suat Serdar Schalke had brought in the lead (71. Minute), Jonas Hector headed in injury time the equalizer (90. + 2).
The Royal Blues have thus missed the fifth Bundesliga victory in a row. Victory would mean that the club would jump to the top of the table as the competition lost points. For the first time in nine years. So Schalke is tied with Bayern Munich, SC Freiburg and RB Leipzig fourth.
Against Cologne needed the team of coach David Wagner initially something to come into the game. Defensive Schalke was mostly safe, but still came shots of Cologne on goal, Alexander Nübel showed strong parades.
Thus, the Royal Blues were lucky when Kingsley Ehizibue aimed for Cologne on the strongly responding Schalke keeper Alexander Nübel (21), who deflected the ball with his shoulder. Until then, the game was at eye level. Although Schalke had some more possession, but did not necessarily come before the opposing goal, while Cologne was always looking for the way forward.
The highlight of the first half was a free kick by Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri. Jonas Hector extended the ball to his own goal, keeper Timo Horn could only watch - but the ball slapped the goal post (31.). But not only the scare seconds, but also the qualifications and the possession of the ball were evenly distributed in the first round, so that the draw at break was justified.
In the second half Schalke pressed on the lead: Kenny played the ball on Serdar, who plays the leather over his opponent in the course of Caligiuri. But Burgstaller missed clearly in the middle (55.).
Schalke coach David Wagner increased the risk at the start of the second half and brought Kutucu another striker (61 '). This was to pay off: Bastian Oczipka's standard allowed Salif Sané to extend the ball to the second post. Serdar waited at the second post and nodded (71.).
On the other side prevented Nübel in injury time with a great parade against Anthony Modeste first equalizer, but against the next corner he was powerless. Hector did not hit the post this time, but hit the net. Cologne remains on the 17th place.
FC Schalke - 1. FC Cologne 1: 1 (0: 0)
1: 0 Serdar (71.)
1: 1 Hector (90th + 2)
Gelsenkirchen: Nübel - Kenny, Stambouli, Sané, Oczipka - Mascarell - Caligiuri (61st Kutucu), Serdar - Harit - Burgstaller, Uth (46th McKennie)
Cologne: Horn - Ehizbue, Bornauw, Czichos, Katterbach - Schaub, Hector, Skhiri, Kainz - Schindler, Terodde
Yellow cards: Kenny, Serdar, Sané, Oczipka / Terodde, Katterbach
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