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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 RB Leipzig 18 +30 40
2 Bayern Munich 18 +28 36
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 +13 35
4 Borussia Dortmund 18 +19 33
5 Schalke 04 18 +10 33
6 Bayer Leverkusen 18 +5 31
7 SC Freiburg 18 +5 29
8 TSG Hoffenheim 18 -4 27
9 VfL Wolfsburg 18 -2 24
10 FC Augsburg 18 -5 23
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 -1 21
12 FC Union Berlin 18 -6 20
13 FC Cologne 18 -11 20
14 Hertha Berlin 18 -11 19
15 Mainz 18 -15 18
16 Werder Bremen 18 -17 17
17 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 -19 15
18 SC Paderborn 07 18 -19 12