Schalke 04 had to settle for a 1-1 draw against visitors VfB Stuttgart on Friday after leading for the first time this season and have now gone 22 Bundesliga games without a win. The Royal Blues, who last week earned their first point of the season, looked sharper in the first half than in past weeks and went ahead with 19-year-old Malick Thiaw’s diving header at the far post in the 30th minute.
A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Friday: ENGLAND Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santos is concerned about toothless first-half displays heading into the match against Crystal Palace. The team has failed to score before the break in 58 games since returning to the Premier League in 2018. A 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend left Wolves ninth in the standings, below Palace on goal difference.
Sebastian Andersson rescued a 1-1 draw for Cologne after his side’s calamitous start against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Friday. Stuttgart’s Orel Mangala scored before any visiting player had even touched the ball. Gonzalo Castro surged forward and the ball worked its way through Daniel Didavi and Sasa Kalajdzic, who laid the ball back for Mangala to hammer it to the roof of the net after just 24 seconds played.
|Champions League (League Winners): RB Leipzig|
|Champions League (League Position): FC Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart|
|Europa Cup (League Position): Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
|Relegation (Playoff Relegation): 1. FC Köln|
|Relegation (League Position): FC Schalke 04, 1. FSV Mainz 05|