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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 Bayern Munich 26 +41 60
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 +34 60
3 RB Leipzig 26 +24 49
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 +14 47
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 +21 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 26 +7 42
7 VfL Wolfsburg 26 +5 42
8 Werder Bremen 26 +8 39
9 TSG Hoffenheim 26 +12 38
10 Hertha Berlin 26 +1 35
11 SC Freiburg 26 -5 31
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 26 -17 31
13 Mainz 26 -18 30
14 FC Augsburg 26 -10 25
15 Schalke 04 26 -17 23
16 VfB Stuttgart 26 -30 20
17 Hannover 96 26 -37 14
18 Nurnberg 26 -33 13