Rangnick stays unbeaten as Schalke draw
Ralf Rangnick's unbeaten record as coach was maintained as Schalke picked up a 1-1 draw away to Werder Bremen to keep both teams in the Bundesliga mid-table. The hosts went ahead thanks to a goal from Sandro Wagner in the 59th minute, but Edu's header four minutes later earned Die Konigsblauen a point and maintained Rangnick's unbeaten record since taking over as coach last month.
The point is probably too little for the UEFA Champions League semi-finalists to still make it into Europe next season via the Bundesliga since they now trail fifth-placed Mainz by eight points with four games remaining. With a six-point cushion over the bottom three, Bremen should be confident of avoiding relegation.
Petri Pasanen was left bemused by the referee's decision to rule out his headed goal in the 11th minute due to a foul by Per Mertesacker on Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Tim Borowski almost had the ball in the back of the net again within three minutes, but Neuer made an excellent save to deny his former Germany team-mate.
Bremen continued to press and look for an opening goal with Schalke, visibly tired - more mentally than physically - from their exertions against Inter Milan in midweek, just building a wall to try and stop them from scoring.
On the counter-attack, they showed how they had demolished the Champions League holders so emphatically with Raul almost putting them ahead in the 25th minute but he headed straight at Tim Wiese.
The home side went ahead on the hour mark when Wagner converted the rebound after his penalty was saved by Neuer. Claudio Pizarro had been fouled by Benedikt Howedes and Wagner was grateful to see the ball fall back out for him after Neuer dived the right way to keep the initial spot-kick out.
Their lead lasted just four minutes, though, before Edu brought Schalke level with a header from Atsuto Uchida's right-wing cross. Raul thought he had given Schalke the lead in the 73rd minute when he tapped in the rebound after Edu's header hit the post, but the Spaniard was in an offside position.
At the other end, Clemens Fritz brought a fine save out of Neuer as the game opened up with both sides looking for a winner. However, neither was able to find a second goal as they were forced to share the spoils at the Weser Stadion.