Bundesliga: Schalke, Freiburg share spoils in goalless affair; Werder Bremen’s Claudio Pizzro turns into league’s oldest scorer

Berlin: Schalke 04 warmed-up for the Champions League go to of Manchester City with a goalless draw at dwelling...

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Bundesliga: Schalke, Freiburg share spoils in goalless affair; Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizzro becomes league's oldest scorer

Berlin: Schalke 04 warmed-up for the Champions League go to of Manchester City with a goalless draw at dwelling to fellow Bundesliga strugglers Freiburg on Saturday.

Schalke are winless of their final three Bundesliga video games and sit simply above the relegation locations in 14th spot.

Next up is a large problem at dwelling to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League giants Man City of their Champions League final 16, first-leg tie on Wednesday.

Claudio Pizzaro netted a late equaliser for Werder Bremen towards Hertha Berlin within the Bundesliga. Twitter/@werderbremen_en

Schalke certified for the Champions League by ending runners-up to Bayern Munich final season, however regardless of dreadful latest outcomes, Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco says they’re able to host City.

“We deserve to have got this far,” Tedesco insisted after Schalke received half their video games to complete second behind Porto of their Champions League group.

“We have to prepare well and everyone needs to be at 100 percent. We believe we have a chance — otherwise there would be no point playing.”

Both Schalke and Freiburg completed with ten males because the Royal Blues performed for almost 50 minutes with out defensive midfielder Suat Serdar, despatched off for a first-half foul.

In the dying phases, Freiburg defender Christian Guenter was dismissed for a second yellow card.

“Regardless of the red card (Serdar), we didn’t do what we wanted to do which was to put pressure on the Freiburg goal,” mentioned Tedesco.

Penalty attraction

Schalke got here near conceding a penalty with 10 minutes left when Spanish midfielder Omar Mascarell was suspected of a handball, however the video assistant referee (VAR) over-ruled the referee’s preliminary choice.

Welsh teenage winger Rabbi Matondo, who Schalke signed final month from Man City, struggled to make an impression on solely his second Bundesliga look, his first over 90 minutes.

The 18-year-old had a great likelihood with 16 minutes left however ballooned his shot over the bar.

Freiburg hit the Schalke woodwork twice within the second half by means of substitutes Jerome Gondorf and Luca Waldschmidt.

Meanwhile, Claudio Pizarro, the Bundesliga’s report overseas goal-scorer, claimed one other milestone when he grew to become the league’s oldest scorer.

Aged 40 years and 136 days, the Peru striker claimed his 195th Bundesliga objective in dramatic vogue to equalise with the final kick of the sport in Werder Bremen’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Pizarro smashed a speculative free-kick beneath Hertha’s wall and it took two deflections earlier than hitting the web within the 96th minute.

Pizarro’s late strike value Hertha the prospect to go sixth after the hosts had taken a deserved first-half lead by means of Davie Selke and twice hit the woodwork.

League leaders Borussia Dortmund are at backside aspect Nuremberg on Monday.

They are two factors forward of Bayern Munich, who received 3-2 at Augsburg on Friday.

RB Leipzig took their likelihood to remain within the title race as a 3-1 win at Stuttgart left them fourth, only a level behind Borussia Moenchengladbach, who play Sunday at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Yussuf Poulsen netted two targets as Leipzig took the three factors.

The Denmark striker opened the scoring after simply six minutes when Leipzig’s Germany striker Timo Werner fired in a cross, which clipped a defender’s knee for Poulsen to faucet dwelling.

Steven Zuber equalised from the spot for Stuttgart ten minutes later when the video assistant referee noticed the ball had hit Willi Orban’s arm after a Mario Gomez header.

However, Leipzig rallied as midfielder Marcel Sabitzer curled dwelling an excellent free-kick with 20 minutes left, then Poulsen claimed his second objective quickly after, tapping dwelling following a powerful run by US worldwide Tyler Adams.

Wolfsburg climbed to fifth with a 3-Zero win at Mainz with targets by midfielder Maximilian Arnold, striker Wout Weghorst and defender Robin Knoche.

Hoffenheim additionally moved up after Algeria ahead Ishak Belfodil, Brazilian striker Joelinton and Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay netted of their 3-Zero win at second-from-bottom Hanover 96 to go seventh.

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