Bundesliga comeback lose to Schalke

German Cup winners Leipzig got off to a frustrating start to their new Bundesliga campaign that ended in a 1-1 draw in Stuttgart.

Christopher Nkunku ended last season by scoring the first goal in just nine minutes on Sunday, but Ahmada Nauiroou scored a stunning equalizer before half-time.

Leipzig had better chances of picking up the three points, but Stuttgart, who had barely retained their top-flight status, held on to claim a valid draw.

The first weekend ended with Schalke losing 3-1 in their return to the top division in Cologne after three video assistant referee (VAR) calls against them.

Nkunku, the 2021/22 Bundesliga Player of the Year, was clinically finished with a Dani Olmo flick after Benjamin Henrichs split the defense.

Stuttgart equalized in the 31st minute as home keeper Florian Muller made the first of several good saves from a Lucas Klostermann header.

“We’ve taken a lot of opportunities,” Henriks told DAZN.

“It’s like Stuttgart, who scored once and ended 1-1. It feels like we lost.”

Konstantinos Mavropanos rattled the Stuttgart post on the stroke of half-time and Josha Vagnoman made a better restart from the interval.

Leipzig regained their composure and pressed for the winner, but Muller refused Nkunku and managed to get Willy Orban’s late header outside.

Stuttgart head of sport Sven Mislintat said it was “a great day” for Müller’s goal.

It took Schalke only 10 minutes to find the net again in the Bundesliga, but Rodrigo Zalazar’s rocket was disallowed when his teammate was offside.

And things got even worse when Dominic Drexler was red-carded for an unsatisfactory challenge to Jonas Hector.

In the 50th minute, Luca Kilian scored a well-crafted corner kick to finally put Cologne in front.

Florian Kaines doubled the lead when Alexander Schvorrow fumbled a cross and Marius Vuelter’s superb header gave Schalke brief hopes, but after Dejan Ljubicic’s header from the post the ball went It bounced off the schwallow into the net.

Offside goals, red cards and Kaines’ strikes were all decided by VAR decisions, though technically correct, plaguing the promoted side.

Sports director Ruben Schroeder said, “It gets me involved.

“We’ve been at a disadvantage. We need video assistants, not referees.”

Bundesliga comeback lose to Schalke

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