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Veltins Arena (ATT 60,952) 21st February 2014 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Gagelmann

Schalke Schalke vs Mainz Mainz

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Schalke held by Mainz

Last Updated: 21/02/14 10:40pm

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Max Meyer and Roman Neustaedter battle for the ball

Max Meyer and Roman Neustaedter battle for the ball

Schalke failed to win for the first time in 2014 as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Mainz on Friday night.

The Royal Blues, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week and perhaps were already thinking ahead to that match, could count themselves fortunate to have come away without being beaten by a strong Mainz side.

The visitors created the better chances, but failed to beat an inspired Ralf Fahrmann as they moved level on points with sixth-placed Borussia Monchengladbach who host Hoffenheim on Saturday.

It was immediately clear that Thomas Tuchel's side had arrived in Gelsenkirchen with the intention of winning the game.

Shinji Okazaki had several good early chances, but met his match in Fahrmann, who also did well to deny Elkin Soto.

A good combination between Koo Ja-cheol and Okazaki carved open the Schalke defence once again, but the latter was unable to supply the finish again.

Schalke struggled to break down the massed ranks of Mainz players and a deflected shot from Jefferson Farfan and flick-header from Felipe Santana was the closest they came to scoring.

The second half was a similar story with Stefan Bell coming closest to breaking the deadlock with a header which was saved once again by Fahrmann.

Julian Draxler was sent on for the last 20 minutes by Jens Keller, although it made little difference as there was no way through for a Schalke side who looked a shadow of the team which had won four games in a row since the turn of the year.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25