Leipzig wins; Schalke draws blank

Leipzig's midfielder Marcel Sabitzer (L) scores from a freekick during the German first division Bundesliga football match against VfB Stuttgart in Stuttgart Saturday. — AFP

BERLIN — Schalke 04 warmed-up for the Champions League visit of Manchester City with a goalless draw at home to fellow Bundesliga struggler Freiburg Saturday.

Schalke is winless in its last three Bundesliga games and sits just above the relegation places in 14th spot.

Next up is a huge challenge at home to Pep Guardiola's Premier League giants Man City in their Champions League last 16, first-leg tie Wednesday.

Schalke qualified for the Champions League by finishing runner-up to Bayern Munich last season.

RB Leipzig took its chance to stay in the title race as a 3-1 win at Stuttgart left it fourth, just a point behind Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Yussuf Poulsen netted two goals as Leipzig took the three points.

The Denmark striker opened the scoring after just six minutes when Leipzig's Germany striker Timo Werner fired in a cross, which clipped a defender's knee for Poulsen to tap home.

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

However, Leipzig rallied as midfielder Marcel Sabitzer curled home a superb free-kick with 20 minutes left, then Poulsen claimed his second goal soon after, tapping home following an impressive run by US international Tyler Adams.

Wolfsburg climbed to fifth with a 3-0 win at Mainz with goals by midfielder Maximilian Arnold, striker Wout Weghorst and defender Robin Knoche.

Hoffenheim also moved up after Algeria forward Ishak Belfodil, Brazilian striker Joelinton and Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay netted in their 3-0 win at second-from-bottom Hanover 96 to go seventh. — AFP