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2020-21 German Bundesliga

Schalke draw with Mainz in coach Grammozis' debut

Bundesliga basement club Schalke 04 drew 0-0 at home to Mainz in their relegation derby on Friday in coach Dimitris Grammozis' debut on the Royal Blues' bench.

The Greek took over this week following the sacking of Christian Gross and became Schalke's fifth coach this season with the team anchored in last place.

The draw leaves Schalke on 10 points, with Mainz in 16th -- the relegation playoff spot -- level on 18 points with second-bottom Arminia Bielefeld, who host Union Berlin on Sunday.

Schalke, who had to make do without midfielder Amine Harit after his injury during the warm-up, came close to scoring after 18 minutes with a Shkodran Mustafi header.

Although Mainz had to wait until the 38th minute for their first chance through Leandro Barreiro, the visitors gradually took control of the game and had several efforts on goal in the closing stages of the first half.

Schalke were on the back foot after the break once more and Danish goalkeeper Riis Ronnow was kept busy with his team doing very little in terms of attacking.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 28 +44 65
2 RB Leipzig 28 +29 60
3 VfL Wolfsburg 28 +23 54
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 28 +19 53
5 Borussia Dortmund 28 +17 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 27 +13 43
7 FC Union Berlin 28 +8 40
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 28 +5 40
9 VfB Stuttgart 28 +6 39
10 SC Freiburg 28 -2 37
11 FC Augsburg 28 -13 32
12 TSG Hoffenheim 27 -6 30
13 Werder Bremen 28 -11 30
14 Mainz 28 -18 28
15 Hertha Berlin 28 -14 26
16 Arminia Bielefeld 28 -24 26
17 FC Cologne 28 -23 23
18 Schalke 04 28 -53 13