Bottom-of-the-table 1. FC Köln frustrated FC Schalke 04's attempts to move up to third in the 1. Bundesliga by holding them to a 1-1 draw.
Lottner earns a point
The hosts dominated the opening stages only for Danish forward Ebbe Sand to give the visitors the lead four minutes before the break. However Dirk Lottner earned Köln a share of the spoils with the equaliser on the hour mark. Schalke remain in fourth, level on points with third-placed FC Bayern München.
Sunday's other Bundesliga game saw a remarkable recovery from SV Werder Bremen as two goals in the final two minutes, including one from goalkeeper Frank Rost, gave them a 4-3 victory against relegation-threatened FC Hansa Rostock.
Trailing 3-2 with time running out, Rost joined the Bremen attack and was quickest to react when Frank Verlaat knocked down Krisztiàn Lisztes' corner. The home supporters had barely finished celebrating when Rayk Schröder brought down Thorsten Frings in the area and Aílton coolly dispatched the penalty.
Hard luck for Hansa
The result was hard luck on Hansa, who had belied their lowly position with an impressive performance. Aílton gave the hosts the third-minute advantage but the visitors stormed back to lead at the interval after goals from René Rydlewicz and Antonio di Salvo to tap in from close range.
Hansa ahead again
Bremen drew level two minutes after the restart when Frings headed a Lisztes free-kick into the net. Hansa restored their advantage two minutes later when Schröder, a half-time substitute for Marcus Lantz, finished clinically after a neat pass from Andreas Jakobsson.
Bremen seemed to have wasted their chance of claiming a point when Frank Baumann headed wide from close range. Hansa could have sealed the win but efforts from Steffen Baumgart and Radwan Yasser hit the woodwork before the hosts stole the game in the most dramatic of circumstances.
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