Bayer Leverkusen remains on course for a top-four completion, after digging out from a deficit to draw with a Schalke side now winless in an unwanted club record 13 Bundesliga matches.
Schalke coach David Wagner rattled by giving a Bundesliga introduction to Can Bozdogan, a U19 midfielder, and calling Ahmed Kutucu in the start line-up just because.
It was the latter who, inside three minutes, nearly broke the deadlock, however after Lukas Hradecky had spilled a strong, long-range exertion from US international Weston McKennie, he was unable to direct his completion on target.
In an eminent recuperation attempt to deny Kutucu, Mitchell Weiser put another sight of the Leverkusen goal before the visitors threatened him through Lucas Alario, who sent a header over. The Argentine had precluded a goal late in the half for offside yet not before Hradecky’s palms stung Caligiuri.
Early in the subsequent half, when Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba was adjudicated to have handled Jonjoe Kenny’s conservative cross, Schalke’s uplifting attitude was rewarded. Caligiuri leaped high into the net to roar the resulting spot-kick and Hradecky went a misguided course.
Nadiem Amiri was tipped over by Alexander Nübel and Alario sent an agonizingly wide heading as Leverkusen increased their ante. Substitute Kevin Volland checked Nübel before Alario with a goal-saving square before Özan Kabak put the body at risk.
Ultimately, Bayer was rewarded for their endeavors when Juan Miranda, a loaner from Barcelona, yet Amiri ‘s cross in his net ahead of Paulinho to make sure about a point that places them above the fifth place of Borussia Mönchengladbach.