The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Jones' strike earns Schalke 1-1 draw at Galatasaray


ISTANBUL (AFP) - Schalke 04 set aside poor recent form to draw 1-1 with Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16, first-leg clash on Wednesday making it a disappointing evening for the hosts' recent star signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder.

Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz gave Galatasaray an early lead at the Turk Telekom Arena, but US midfielder Jermaine Jones equalised on the stroke of half-time to give Schalke a slim advantage ahead of the March 12 second leg.

Schalke have now lost just one of their last ten European away fixtures, including victories at Olympiakos and Arsenal, in sharp contrast to their recent Bundesliga form.

After just one victory in their last 12 games, this was a huge improvement by the Royal Blues.