BERLIN ( Associated Press) — Schalke received an unwanted welcome in the Bundesliga after a 3-1 loss in Cologne on Sunday, with video referee interference angered by the newly promoted.
Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Zalazar thought he was leading Schalke after 10 minutes, but the goal was denied after Maya Yoshida was set offside by VAR and blocked goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe’s sight.
Thanks to VAR, Cologne survived and later had an advantage. Dominic Drexler was kicked out for a foul on Jonas Hector. Replays did not help Drexler and Hector tried to rest the Schalke midfielder as he walked off the field.
Luca Killian opened the scoring at the start of the second half and Cologne was again helped by VAR after a goal from Florian Keynes was awarded when it was initially rejected for offside.
This was too much for Schalke sporting director Reuven Schröder, who was reprimanded for his complaints.
Marius Boulter brought Shackle close before Cologne’s third goal in the 80th.
Before the match, Cologne announced that it had reached an agreement in principle to acquire striker Anthony Modest from Borussia Dortmund.
Stuttgart went back before Leipzig
American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s Stuttgart prevented Leipzig from starting the season with a win and came from behind to draw 1–1.
Nouiro Ahmada’s first goal for Stuttgart since joining Juventus in 2020 gave his side their first point and disappointed the visitors, who were looking to level with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who won their first league game was.
Leipzig finished fourth last season and the club’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff said before the match that qualifying for the Champions League is the goal of this season.