The 19-year-old Croatian claimed his first goal for the Royal Blues on his Bundesliga debut to earn his side a hard-fought point. Levan Kobiashvili put Schalke ahead before Stuttgart scored twice in four second-half minutes through Sami Khedira and a Pavel Pardo penalty.
But Rakitic levelled after coming off the bench and he told the club´s official website, www.schalke04.de: "It´s wonderful. I believe one cannot start better. I´m pleased for the team and for myself."
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