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Schalke Hold Bayern

Schalke came from a goal behind to force a one-all draw against Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga match played at Veltins-Arena on Saturday night. 

Pep Guardiola’s side handed their new signing Spanish midfielder, Xavi Alonso, his debut, just days after signing with the German champions.

Bayern got on the front foot straight away and kept possession well in the attacking half. 

Thomas Muller nearly found an opener as early as in the fourth minute as he combined with Philip Lahm and Robert Lewandowski, but were denied by Schalke goalkeeper Fahrmann, who made a good save.

The home side’s goalkeeper pulled another great save two minutes later as this time he denied Mario Gotze from getting the opening goal.

Fahrmann was finally beaten by horror defending by his team, which saw Lewandowski scoring an easy tap-in after good work by Sebastian Rode in the tenth minute. 

The home side were dealt a blow as Jan Kirchhoff was forced out of the match before half-time with an injury.

Schalke looked better in the second half and were able to take their first shot on goal in the 52nd minute through Draxler.

The home side got a dramatic equalizer in the 62nd minute as a Xavi Alonso's attempted clearance off the line hit Benedikt Howedes and went into the net to help bring the home side into the game.

Bayern searched for the winning goal in late stages of the game while Schalke were happy to defend and get away with a point against the defending Bundesliga champions.

David Alaba thought he had won a penalty in the dying minutes after  a good combinational play with Thomas Muller, but nothing was awarded as Bayern failed to register their second consecutive win and held to a draw.

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