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Schalke holds Bayern 1-1 in Bundesliga

BERLIN -- Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes equalized to give his side a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, denying Xabi Alonso a win on his debut for the German champions.

World Cup winner Hoewedes bundled the ball over the line in the 62nd minute as Alonso's desperate attempt to clear came back off the Schalke defender's left arm.

Referee Marco Fritz felt the contact was unintentional and the goal was given despite Bayern protests.

"It wouldn't have been a goal if his arm wasn't there," said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who conceded for the first time against his former club since switching sides in 2011.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 10th after carving open the Schalke defense with Sebastian Rode.

Ralf Faehrmann had already made crucial saves from Thomas Mueller and Lewandowski before the Polish striker scored.

The 32-year-old Alonso, who joined from Real Madrid the day before, impressed as Bayern dominated early on but Schalke gradually improved and finished the game strongly.

"We didn't control ball possession after the first 25 minutes and that was the problem," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. "You have to have ball possession."

A botched clearance from Neuer went unpunished before the break, as Kaan Ayhan was unable to direct his shot on target with the goalkeeper stranded.

Jerome Boateng kept Schalke's attack in check after interval, before the former Hertha Berlin defender had to go off with an injury on the hour.

Both sides attacked in a frenetic finale but neither could claim the win.

"You're annoyed when you're leading 1-0 and you don't finish the job," Mueller said.

Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen twice came from behind to defeat Hertha Berlin 4-2 Saturday and maintain its winning start, while newly promoted Paderborn claimed its first ever win in the Bundesliga.

Leverkusen went behind in the 24th when Tin Jedvaj deflected Julian Schieber's cross into his own goal. The 18-year-old Jedvaj made up for his mistake by equalizing in the 50th, only for Schieber to put Hertha ahead again in the 60th with his third goal in two games.

Leverkusen defender Emir Spahic equalized two minutes later with a header from Hakan Calhanoglu's free kick and Julian Brandt scored on a rebound in the 74th when Karim Bellarabi's effort came back off the crossbar.

Bellarabi, who scored the league's fastest goal in nine seconds against Borussia Dortmund last week, sealed the result with a fine volley from Calhanoglu's cross in the 86th.

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