Schalke held in six-goal thriller as newboys shine
Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new signings grabbed the limelight on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season.
Champions Bayern Munich, who beat Moenchengladbach 3-1 on Friday, and Borussia Dortmund, who won 4-0 at Augsburg on Saturday, picked up impressive wins.
Schalke's new-signing Adam Szalai scored the Royal Blues' crucial third goal to share the points with Hamburg while Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his Dortmund debut with a hat-trick.
Mainz's Shinji Okazaki of Japan and Leverkusen's South Korea star Son Heung-Min both also scored on their respective debuts.
But there was bad news for Germany coach Joachim Loew as Schalke's teenage midfielder Julian Draxler withdrew from Wednesday's international friendly against Paraguay.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder limped off after only 23 minutes against Hamburg having damaged his left Achilles tendon.
"The injury could quickly get inflamed and turn into a long drawn-out affair, so it makes no sense (for him to play on Wednesday)," said Schalke team manager Horst Heldt.
Schalke took the lead at home to Hamburg when Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck after just 84 seconds before compatriot Rafael van der Vaart netted a 12th-minute penalty to level.
Striker Maximilian Beister produced a bullet header on 24 minutes to put Hamburg in front before Huntelaar levelled right at the end of the first half.
Ex-Dortmund defender Lasse Sobiech then headed the hosts ahead just after half-time before Hungary's Szalai, who joined Schalke from Mainz in the summer, pounced on a mistake by Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler on 72 minutes for a share of the points.
Okazaki netted in Mainz 05's 3-2 home win over his ex-club VfB Stuttgart -- who he left last month.
Mainz picked up three points when Germany midfielder Nicolai Mueller netted goals either side of Okazaki's 65th-minute strike.
Mueller scored his first after just 14 minutes, but Bosnia striker Vedad Ibisevic levelled just two minutes later.
Okazaki, who joined Mainz on July 1 in a three-year deal after two years at Stuttgart, slotted home his team's second when he converted a cross from Czech Republic defender Zdenek Pospech before Meuller made it 3-1, 12 minutes from time.
Stuttgart's Martin Harnik gave his side hope with eight minutes left to make it 3-2, but Mainz hung on.
Aubameyang, 24, showed why Dortmund paid French League Cup winners St Etienne 13 million euros (US$17.3m) for him as he became the sixth player in Bundesliga history to hit three goals on his debut.
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty in the dying stages to complete Augsburg's misery.
South Korea's Son also netted on his first competitive appearance for Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-1 win at home to Freiburg.
Hertha Berlin marked their return to the top-flight after a year's absence with a stunning 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt.
Colombia striker Adrian Ramos and Tunisia forward Sami Allagui each scored twice in the hammering at Berlin's Olympic Stadium while a first-half penalty from Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Alex Meier was all the guests could muster.
Hanover 96 enjoyed a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, who finished with nine men after both midfielder Maximilian Arnold and Swiss defender Timm Klose were sent off.
Hoffenheim were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Nuremberg while Werder Bremen edged newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 with Austria midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic hitting the 82-minute winner.
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