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Porto earns 1-1 draw at Schalke in Champions League opener

September 18, 2018
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Porto midfielder Danilo, left, and Schalke forward Guido Burgstaller challenge for the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Porto at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved one penalty but was beaten by another as Porto salvaged a 1-1 draw in their Champions League-opening game on Tuesday.

Brazilian midfielder Otavio scored the equalizing penalty with 15 minutes remaining, despite complaints from the home side that Moussa Marega fell under minimal contact from Naldo.

“It was a dive,” said Naldo, the Schalke defender who was also at fault for the first penalty after a hand-ball in the 12th minute.

However, Faehrmann guessed correctly that time, diving to the right to push Alex Telles’ spot kick around the post.

Schalke’s Breel Embolo put his team ahead in the 64th, slotting the ball inside the far post after some good work from Nabil Bentaleb to win possession and Weston McKennie, who set him up in his Champions League debut.

“We’re disappointed that it wasn’t enough,” said Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco, whose side has started the Bundesliga with three defeats.

The 20-year-old McKennie had missed Schalke’s Bundesliga defeat at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday after limping off in the United States’ friendly against Mexico with a bruised knee last week.

The home side was left ruing referee Jesus Gil Manzano’s decision to award the second penalty.

“We played a very good game and showed we’re on the right path,” Faehrmann said. “From the way the game went, we deserved to win.”

Galatasaray defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home in the other Group D game.

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