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Shalke salvages 3-3 draw against Hamburg

August 12, 2013

BERLIN (AP) — Klaas-Jun Huntelaar scored twice as Schalke came from behind to salvage a 3-3 draw against visiting Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The Dutch striker opened the scoring within two minutes, when Julian Draxler sent a perfect pass for him to surprise Rena Adler with a 20-yard shot.

The visitors were given some help in the 12th when Joel Matip was adjudged to have handled the ball from Marcell Jansen’s cross, and Rafael van der Vaart duly converted from the penalty spot.

Draxler had to go off in the 23rd with a left ankle injury, allowing the highly rated Leon Goretzka to come on for his Bundesliga debut.

It got worse for Schalke a minute later, when Maximilian Beister crashed his header off the crossbar. The rebound bounced in front of the line, against unfortunate goalkeeper Timo Hildebrandt and into the net.

Huntelaar equalized just before the break, however, meeting Christian Fuchs’ cross to head unopposed past Adler.

Beister should have scored his second only to be denied by Hildebrandt, but Lasse Sobiech put Hamburg 3-2 up with a header from a poorly defended corner in the 49th.

“We start by conceding three goals at home. That’s way too many. We weren’t in the game at all in the first half,” Schalke coach Jens Keller said. “But we did a lot right in the second half.”

Adler denied substitute Adam Szalai from close range in the 69th, but the Hungarian striker pounced to score in the 72nd, when the goalkeeper failed to hold on to Christian Clemens’ long-range shot.

“We fell asleep for two of the goals. It shouldn’t happen but it did, unfortunately,” Van der Vaart said. “Otherwise we played very well.”

Earlier, Japan striker Shinji Okazaki scored on his Bundesliga debut for Mainz in a 3-2 win over his former side Stuttgart.


PARIS (AP) — Marseille humbled newly-promoted side Guingamp 3-1 in the French league on Sunday, with Dimitri Payet scoring twice in his debut.

It was a dismal return to the top division for Guingamp, which finished second behind Monaco in Ligue 2 last season, as it found itself 3-0 down after just 16 minutes following several defensive mistakes.

Andre-Pierre Gignac scored an early opener for Marseille before a swift double for Payet, who was signed from Ligue 1 rival Lille in the offseason.

Guingamp had a chance to get back into the game early in the second half but Mustapha Yatabare saw his penalty saved after Souleymane Diawara was adjudged to have fouled Steeven Langil.

However, Marseille was eventually made to pay for its frailty in defense — which will be of concern to coach Elie Baup — as Yatabare scored in the 74th minute.

“We did very well in the first half, we could have even scored a fourth or a fifth goal,” Baup said. “Then it became more difficult, and we left a lot of open spaces for our opponents. There are a lot of things to correct but it’s good to have started by scoring three goals.”

Earlier, Saint-Etienne strolled to a 1-0 win at Ajaccio as Fabrizio Ravanelli’s first match in charge of the Corsican side ended in disappointment.


AMSTERDAM (AP) — PSV Eindhoven moved to the top of the Dutch league standings with a 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegen, as a 10-man Ajax lost 3-2 at AZ Alkmaar on Sunday.

PSV’s reliance on youthful talent appears to be paying dividends as 17-year-old Zakaria Bakkali scored a hat trick in Saturday’s win, while 22-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum netted two.

Ajax was ahead 2-1 at Alkmaar after an hour when Ricardo van Rhijn was red-carded for grabbing an opponent’s shirt. Aron Johannsson leveled for AZ from the penalty and the hosts had multiple chances before Viktor Elm scored the winner.

Feyenoord fell to a 4-1 loss in Rotterdam at the hands of FC Twente, with Dusan Tadic scoring twice.


EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Cash-strapped Hearts started to claw back the 15-point deficit for entering bankruptcy protection by beating Hibernian 1-0 in the Scottish Premiership’s Edinburgh derby on Sunday.

Callum Paterson headed in the winner in the 72nd minute to lift bottom-place Hearts to minus 12 points.

Hearts, who lost their season opener last weekend, were handed the penalty after entering financial administration with debts of around $45million.

Also Sunday, Aberdeen came from behind to end a near five-year wait for a league victory over Motherwell, winning 3-1.

Henri Anier put last season’s runners-up ahead after just one minute. But Aberdeen’s comeback began in the second half, with Niall McGinn scoring two penalties and Mark Reynolds heading home against his former club.

There was also a drab 0-0 draw between Kilmarnock and St. Johnstone.


LONDON (AP) — Robin van Persie reinforced his status as Manchester United’s leading striker during Wayne Rooney’s absence Sunday by clinching a 2-0 victory over Wigan to open the David Moyes era with a win in the Community Shield.

Van Persie headed United in front after six minutes and netted again with a deflected strike in the 59th in the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season, which pits the defending Premier League champion against the FA Cup winner.

“Robin scored two today and that’s what we rely on,” midfielder Michael Carrick said.

Van Persie took just six minutes to find the net at a sun-drenched Wembley Stadium in north London.

After Van Persie sent the ball to Evra on the left flank, the left back crossed the ball back to the Dutchman in the penalty area to head past goalkeeper Scott Carson. He added the second in the 59th, when his low shot from inside the area took a deflection off James Perch to fly past Scott Carson into the net.

It was United’s first visit to Wembley without Alex Ferguson since 1985. The 71-year-old Scot retired in May after nearly 27 years as manager.

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