Bayern stage two-goal comeback at Schalke
BERLIN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw away to Schalke 04 on Sunday, leaving both sides three points behind Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen.
Schalke were much the better side in the first half and moved clear through goals from Peter Lovenkrands and Levan Kobiashvili.
Bayern would have fallen further behind but for an outstanding save from Oliver Kahn and the champions gave themselves a lifeline when Andreas Ottl got a goal back at the very end of the first half.
Roy Makaay scored a fine equaliser seven minutes after the break and despite several clear chances the visitors had to settle for a draw.
The result left both sides trailing leaders Werder Bremen, who were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at home to Energie Cottbus on Saturday.
With 10 games played, Werder have 20 points, two ahead of VfB Stuttgart following their 4-2 win away to Alemannia Aachen on Saturday.
Bayern, who have yet to win at the Arena AufSchalke in seven matches, are third on 17 points, with Schalke just behind them on goal difference.
There was a strange quiet in the ground early on, as Schalke fans unhappy with the team's start to the season chose to stay silent for the first 19 minutes 04 seconds -- a reference to the date of the club's foundation in 1904.
By that time Schalke were a goal ahead, following a tap-in from Lovenkrands in the 13th minute from a Gustavo Varela cross.
The crowd began clapping in the 20th minute and within seconds they were roaring with delight as Kobiashvili blasted into the top left-hand corner from distance, giving Oliver Kahn no chance.
Bayern were truly awful in the opening half hour and only a magnificent reflex save from Kahn kept them in the game in the 29th minute.
Makaay had a goal ruled out for offside as Bayern showed signs of reviving and Ottl's strike following a free kick at the end of the first half gave them renewed hope.
The equaliser was quick in coming after the break as Makaay beat three men and shot low past Manuel Neuer, who was surprisingly chosen in goal in place of Frank Rost.
'It was important that we got that goal just before halftime,' said coach Felix Magath. 'It gave us a boost and we ended up being the better team. We deserved the point.'