BERLIN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 needed a Halil Altintop goal four minutes from time to scrape a 1-1 draw away to VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. Jacek Krzynowek swept Wolfsburg into the lead with a free kick in the 36th minute. The home side had Josue sent off just after the break and Schalke eventually took advantage when Kevin Kuranyi teed up Altintop for the equaliser. That was enough for Schalke to keep their unbeaten record but after three games they are already four points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who have maximum points from three games following a 3-0 win at home to Hanover 96 on Saturday. Arminia Bielefeld are second on seven points after beating Hertha Berlin 2-0, while VfL Bochum are behind them on goal difference after a 2-1 success at home to Hamburg SV on Friday. Eintracht Frankfurt joined them on seven points when they beat bottom club Hansa Rostock 1-0 on Sunday. Schalke, who finished runners-up to VfB Stuttgart last season, are in sixth place with five points.
DESERVED LEADWolfsburg, now coached by former Bayern boss Felix Magath, were well worth their lead against title hopefuls Schalke. It came when they won a free kick a few metres outside the box and Polish forward Krzynowek stepped up to bend the ball in to the top left-hand corner. Josue received a second booking for a challenge on Jermaine Jones and with the advantage in numbers Schalke took control. Kuranyi and Jones forced great saves from Simon Jentzsch and Ivan Rakitic rattled the crossbar with a shot from 20 metres before Altintop's coolly taken goal gave Schalke a point they just about deserved. Stuttgart and Werder Bremen have four points apiece after they got their first wins of the season on Saturday. Stuttgart won 1-0 at home to Duisburg, while Werder beat Nuremberg 1-0.