Owen saves Bayern's blushes
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
ENGLAND ace Owen Hargreaves struck an injury time equaliser for German champions Bayern Munich as they grabbed a dramatic 3-3 draw at Hannover.
Hannover looked like they would seal an extraordinary win over Bayern, as they held a 3-1 lead at half time - but they just could not hold on for a memorable three points.
The 96ers took the lead after just nine minutes through Nebojsa Krupnikovic and then Jiri Stajner doubled their advantage just before the half hour mark.
German star Michael Ballack then pulled one back for Bayern, but Danish striker Thomas Christiansen added a third just before the interval.
Bayern came out strong, as you would expect, and Peruvian Claudio Pizarro made it 3-2 just four minutes into the second period.
Ottmar Hitzfeld's side, though, were held for the rest of the half and even the sending off of Mohammadou Idrissou with just six minutes left, did not seem to hamper Hannover's efforts.
However, with the home fans praying for the final whistle, Hargreaves - included from the start in central midfield yet again - lined up a 20-yard effort and beat Gerhard Tremmel in the home goal to seal a share of the spoils.
After only drawing on the first day of the season, Borussia Dortmund kick started their season with a convincing 4-0 win over Wolfsburg.
Czech Republic star Tomas Rosicky struck a brace (24 & 51) to set Dortmund up, after which Marcio Amoroso (74) and Jan Koller (87) doubled their advantage.
Schalke came from behind to seal a point at 1860 Munich.
Markus Schroth put the home side ahead after 20 minutes, but Uruguayan Dario Rodriguez pounced the equaliser on the hour mark.
Kaiserlautern came from behind to win at Cologne and are now out of negative points, after starting the season four points adrift of their competitors.
The Red Devils will be delighted to have clawed back their disadvantage after just two games and they did with a terrific success at Cologne.
The home side took the lead after 37 minutes when Marius Ebbers struck, but German international Miroslav Klose levelled things up just two minutes later.
Kaiserslautern were then reduced to ten men when their goalkeeper Tim Wiese was dismissed for his second bookable offence.
However, despite being a man down, they grabbed victory when Dimitrios Grammozis scored with just 14 minutes left.
Newly promoted Freiburg picked up their first point of the season as they came from behind to seal a 2-2 draw against Hansa Rostock.
Hansa went into half time with a 2-0 advantage after goals from Rade Prica (11) and Martin Max (44).
However, Freiburg came back strong in the second period and Soumaila Coulibaly brought them back into the game on the hour mark.
Zlatan Bajramovic was the hero for the home side as he struck the equaliser just three minutes from time.
Bochum came from behind against Hamburg to seal a 1-1 draw at The Ruhrstadion.
Japanese star Naohiro Takahara pounced for Hamburg after 19 minutes, but Peter Madsen levelled matters for Bochum on 34 minutes to give the home side a point.
Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach both move on to four points, after they played out a 1-1 draw at The Weserstadion.
Ailton had given the home side the lead just after the hour mark, but Joris van Hout struck with nine minutes remaining to give Borussia a share of the spoils.
Click below for match summaries:
1860 Munich v Schalke
Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg
Cologne v Kaiserslautern
Hannover v Bayern Munich
Freiburg Hansa Rostock
Bochum v Hamburg
Werder Bremen v Monchengladbach
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