BERLIN, Aug 30, 2014 (AFP): Xabi Alonso made his Bayern Munich debut and Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal for the club as the defending champions drew 1-1 at Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Alonso was handed his first start at Bayern a day after completing his transfer from Real Madrid and he watched ex-Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski open the scoring after 10 minutes. Shortly before being substituted, the Spanish midfielder was involved when Schalke equalised on 62 minutes. Alonso attempted to execute a sliding goal line clearance only to see the ball bounce into the net off Benedikt Hoewedes’ arm. Despite Bayern’s protests, the goal stood and the home team comfortably held on to end a run of seven defeats in a row against the Bavarians. The result means that Bayer Leverkusen sit top of the table after Roger Schmidt’s side came from behind twice to beat Hertha Berlin 4-2 earlier.
Bayern almost got the opening goal after only four minutes when Ralf Fahrmann saved from Thomas Mueller but Pep Guardiola’s side did not have to wait much longer. Sebastian Rode was the architect, playing a one-two with Lewandowski inside the penalty area to leave the Polish international with an easy finish. A rash clearance from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer almost gifted Schalke an equaliser before half-time. But Schalke full-back Kaan Ayhan was unable to hit the unguarded goal from the halfway line. Bayern seemed content to sit on their lead and Schalke eventually drew level when a Sidney Sam free-kick was poorly dealt with. Alonso did his best to prevent a header across goal finding the net and there was little Hoewedes could do to prevent the ball going in off his arm.