Dortmund rescue point
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Westfalenstadion side had been tipped as one of the leading contenders to challenge Bayern in the Bundesliga title race, but have slipped up early.
Hot prospect Hamit Altintop was the sole contributor for Schalke netting a brace in the contest. His first came just before the break and the second on the hour mark.
With the visitors staring defeat in the face debutant Flavio pulled a goal back shortly after, but they had to wait until injury time for Marcio Amoroso to steal a last-gap equaliser.
Schalke's task of snatching an even later goal was hindered as the side finished with 10 men following Gerald Asamoah's sending off.
Werder Bremen got their new campaign off to a flyer following an impressive 3-0 away victory over Hertha Berlin.
Goals from Ailton and Johan Micoud had the visitors 2-0 up just 21 minutes in, before a second after the break from the Brazilian striker sealed the three points.
Bayer Leverkusen went some way to eradicating last season's dismal form with a comfortable 4-1 win over newly-promoted Freiburg.
Sascha Riether levelled Robson Ponte's opener, but there was still time before the interval for Lucio and Juan to put the home side in command.
Experienced striker Oliver Neuville made sure of the result when he added his side's fourth just after the hour mark.
Hannover get their new campaign off to a cracker with an impressive 3-0 away victory over Hamburg.
Hamburg finished fourth last season, but looked a shadow of the side that nearly sneaked ahead of Dortmund last term.
Jiri Stajner fired Hannover ahead early, but the visitors had to wait until Tomas Brdaric and Mohammadou Idrissou scored late on before the result was secure.
Kaiserslautern look set to struggle for the second straight season following an opening day defeat to 1860 Munich.
Shortly after Bill Tchato was dismissed for the Fritz-Walter-Stadion side, Markus Schroth bagged the winner just before the half time interval.
Wolfsburg squandered a two-goal advantage at home to Bochum, but showed great character in running out 3-2 winners.
Pablo Thiam and Diego Klimowicz had the home side in control early, however quick fire strikes from Peter Madsen and Frank Fahrenhort sent Bochum level at the break.
With the match heading for a draw Martin Petrov was on hand to earn The Wolves all three points with just 15 minutes remaining.
Click below for Bundesliga summaries:
Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 SC Freiburg
FC Kaiserslautern 0-1 1860 Munich
Hamburg 0-3 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin 0-3 Werder Bremen
Schalke 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Wolfsburg 3-2 VFL Bochum
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