Football: Schalke held in six-goal thriller as new-boys shine

Hamburg SV's Lasse Sobiech (centre) scores a goal against Schalke 04 during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen on Aug 11, 2013. Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new-signings grabb
Hamburg SV's Lasse Sobiech (centre) scores a goal against Schalke 04 during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match in Gelsenkirchen on Aug 11, 2013. Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new-signings grabbed the limelight on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Schalke 04 and Hamburg shared the points in a 3-3 thriller on Sunday as new-signings grabbed the limelight on the opening weekend of the Bundesliga season.

Both defending champions Bayern Munich, who beat Moenchengladbach 3-1 on Friday, and Borussia Dortmund, who won 4-0 at Augsburg on Saturday, picked up wins on the opening weekend of the new season.

Schalke's new-signing Adam Szalai scored the Royal Blues' crucial third goal to share the points with Hamburg while Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang marked his Dortmund debut with a hat-trick.

Mainz's Shinji Okazaki of Japan and Leverkusen's South Korea star Son Heung Min both also scored on their respective debuts for their new clubs.

Schalke took the lead at home to Hamburg when Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar struck after just 84 seconds before compatriot Rafael van der Vaart netted a 12th-minute penalty to level for the guests.

Striker Maximilian Beister produced a bullet header on 24 minutes to put Hamburg in front before Huntelaar levelled right at the end of the first half making it 2-2 at the break.

Ex-Dortmund defender Lasse Sobiech then headed the hosts ahead just after half-time before Hungary's Szalai, who joined Schalke from Mainz in the summer, pounced on a mistake by Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler on 72 minutes to share the points.

Earlier, fellow new-boy Okazaki netted in Mainz 05's 3-2 home win over his ex-club VfB Stuttgart - who he left last month.

Mainz picked up three points when Germany midfielder Nicolai Mueller netted goals either side of Okazaki's 65th-minute strike.

Mueller scored his first after just 14 minutes, but Bosnia striker Vedad Ibisevic levelled just two minutes later for Stuttgart.

Okazaki, who joined Mainz on July 1 in a three-year deal after two years at Stuttgart, and slotted home his team's second when he converted a cross from Czech Republic defender Zdenek Pospech before Meuller made it 3-1, 12 minutes from time.

Stuttgart's Martin Harnik gave his side hope with eight minutes left to make it 3-2, but hosts Mainz hung on.

On Saturday, Aubameyang, 24, showed why Dortmund paid French League Cup winners St Etienne 13 million euros (US$21.8 million) for him as he became the sixth player in Bundesliga history to hit three goals on his debut in Borussia's 4-0 win at Augsburg.

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty in the dying stages to complete Augsburg's misery.

South Korea's Son also netted on his first competitive appearance for Champions League hopefuls Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-1 win at home to Freiburg.

Hertha Berlin marked their return to the top-flight after a year's absence with a stunning 6-1 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Colombia striker Adrian Ramos and Tunisia forward Sami Allagui each scored twice in the hammering at Berlin's Olympic Stadium while a first-half penalty from Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Alex Meier was all the guests could muster.

Hanover 96 enjoyed a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, who finished with nine men after both midfielder Maximilian Arnold and Swiss defender Timm Klose were sent off.

Hoffenheim were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Nuremberg while Werder Bremen edged newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 with Austria midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic hitting the 82-minute winner.