Bundesliga - Minnows Paderborn denied win in maiden Bundesliga game

Promoted Paderborn were denied a dream start to life in the Bundesliga when Mainz salvaged a 2-2 draw with a stoppage time penalty on Sunday.

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Players of Paderborn celebrate their second goal during the Bundesliga match between SC Paderborn and FSV Mainz 05 at Benteler Arena

Despite a squad budget of around five million euros (£4m) - the smallest in the league - minnows Paderborn refused to buckle against their more experienced rivals, rewarding their 14,000 fans with their first point in their maiden top-flight appearance.

Japan international Shinji Okazaki fired Mainz into the lead after tapping in from five metres following a free kick.

The North Rhine-Westphalian club, who finished a surprise second in the second division last season, kept their cool and earned an equaliser with Elias Kachunga's powerful drive from 17 metres.

Uwe Huenemeier's header three minutes from time from a Marvin Bakalorz cross triggered wild celebrations as the hosts thought they had sealed a memorable first win.

But Mainz kept at it, Okazaki rattling the post with a header in the last minute of regular time as they dug deep to avoid a season-opening defeat.

They were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after Huenemeier went from hero to villain in just a few minutes, bringing down Okazaki. Koo Ja-cheol converted the spot kick to save Mainz's blushes.

Borussia Moenchengladbach needed a 90th minute equaliser from World Cup winner Christoph Kramer to draw 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart in Sunday's other match.

He rescued a 1-1 draw with his 90th minute equaliser after Alexandru Maxim had profited from a deflection and a fine pass from Christian Gentner to give Stuttgart the lead early in the second half.

New arrival Thorgan Hazard, brother of Belgium international Eden, pumped some life into their game when he hit the post minutes after coming on in the second half.

But it was fellow substitute Kramer, who had come on in the 74th minute, who snatched the last-gasp equaliser and a point for the hosts with a low drive from inside the box.

Champions Bayern Munich got off to a winning start on Friday, beating VfL Wolfsburg 2-1, while last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund slumped to a 2-0 home defeat against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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