Gladbach then missed several chances, most notably Branimir Hrgota shooting past an open net in the 48th minute, then stepping offside to ruin a 2-on-1 opening in the 68th. Kramer, who famously was literally knocked out of the World Cup final after getting a late call to start, came on as a 73rd minute substitute and immediately struck the right post. That looked to be as close as the home side would come before he produced in the final minute of normal time.
The first Bundesliga match in SC Paderborn 07’s history proved a roller-coaster as the newly-promoted side had the Benteler-Arena crowd singing of an apparent debut victory only for FSV Mainz 05 escape with a stoppage time penalty and a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
Paderborn captain Uwe Hunemeier was at the center of the emotional swing. It was his header to a Marvin Bakalorz cross in the 87th minute that gave Paderborn the late advantage. Mainz keeper Loris Karios could only help the ball into the net. It was also Hunemeier, however, who clattered into the back of Shinji Okazaki in the third stoppage minute to concede the spot kick from which Koo Ja-Choel leveled matters.
Paderborn keeper Lukas Kruse had denied Koo in the 32rd minute with a super save just before Mainz took the lead two minutes later. A Johannes Geis free kick beat Kruse at his right-hand post, and came back off the woodwork for Okazaki to tap in. The hosts were level three minutes later when Elias Kachunga pounced on a loose ball 22 yards out, turned quickly and beat Karios to the near left post.
Karim Bellarabi’s fastest goal in the history of the Bundesliga on Saturday and Junior Malanda’s Friday night miss, which also have been something of a record for inefficiency, featured an opening weekend that saw defending champions Bayern Munich start with a success and Bayer Leverkusen take the most significant scalp.
Cup holders Bayern will travel to Hamburger SV while Eintracht Frankfurt hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach in the two top flight contests. Dynamo Dresden, the third division side which stunned Schalke, were rewarded with a home draw against second division VfL Bochum. Dortmund, last year’s runner-up, goes to FC St. Pauli.