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Bayern and Schalke Battle To 1-1 Draw

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Not the result Bayern wanted at the Allianz Arena

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This game marked several milestones for a few different players. Holger Badstuber made his return to the Allianz Arena, albeit in a different teams colors. Xabi Alonso made his 100th appearance in a Bayern shirt and Phillipp Lahm made his whopping 500th appearance when he came on as a late substitute.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti opted to rest several regular starters for the midweek Pokal clash against Wolfsburg, but Bayern still got out to a good start early with Robert Lewandowski finding the back of the net nine minutes in. Bayern would get complacent, however, as Schalke answered right back less than five minutes later on a free kick from Naldo. It was an effort that Manuel Neuer should have saved, but it was also a nice threading shot from the 34 year old who scored his first goal since 2015.

From there, things really started to open up as Bayern and Schalke would exchange shots off the crossbar from Guido Bergstaller and Robert Lewandowski, but Schalke went into the dressing room with their heads held high, clearly riding high on their new found confidence.

After the restart, Schalke looked a far different side than the ones who lost to Eintracht Frankfurt the previous week. They were organized defensively and potent in the counter attack. Sead Kolasinac had the left side locked up, frustrating Arjen Robben, who, aside from his work on the opening goal, struggled to produce much of anything for most of the game. After a double switch later on in the match, Bayern started to play with some urgency in the final few minutes. While they created many scoring chances late, it was all for naught as Schalke walked off the pitch with a well earned away point.