GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) – Montpellier’s Souleymane Camara scored a 90th-minute equaliser to snatch a 2-2 draw at Schalke 04 in their Champions League Group B match on Wednesday.
Teenager Julian Draxler had cancelled out Montpellier’s 13th-minute lead through Karim Ait-Fana with a fine goal of his own in the 26th after a pinpoint through ball from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
He then earned a penalty early in the second half that left the visitors with 10 men after Garry Bocaly was sent off. Dutch striker Huntelaar had no problem converting it.
However, Camara scored with a last-gasp effort to earn a draw after Schalke had missed a handful of chances.
Schalke, Champions League semi-finalists in 2011, are on four points with Montpellier earning their first point in the group.
Schalke coach Huub Stevens surprisingly left Ibrahim Afellay, on loan from Barcelona, and midfielder Jefferson Farfan on the bench, opting for a 4-4-2 with Finland international Teemu Pukki partnering Huntelaar in attack.
The visitors scored first when Morocco international Ait-Fana curled an unstoppable 17-metre shot past keeper Lars Unnerstall for a surprise lead after a cautious start from both teams.
The goal woke up Schalke and Draxler twice beat his marker to threaten with close-range efforts as Stevens had a heated, brief exchange with Montpellier counterpart Rene Girard on the touchline.
Draxler did better in the 26th when Huntelaar sent the teenager through with a perfect defence-splitting ball and he rounded the keeper to level.
Seven minutes after the restart he was awarded a penalty with Bocaly getting his marching orders.
Draxler was taken off with an arm injury as Huntelaar scored from the spot.
Schalke had to endure whistles from their own fans for taking their foot off the gas after the second goal and were punished for their loss of focus with Camara’s fine shot.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Clare Fallon)
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