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FC Bayern Munich held by FC Schalke 04 as Phillip Lahm makes 500th appearance

FC Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 home draw with FC Schalke 04 as Philipp Lahm made his 500th appearance for the Bavarian club.

football Updated: Feb 04, 2017 22:28 IST
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Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller of FC Bayern Munich react at the end of the game against FC Schalke 04.(REUTERS)

Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern Munich survived several first-half scares in a 1-1 home draw with FC Schalke 04 on Saturday as Philipp Lahm made his 500th appearance for the Bavarian club.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern an early lead but Naldo quickly replied for the Royal Blues who then squandered several chances to go ahead.

Bayern finished stronger, however, and only two superb last-gasp interceptions by Schalke defender Matija Nastasic denied them a late winner.

The Bavarians have 46 points from 19 games, four ahead of RB Leipzig who travel to Borussia Dortmund later on Saturday.

Schalke's Naldo, left, and Bayern's Thomas Mueller challenge for the ball. (AP)

Lewandowski finished off a flowing move by clipping the ball over Ralf Faehrmann for this 15th goal of the season in the ninth minute but Schalke levelled four minutes later when Naldo’s low free kick found its way past Manuel Neuer.

Neuer denied Sead Kolasinac who had a clear run on goal, Guido Burgstaller hit the crossbar and Leon Goretzka dallied too long over a shot as Schalke threatened to hand Bayern a first home defeat of the season.

Lahm came on in the second half to a rapturous reception and Schalke were forced on to the back foot as Bayern took control.

Javi Martinez drilled a shot just wide and Nastasic took the ball off Thomas Mueller’s foot just as he was about to shoot before nipping in to deny Kingsley Coman with another last-ditch tackle.

First Published: Feb 04, 2017 22:28 IST