GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored a second-half equalizer as Schalke came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home against surprising Maribor in their Champions League match on Tuesday.
Damjan Bohar put Maribor ahead in the 37th, while Huntelaar equalized in the 56th. On both goals, another player appeared to be offside and to hinder the respective goalkeeper, but the calls never came.
"We started well but then we conceded a stupid counter-attack goal," Huntelaar said. "We made it difficult for ourselves. We were slow and careless and made too many mistakes."Both teams also drew their opening matches and have two points each in Group G. Chelsea leads the group with four points following a 1-0 win at Sporting Lisbon.
It was a frustrating night for Schalke, which had more possession but could not translate the dominance into more goals. Maribor often defended with eight men but always looked dangerous on the break.
Bohar scored after Mitja Viler was left unmarked on the left and sent in a cross to Bohar, who fired home.
But it was Viler's disastrous back pass that led to Huntelaar's equalizer. Viler had already won the ball but then inexplicably played it back toward his own area and Huntelaar swooped in to slot it into the corner.
Maribor's goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic made two saves from Julian Draxler, and Kevin-Prince Boateng's voley sailed wide.
"We should have used our chances," Schalke coach Jens Keller said. "We played well early in the game. We showed will power and we tried our best, there is nothing to reproach my players."
"We conceded a stupid goal and once they went ahead it was difficult. Maribor defended very deep," Keller said.
Schalke midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta also said his team conceded a "stupid goal."
"This is a small setback but I am sure that we will advance from the group," Barnetta said.