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Stunning late equaliser ensures hosts open Champions League campaign with hard-fought draw

Shakhtar 2-2 Hoffenheim: Stunning late equaliser ensures hosts open Champions League campaign with hard-fought draw in Group F

  • Florian Grillitsch gave the visitors the lead before Ismaily dos Santos equalised 
  • Former West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit headed in late in the first half
  • Maycon conjured up a stunning late equaliser as points were shared  
  • Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, just 31, made his Champions League debut

A stunning long-range strike from Maicon helped Shakhtar to a draw in their opening Champions League match against Hoffenheim in Group F.

The visitors scored early on through Florian Grillitsch before Ismaily dos Santos’ equaliser.

Havard Nordtveit headed in a corner late in the first half and it looked as if Julien Nagelsmann’s men would hold on until Maycon’s late intervention. 

It looked like Nagelsmann, aged just 31, would earn a win on his Champions League debut, but Hoffenheim couldn’t hang on for all three points. 

Substitute Maycon celebrates his decisive intervention to hand Shakhtar a point

Former Hammer Havard Nordtveit scored a first-half header to hand Hoffenheim the lead

Former Hammer Havard Nordtveit scored a first-half header to hand Hoffenheim the lead

Florian Grillitsch is mobbed after striking just six minutes in to give Hoffenheim an early lead

Florian Grillitsch is mobbed after striking just six minutes in to give Hoffenheim an early lead

Aged just 31, Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann was making his Champions League debut

Aged just 31, Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann was making his Champions League debut

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