International Soccer

Koo's late PK denies Paderborn

Paderborn, Germany ( - Paderborn was denied three points in its Bundesliga debut by a late penalty kick from Ja-Cheol Koo of Mainz, forcing the club to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Shinji Okazaki put Mainz in front 34 minutes into the contest, but his goal was canceled out four minutes later by Elias Kachunga for the home side.

Uwe Hunemeier looked to have won the match for Paderborn with a headed goal three minutes from time, only for Koo to fire home a stoppage-time penalty kick to save a point for his side.

Paderborn was making its debut in the top flight after earning promotion last season, and the hosts fell behind 11 minutes before halftime when a free kick from Johannes Geis struck the post and was stabbed home on the rebound by Okazaki.

However, Paderborn responded well and Kachunga scored the first Bundesliga goal ever for the club four minutes later by taking advantage of a poor pass in the Mainz defense to fire a shot into the bottom corner of the net from 20 yards.

Paderborn pushed for a winner after the break and looked to have found it in the 87th minute with a wonderful looped header from Hunemeier that made its way over the head of Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius.

But Hunemeier handed Mainz a penalty kick a few minutes later when he brought down Okazaki inside the box, allowing Koo to convert from the spot to level the match.

Sunday's other contest saw Monchengladbach snatch a late equalizer from Cristoph Kramer in a 1-1 draw with Stuttgart, which took the lead through a 51st-minute goal from Alexandru Maxim.

08/24 13:23:27 ET

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