(CNN) -- Bochum staged a remarkable second-half comeback to wipe out a 3-0 deficit and grab a point in their Bundesliga opener at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.
Stanislav Sestak (second left) celebrates his goal as Bochum fought back to draw with Moenchengladbach.
Both sides struggled last season, narrowly avoiding the drop, but any thoughts of early-season negativity were quickly banished in a pulsating encounter.
Juan Arango, Roberto Colautti and Roel Brouwers seemingly put the visitors out of sight at half-time but two goals from Mimoun Azaouagh and a Stanislav Sestak effort saw it end in stalemate.
Bochum's equalizer came three minutes after Moenchengladbach were reduced to 10 men when Dante was dismissed for hauling down Sestak when the striker was clean through.
Michael Frontzeck's Moenchengladbach side opened the scoring after 19 minutes when Arango converteda Colautti pass.
The visitors doubled their advantage seven minutes later, Tobias Levels crossing for Colautti to head past home keeper Philipp Heerwagen.
Arango then created a third five minutes before the break as Moenchengladbach continued to run riot. The Venezuela international whipped over a center which Brouwers met with a header which flew into the top right-hand corner of the net.
The home fans made their feelings known at the interval and it seemed to spur their side on following the restart.
Diego Klimowicz should have reduced the arrears within three minutes but chipped weakly at Bochum goalkeeper Christofer Heimeroth.
Azaouagh was more clinical after 51 minutes, cracking home a 25-meter effort which gave Heimeroth no chance -- and the former Schalke midfielder netted again a minute later, succeeding with an almost identical effort.
Dante's red card gave Bochum's fightback further momentum and Sestak grabbed the leveller when he fired home a cross from the impressive Azaouagh.
Meanwhile, newly-promoted Freiburg and Hamburg shared the points in a 1-1 draw in the day's other match.
Jonathan Pitroipa opened the scored for Hamburg after just three minutes but Tommy Bechmann levelled for the home side midway through the second half.