Dortmund follow Bayern’s lead

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A review of the weekend’s action in Germany’s Bundesliga, including wins for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

RB Leipzig marked their Bundesliga debut with a draw as Marcel Sabitzer’s last-minute goal earned the league newcomers a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim.

Lukas Rupp put the hosts in front, but Dominik Kaiser etched his name in the history books as the scorer of Leipzig’s first ever Bundesliga goal.

Mark Uth thought he had won it for Hoffenheim when he struck in the 83rd minute but Austria’s Sabitzer ensured Leipzig did not go away empty handed from their first Bundesliga outing as the 55th club to appear in Germany’s top flight.

In Sunday’s other game, Hertha Berlin beat Freiburg 2-1 with most of the drama condensed into the three final minutes of stoppage time.

The hosts led through Vladimir Darida’s goal against his former club – but Freiburg thought they had salvaged a point when Nicolas Hofler headed in Vincenzo Grifo’s corner.

Julian Schieber had other ideas, though, and his deflected shot earned the Old Lady all three points at the Olympiastadion.

Despite just starting this weekend, the Bundesliga now takes a two-week break for international fixtures before resuming with Schalke hosting Bayern Munich on Friday, September 9.

Borussia Dortmund followed Bayern Munich’s lead by winning their opening game of the Bundesliga season on Saturday, although it was not plain sailing.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on target twice as the Westphalians beat Mainz 2-1, Yoshinori Muto’s consolation scant reward for a strong Mainz side.

On Friday night, Robert Lewandowski scored his second hat-trick in eight days as Bayern Munich began the defence of their Bundesliga title with a 6-0 mauling of Werder Bremen.

Lewandowski scored three in last Friday’s 5-0 DFB-Pokal thrashing of Carl Zeiss Jena and he repeated the feat against Bremen as Bayern enjoyed a flying start to the 54th Bundesliga season.

Xabi Alonso got things rolling for Carlo Ancelotti’s men with an early opener and two Lewandowski goals gave the home side a 3-0 lead at the start of the second half.

Captain Philipp Lahm got in on the act before Franck Ribery made it five and Lewandowski completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot, piling on the misery on a Bremen side who were eliminated from the DFB-Pokal in the first round last week.

Back to Saturday’s action and Borussia Monchengladbach continued their winning form from DFB-Pokal and Champions League play-off matches by beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Andre Hahn and Lars Stindl scored the goals for the Foals with Joel Pohjanpalo’s first Bundesliga goal not enough for the Werkself.

Elsewhere, Cologne impressed in a 2-0 win over Darmstadt with Marcel Risse and Anthony Modeste on target, while Wolfsburg won in Augsburg by the same scoreline.

Daniel Didavi and Ricardo Rodriguez supplied the goals for Dieter Hecking’s men, who do not have European football to distract them this season after finishing eighth last season.

Their hosts are also without European football this term after their memorable maiden campaign in the Europa League last year, while their new coach Dirk Schuster appears to have a challenge on his hands as Markus Weinzierl’s replacement.

Weinzierl did not have things his own way on his debut as Schalke coach with Eintracht Frankfurt getting the better of his team thanks to their prolific midfielder Alexander Meier.

His goal was enough for a 1-0 win over the Royal Blues, while he could also afford to miss a penalty in a game which saw on-loan Chelsea defender Michael Hector dismissed on his Bundesliga debut.

Finally, Hamburg had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Ingolstadt as Lukas Hinterseer, who also equalised in the corresponding fixture last season, cancelled out Bobby Wood’s first Bundesliga goal to leave much of the Volksparkstadion disappointed.

 

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