After the opening weekend of the Bundesliga, it appears that normal service has resumed for Bayern Munich. Bayern undeniably have looked off colour much of pre-season, culminating in their 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Super Cup 2 weeks ago. Despite loosing Toni Kroos to Real Madrid and Javi Martinez to an expected season long cruciate ligament injury, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben eased Bayern to a 2-0 lead at home against Wolfsburg. Ex Bayern striker Ivica Olic pulled one back on 52 minutes with a fantastic 18-yard shot. Despite Bayern dominating the statistics, the Belgian midfielder Junior Malanda came agonisingly close to equalising when he missed from point blank range following a shot rebounding off the crossbar.
The shock of the weekend was arguably Borussia Dortmund losing 0-2 at home to rivals Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen stunned the home crowd with the fastest ever recorded Bundesliga goal after just 9 seconds courtesy of Karim Bellarabi. The return of Marco Reus to the first team failed to inspire his team to victory today, with Leverkusen displaying the type of gutsy, aggressive pressing game that has become a hallmark of Borussia Dortmund in recent years. Dortmund never really recovered from the early goal and despite a few spurned chances towards the end of the match, it was Leverkusen who wrapped up the 3 points when Stefan Kiessling scoring deep in stoppage time.
Champions League hopefuls Schalke endured the worst possible start by losing 2-1 away to Hannover 96. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar opened the scoring early in the second half before Hannover rallied to score 2 goals in 3 minutes. Russian midfielder Edgar Prib struck the equalizer on 67 minutes and new signing Joselu put Hannover ahead on 70 minutes with a fantastic 20 yard strike capping off an excellent counter attacking move.
Eintracht Frankfurt got their season up and running with a 1-0 home victory against SC Freiburg. In a game with few clear cut chances for the home side, striker Haris Seferovic gave Eintracht an early lead on 15 minutes. Despite Freiburg winning the possession stats, they struggled to break down the home team and had to settle for an opening day defeat.
Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen had to settle for a 2-2 draw in Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Julian Schieber gave the home side a 2-0 lead with a brace either side of the half time. Assani Lukiyma pulled a goal back for Werder Bremen on 53 minutes and Franco Di Santo’s header restored parity 2 minutes later.
Hoffenheim began their campaign with a lively 2-0 victory over FC Augsburg. Two goals in quick succession by Adam Szalai on 33 minutes and midfielder Tarik Elyounoussi on 35 minutes gave Hoffenheim a comfortable lead which rarely looked in threat.
Sunday saw both games end in draws, with new boys SC Paderborn 07 recording a 2-2 draw at home to Mainz. Shinji Okazaki gave Mainz the lead just after the half hour before Elias Kachunga opened leveled for Paderborn just before halftime. Defender Uwe Hunemeier thought he had won it with an 87 minute goal for Paderborn but the home sides hearts were broken in stoppage time. Ja-Cheol Koo scored a penalty with the last kick of the game after Hunemeier conceded a late foul.
Meanwhile Borussia Monchengladbach managed to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Stuttgart with a late strike from Cristoph Kramer. Stuttgart took the lead thanks to Alexandru Maxim’s 51st minute strike.
Two teams that are early favourites for the relegation battle, FC Koln and Hamburg served up a 0-0 draw, with Hamburg perhaps feeling the slightly less satisfied of the two teams after a promising display.