KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 29, 2016
Bobby Wood scored a brilliant goal on his debut for Hamburg, while John Brooks and Hertha Berlin started off their Bundesliga campaign with a thrilling win.
Hamburg 1-1 Ingolstadt
Bobby Wood made sure his transfer to Hamburg did not disappoint as he scored a goal on his debut before supporters at the Volksparkstadion.
Alfredo Morales started in the midfield for Ingolstadt, seeing 81 minutes of action and getting booked along the way.
After several seasons of struggling to survive in the Bundesliga, Die Rothosen are hoping their acquisitions in the off season will help push them to the upper half of the standings. Meanwhile, Ingolstadt, which had a fairly good debut season last year, will be hoping to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump.
The visitors had the first good opportunity at goal when Pascal Gross' collected the ball inside the penalty area, turned his defender and fired an excellent shot at goal. However, Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler would make a fine save to keep the game scoreless.
Adler would turn out to be a provider in the 30th minute when his long ball from home side's end found Wood. The 23-year-old would fend off his marker, Marvin Matip, and send a shot past Orjan Nyland at the near post to open the scoring.
Ingolstadt came close to scoring the equalizer eight minutes later when Morales got his head on a corner kick. However, he was not able to direct downward and the ball sailed just over the crossbar.
It seemed Hamburg would be able to earn the three points in the first game of the season, but tragedy struck in the 79th minute when Cleber failed to properly clear ball from the area and it found the foot of Lukas Hinterseer.
A disappointing end to what seemed to be a positive start for Hamburg.
After one game, Hamburg sit in 10th place in the standings, while Ingolstadt are just below them in 11th place.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Freiburg
Julian Schieber's goal with just seconds left in stoppage time saw the capital get their first win of the season at the
After flirting with a spot in the Champions League last season, Hertha hope they secure a place in Europe's top competition at the end of this season. After being eliminated from the Europa League, they may just have a good chance at doing so.
There was not much to talk about in the first half between the two teams, but the second half certainly made up for that uneventful period of time.
Vladimir Darida opened the scoring in the 62nd minute when Vedad Ibisevic collected a pass at the top of the box and flicked over to the Czech international who fired his shot past Alexander Schwolow.
The excitement then began in stoppage time.
Freiburg, making their return to the top division after winning last season's 2. Bundesliga title, found the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time. Nicolas Höfler would get his head on a corner kick and re-direct the ball towards the far post. The goal silenced the home fans, but a few Freiburg fans in the stadium made sure they were heard.
A share of the points would have a been good for the away side, but Hertha made sure that idea was cancelled out when they found the game-winner within seconds of the final whistle. It was a scrappy goal, but Schieber was able to make it count as the home side walked away with the win.
Hertha start of the season in sixth place in the standings.
Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen
The Bavarians picked up where they left off from last season as they started with an emphatic win at the Allianz Arena.
The heavily favored side to win the Bundesliga once again have made few changes in the off season. Their biggest moves being the signing of Portuguese teen Renato Sanches during the summer transfer window and the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as the new head coach.
On the other side, Weder Bremen will be hoping things improve for them after hovering around the relegation zone last season. On a positive note, Johannsson appears to be fit again and earned the start for his team.
Julian Green, who earned a place in the first team for the season, had a seat on the bench to watch his Bayern teammates put on a clinic for the fans.
Bayern opened the scoring in the ninth minute through Xabi Alonso. A poor clearance by Bremen saw the ball land at the feet of the Spaniard and he volleyed it home for his first goal of the season.
It did not take long for the home side to score their second goal as Robert Lewandowski ran on to a through ball from Franck Ribery and the Polish international curled it in from close range.
Lewandowski, who had two other chances to score in the first half, found his second goal within seconds of the game's restart. Thomas Muller would cross the ball into the area from the right side and the forward would get is foot on to it to re-direct towards the goal.
Philippe Lahm, Bayern's captain, would get his name on the score sheet in the 66th minute some one-two play with Muller.
Ribery scored the home side's fifth goal in the 73rd minute after another assist from Muller.
Lewandowski then got his hat-trick four minutes later from the penalty spot.
Fabian Johnson came off the bench in the 61st minute as Borussia Mönchengladbach earned a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Timmy Chandler came on for Eintracht Frankfurt in the 56th minute as an early goal gave them a 1-0 win over Schalke.
Christian Pulisic watched from the bench as Borussia Dortmund opened their Bundesliga season with a 2-1 win over Mainz.
Terrence Boyd did not dress as Bundesliga debutantes RB Leipzig shared the points in a 2-2 tie with Hoffenheim.
Andrew Wooten came off the bench and scored Sandhausen's lone goal in their 2-1 loss to Stuttgart.
Fabrice Picault came on at the start of the second half for St. Pauli in their 1-0 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
Russell Canouse came on for Bochum in the 71st minute as they settled for a 1-1 tie with Hannover.
Shawn Barry watched from the bench as FSV Frankfurt settled for a 1-1 tie with Hansa Rostock.
David Yelldell watched from the bench as Sonnenhof Großaspach had 3-0 shutout win over Hallescher FC.