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Leverkusen and Mainz get off to winning start

Bayer Leverkusen got their Bundesliga season off to a good start with a 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. Mainz had an impressive 2-0 win against rivals Stuttgart, with both goals scored by new signings.

Augusto and Ballack celebrating the a goal

Leverkusen's Renato Augusto of Brazil celebrated his goal with Michael Ballack

A crowd of 73,300 came out to Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park ground to see Bayer Leverkusen win over Dortmund in a match between two sides which are expected to be among the title challengers this season.

Leverkusen welcomed back German midfielder Michael Ballack following his much-awaited move from Chelsea.

His teammates Traquillo Barnetta and Renato Augusto scored two goals in the first half to beat Dortmund 2-0.

Mainz on form

Mainz players celebrate

Two new boys scored the winning goals for Mainz

Mainz kicked off their season with an impressive 2-0 victory over visitors Stuttgart, with both goals coming from new signings.

Tunisian striker Sami Allagui scored from the edge of the box in the 26th minute, before Morten Rasmussen, on loan from Celtic, doubled their lead with a dipping header from 16 meters early in the second half.

Stuttgart take on Slovan Bratislava on Thursday in the return leg of Europa League qualifying. The Germans won the first leg in Slovakia 1-0.

After the first weekend of Bundesliga action, Hoffenheim have an early lead in the league table, courtesy of their 4-1 home win against Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Author: Joanna Impey (dpa/Reuters)
Editor: Kyle James

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