Bundesliga Matchday 1 in pictures
We go again! Bayern kick off with a draw against Hertha Berlin, while Dortmund concede early and then run riot against Augsburg. On Sunday, Union Berlin were brought back down to earth by RB Leipzig.
Union Berlin 0-4 RB Leipzig
Bundesliga newcomers Union were brought back to earth with a bang as RB Leipzig steamrolled the capital club. Just seconds after the end of an atmosphere boycott from the home fans, RB Leipzig took the lead and found themselves 3-0 up at halftime. Julian Nagelsmann's side were impressive, whereas Union looked out of place. There are 33 games to go, but the newcomers have to get to work.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Hoffenheim
A goal from Martin Hinteregger after just 35 seconds proved enough for Frankfurt to make a winning start to the new season. Filip Kostic excelled and Frankfurt could and perhaps should have scored more, but that didn't stop them securing the three points. Alfred Schreuder's side might have grabbed an equalizer, but Ishak Belfodil's header went wide off his shoulder.
Borussia Dortmund 5-1 Augsburg
The visitors stunned Dortmund with a first-minute opening goal, but Augsburg's hopes of just a fourth Bundesliga win at the Signal Iduna Park soon evaporated. Paco Alcacer scored two and set another up as Dortmund cruised to a big opening-day win, claiming an early lead over Bayern Munich in the process. Axel Witsel also stood out as a creative force in midfield.
Bayern Munich 2-2 Hertha Berlin
In his league debut, Hertha coach Ante Covic led his side to a draw with Bayern Munich. The defending champions drew first blood through Robert Lewandowski, the first goal of the new season. But goals from Dodi Lukebakio (left) and Marco Grujic swung the advantage in Hertha's favor. A Lewandowski penalty leveled the score, but the dropped points on opening night were Bayern's first since 2011.
Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Paderborn
Young star Kai Havertz started the season much as he finished the last one, scoring a classy, chipped, left-footed goal to open his 2019-20 account. But newly promoted underdogs Paderborn proved as dangerous in attack as they did last season in the second division. In the second half, Kevin Volland netted the fifth goal of the game and the Werkself held on for all three points.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 Schalke
Of the two opponents, visitors Schalke are more liable to be satisfied with a point given their struggles last season. Both captains were keepers in this game, Yann Sommer for Gladbach and Schalke's 22-year-old Alexander Nübel, and neither conceded. Perhaps the best chance fell to Schalke in the first half, but Belgian Benito Raman failed to make good contact on an excellent ball over the defense.
Werder Bremen 1-3 Düsseldorf
Despite losing key contributors like Dodi Lukebakio in the summer, Fortuna Düsseldorf kicked off with an impressive away win in Bremen. The hosts had an early goal disallowed for offside and would never lead during the remainder of the game. Rouwen Hennings, Kenan Karaman and Kaan Ayhan all scored, while Bremen's Maximilian Eggestein netted a consolation goal just after the break.
Freiburg 3-0 Mainz
Believe it or not, this game was goalless after 80 minutes! Freiburg ran riot in the closing minutes to claim all three points. Substitute Lucas Höler broke the deadlock moments after coming on, Jonathan Schmid added a second, and Luka Waldschmidt finished from the spot to complete Mainz's late capitulation.
Wolfsburg 2-1 Cologne
Cologne's Bundesliga return began with defeat on the road in the Autostadt. Maximilian Arnold put Wolfsburg in front early and Wout Weghorst doubled the lead in the second half to secure the points for the Wolves. The target man from the Netherlands netted 17 in 34 league appearances in 2018-19. Simon Terrode, top scorer in the second tier last season, pulled one back late for Cologne.