Bundesliga Wrap Wk 1: Nigerian duo start on losing note

German Bundesliga By: Ayodeji Tunde | 21/08/2017

The Nigerian duo of Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen were condemned to opening day losses in the German Bundesliga which got off to a thrilling start last Friday.

Both players were denied any playing time in the weekend games as Mainz were beaten by Hannover and Wolfsburg thrashed by Borussia Dortmund.

Sunday games

Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach kicked off their new Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 home win over rivals Cologne thanks to Nico Elvedi's 49th-minute strike.

In Sunday's early match, Sebastien Haller struck the crossbar as Eintracht Frankfurt came close to victory at Freiburg.

The striker hit the woodwork with a right-foot shot 36 minutes into a game of few clear-cut chances which ultimately ended 0-0.

Saturday fixtures

On Saturday, Borussia Dortmund coasted past Wolfsburg 3-0 to hand new boss Pierre Bosz the perfect start to managerial life in the Bundesliga.

The visitors kick-started their new campaign in style, with Christian Pulisic, Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all on target in a straightforward victory.

Hoffenheim left it late but edged out Werder Bremen 1-0, thanks to substitute Andrej Kramaric's 84th-minute winner.

Former Leicester star Kramaric's deflected effort swiped the points, with boss Julian Nagelsmann's late double switch, throwing on Serge Gnabry too, paying the dividend.

Australia striker Mathew Leckie struck twice on his league debut as Hertha Berlin saw off Stuttgart 2-0, with the former Ingoldstadt man finding the net twice after the break to seal the win.

Leckie opened the scoring less than a minute into the second half, cutting in from the right before firing home. And wen he swept home a cross just past the hour, he completed a memorable, match-winning debut.

Nicolai Muller struck the winning goal in just the eighth minute as Hamburg edged out Augsburg 1-0. But the 29-year-old forward injured himself in his celebration and was replaced after 15 minutes with a knee injury.

Muller fell off balance when colliding with the corner flag during his customary spinning goal celebration, twisting a knee in the process and ending his day's exploits prematurely.

Hannover toasted their return to the top flight with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Mainz.

Martin Harnik fired home to ensure the visitors sneaked away with all three points after Mainz had squandered several good first-half chances.

Harnik's close-range strike on 73 minutes settled the affair, with the forward quickly back into his stride after netting 17 times in Bundesliga 2 last term.

Nabil Bentaleb's penalty and a cool finish from Yevhen Konoplyanka handed Schalke a 2-0 home win over Leipzig.

Last season's Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig were unable to pick up where they left off last term, with ex-Spurs man Bentaleb showing no mercy from the spot to hand his side the lead just before the break.

Bayern bright start

Debut goals from Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich get the defence of their Bundesliga title off to a winning 3-1 start on Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen.

 Robert Lewandowski was also on target in the season-opener, scoring from the spot.

Germany - Bundesliga  Results 

August 18

Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

August 19

Hamburger SV 1 - 0 Augsburg

Hertha Berlin 2 - 0 VfB Stuttgart

Hoffenheim 1 - 0 Werder Bremen

Mainz 05 0 - 1 Hannover 96

Wolfsburg 0 - 3 Borussia Dortmund

Schalke 04 2 - 0 RasenBallsport Leipzig

August 20

Freiburg 0 - 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 - 0 FC Cologne