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Wolfsburg open with win

VfL Wolfsburg got off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory at Augsburg yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Star off-season signing, Germany striker Mario Gomez - the Bundesliga's top scorer over the last decade - was not in the starting line-up as he regains his fitness after injury at Euro 2016.

But his new teammates picked up three points without him.

Wolves took the lead when Dutch striker Bas Dost fired across the face of goal and new signing Daniel Didavi lashed home a shot from the edge of the area on 35 minutes.

Swiss international left back Ricardo Rodriguez then drove in a low free-kick on 89 minutes.

Cologne enjoyed a 2-0 win at Darmstadt as Marcel Risse and Anthony Modeste both netted for the hosts.

Hamburg were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ingolstadt as US international Bobby Wood's fine opening goal for the hosts was cancelled out by a late finish from Austria international Lukas Hinterseer.

Schalke 04 opened their season with a 1-0 defeat by 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt, as captain Alex Meier scored the first-half winner.

There was plenty of second-half drama as Meier had a penalty saved before the hosts were reduced to 10 men when their Jamaica international centre back Michael Hector was sent off for hauling down Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who was through on goal.

Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at home in a battle of two of Germany's Champions League representatives.

Andre Hahn scored for Gladbach just before the half-time whistle, only for Finland's Joel Pohjanpalo to equalise on his debut on 79 minutes, before Lars Stindl hit the winner five minutes from time. - AFP.

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