Saturday’s Bundesliga Round-up

The opening round of Bundesliga fixtures on Saturday offered plenty of action following Bayern Munich's convincing victory over Humburger SV on Friday night.

The defending champions raised the curtain on the new campaign with a ruthless performance at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern went into the first-half break with a slender advantage following Mehdi Benatia's headed goal, before Robert Lewandowski doubled their advantage with a well-time shot early in the second half. Thomas Muller netted two goals in quick succession to put the result beyond any doubt.

Despite boasting a healthy lead, Bayern didn't ease off in the closing stages and rubbed further salt in the wounds of visitors as Douglas Costa pounced on a defensive slip before slotting past the onrushing keeper on 87 minutes.

At BayArena, meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen rallied from a goal down to record a 2-1 win against Hoffenheim.

Steven Zuber put the visitors in front after just five minutes, Eugen Polanski providing the telling assist for the goal.

However, the hosts rallied magnificently and drew level through Stefan Kiessling's 45th-minute effort, before midfielder Julian Brandt netted what would turn out to be the winning goal in the 71st minute.

Hertha Berlin SC got the start they were looking for as they clinched a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Augsburg at WWK Arena.

In what proved to be an ill-tempered affair, Raúl Bobadilla saw red for the hosts in first-half injury time, before Salomon Kalou broke the deadlock from the penalty spot three minutes into the second half.

There was another sending off to come, however, with Dutch midfielder Roy Beerens heading down the tunnel for an early shower after picking up his second yellow card of the game on 66 minutes.

Schalke 04 made a winning start away from home as they cruised to a 3-0 win against a lacklustre Werder Bremen at Weserstadion.

Czech Republic defender Theodor Gebre Selassie was unfortunate to score an own goal as Schalke went into the half-time break with a slender advantage.

They improved after the interval, though, as Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting doubled their lead 68 minutes before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made sure of the result with an 85th-minute goal.

Newly-promoted Ingolstadt recorded the shock result of Saturday's round of fixtures as Lukas Hinterseer's 66th-minute effort clinched a 1-0 victory over Mainz 05.

The Bundelsiga's other new boys, Darmstadt 98, picked up an encouraging result as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Hannover 96.

Marcel Heller fired the hosts on the half-hour mark in front before Charlison Benschop restored parity three minutes after the half-time break.

Heller again gave his side the lead on 54 minutes, only for team-mate Aytac Sulu to put the ball in his own net in the 62nd minute.

Bundesliga results:

Bayern Munich 5-0 Hamburger SV

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Hoffenheim

Augsburg 0-1 Hertha BSC

Werder Bremen 0-3 Schalke

Mainz 0-1 Ingolstadt

Darmstadt 2-2 Hannover

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