Dort­mund be­gin Bun­desliga with 4-0 win

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Borus­sia Dort­mund routed Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach 4- 0 at home in its Bun­desliga opener Satur­day, dis­play­ing the kind of te­na­cious free-flow­ing soc­cer that led the club to back-to-back ti­tles in 2011 and 2012.

“It was fully de­served. They were much bet­ter,” said Moenchenglad­bach coach Lu­cien Favre, whose side will play in the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son. “They played with a lot of tempo. They were faster than we were, full stop.”

Un­der new coach Thomas Tuchel, who took over from Juer­gen Klopp af­ter the club’s dif­fi­cul­ties last sea­son, Dort­mund dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and chances from the start.

“We knew we had to play to the limit from the start,” said Tuchel, who has led Dort­mund to four wins from four com­pet­i­tive games with 12 goals scored and none con­ceded.

Marco Reus scored against his for­mer side in the 15th minute, ham­mer­ing the ball in­side Yann Som­mer’s near post af­ter be­ing set up by Ja­pan in­ter­na­tional Shinji Ka­gawa.

Pierre- Em­er­ick Aubameyang made it 2-0 with a glanc­ing header to Mar­cel Sch­melzer’s inch-per­fect cross in the 21st and set up Mkhi­taryan af­ter sprint­ing down the right 12 min­utes later. New sign­ing Ju­lian Weigl won the ball and Ilkay Gun­do­gan sent it on for Aubameyang to chase.

The 19-year-old Weigl, who ar­rived from sec­ond-di­vi­sion 1860 Mu­nich, was a sur­prise in­clu­sion and im­pressed on his Bun­desliga de­but.

“I con­grat­u­lated him on his per­for­mance,” Tuchel said.

Mkhi­taryan, who had a goal ruled out for off­side be­fore Reus broke the dead­lock, sealed the win with his sec­ond goal in the 50th, set up by Reus.

Ear­lier, Schalke started its Bun­desliga sea­son with a 3-0 vic­tory at Werder Bremen on Satur­day while pro­moted In­gol­stadt claimed its first top-level win.

Bremen de­fender Theodor Ge­bre Se­lassie scored an own goal with an un­stop­pable chip in off the un­der­side of the bar while try­ing to clear Joel Matip’s cross in the 34th.

Matip then set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing in the 68th and Klaas Jan Hun­te­laar rounded off the scor­ing in the 85th af­ter a bril­liant run from Leroy Sane.

“The score­line is a bit de­cep­tive. The whole game wasn’t quite so clear,” Schalke coach An­dre Bre­it­en­re­iter said.

In­gol­stadt de­feated Mainz 1-0 away thanks to Lukas Hin­ter­seer’s 66th-minute win­ner, Hertha Ber­lin won 1-0 at Augs­burg as both sides fin­ished with 10 men, Bayer Lev­erkusen came from be­hind to beat Hof­fen­heim 2-1 and Darm­stadt marked its re­turn to the Bun­desliga with a 2-2 draw at home with Han­nover.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich kicked off the sea­son with a 5-0 win over Ham­burger SV on Fri­day.

Solomon Kalou’s 48th-minute penalty was enough for Hertha, which was grate­ful to goal­keeper Thomas Kraft for a great save as well as the cross­bar in in­jury time.

Hof­fen­heim midfielder Steven Zu­ber beat the off­side trap to score in the fifth minute but Ste­fan Kiessling equal­ized for Lev­erkusen just be­fore the break and Ju­lian Brandt claimed the win­ner in the 71st.

“It wasn’t easy for us,” said Lev­erkusen coach Roger Sch­midt, whose side next vis­its Lazio for the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion play­off on Tues­day.

AP

Dort­mund’s Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan, third left, is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates af­ter scor­ing Dort­mund’s fourth goal dur­ing the Ger­man Bun­desliga soc­cer match be­tween Borus­sia Dort­mund and Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach in Dort­mund, Ger­many, Satur­day, Aug. 15.

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