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Aubameyang brace seals Dortmund win

AAP logoAAP 27/08/2016 Mark Meadows,

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored twice to give a less-than-convincing Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 home win over Mainz in their Bundesliga season opener.

In the late clash between two other Champions League teams, Borussia Moenchengladbach beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 thanks to Lars Stindl's winner five minutes from time.

Wolfsburg earlier impressed in a 2-0 win at Augsburg, 10-man Eintracht Frankfurt won 1-0 and also missed a penalty at home to Schalke while SV Hamburg drew 1-1 with Ingolstadt and Cologne beat Darmstadt 2-0 in a game interrupted because of a thunderstorm.

After champions Bayern Munich laid down an ominous marker for the campaign with a 6-0 demolition of a woeful Werder Bremen in the season curtain raiser on Friday, last term's runners-up Dortmund knew they needed an immediate response.

Aubameyang, last season's club top scorer, continued where he left off with a pinpoint header from an Andre Schuerrle cross after 17 minutes.

They eventually added to their tally a minute from time when Schuerrle was adjudged to have been pulled back and Aubameyang slotted home the penalty.

Mainz then netted in injury time through Yoshinori Muto.

There were some tasty tackles in Moenchengladbach as local rivals Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach faced off at Borussia Park.

Andre Hahn grabbed the opener for the home side in first-half injury time with a cool finish but he was helped by Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah, who inadvertantly flicked a long ball into his path.

Chances aplenty went begging for both sides before Finland striker Joel Pohjanpalo headed in for the visitors just a minute after coming on.

But soon after, Stindl ran on to Thorgan Hazard's pass and finished expertly to have Borussia Park again jumping for joy in the week they secured a Champions League group stage berth.

FC Cologne scored the first goal of the day on 11 minutes against Darmstadt after Leonardo Bittencourt was allowed to wriggle into the penalty area and his cutback was slammed home by the unmarked Marcel Risse.

The game was held up early in the second half for 15 minutes due to lightning before Anthony Modeste prodded in a second soon after they restarted to seal a 2-0 win.

Eintracht captain Alex Meier, missing for a large part of the second half of last season as the Eagles flirted with relegation, showed his importance to the club with the winner after 12 minutes against Schalke.

Hamburg took the lead at home to Ingolstadt after US striker Bobby Wood, a close-season signing from Union Berlin, latched on to a punt up field from goalkeeper Rene Adler and thrashed the ball inside the near post for his first Bundesliga goal.

But Hamburg are nothing if not inconsistent and they let the visitors back in with typical incompetence, Cleber's strange clearance hitting Lukas Hinterseer and going in 11 minutes from time.

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