German Bundesliga
WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg0B DortmundBorussia Dortmund3

VfL Wolfsburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund players celebrate Christian Pulisic's opening goal
Dortmund finished third in the Bundesliga last season, 18 points adrift of champions Bayern Munich

Mario Gotze set up the opening goal in his first start in nine months as Borussia Dortmund began the Bundesliga season with a stylish win at Wolfsburg.

Germany attacking midfielder Gotze had not played since being ruled out earlier this year for an indefinite time period because of "metabolic disturbances", but impressed as he played for just over an hour.

The 25-year-old made an early impact, teeing up American teenager Christian Pulisic who fired in from the edge of the box.

"I'm feeling well again, but I am a long way off being 100 percent again," said Gotze. "I have to train hard. There is still a lot of work to do."

Dortmund, without France winger Ousmane Dembele amid interest from Barcelona, doubled their lead when centre-back Marc Bartra popped up on the left edge of Wolfsburg's penalty area, beautifully bending into the far top corner.

Eighteen-year-old Pulisic, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, turned provider after the break when he drilled across the home goal for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to convert at the far post.

It was the perfect start for new manager Peter Bosz, who left Ajax to replace Thomas Tuchel earlier this summer.

"It was obvious that Mario Gotze is an extraordinary player and will be very important for us," said Bosz.

"However, we must also be patient and I was glad he had collected a few minutes and did not hurt himself."

Marc Bartra
Former Barcelona defender Marc Bartra celebrated by raising both arms to the sky

Elsewhere, Hamburg striker Nicolai Muller scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Augsburg - but was then substituted after injuring himself when he tripped over the corner flag while celebrating.

Australia winger Mathew Leckie scored both goals on his Hertha Berlin debut as they won 2-0 against newly-promoted Stuttgart, while former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric netted the decisive goal in Hoffenheim's 1-0 home win over Werder Bremen.

Hannover, who were promoted alongside Stuttgart last season, marked their top-flight return with a 1-0 win at Mainz.

Line-ups

Wolfsburg

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Casteels
  • 3Verhaegh
  • 31Knoche
  • 17Uduokhai
  • 13Gerhardt
  • 6BazoerSubstituted forGuilavoguiat 59'minutes
  • 4Camacho
  • 16BlaszczykowskiSubstituted forDimataat 42'minutes
  • 11DidaviSubstituted forArnoldat 69'minutes
  • 32Hinds
  • 33Gomez

Substitutes

  • 7Ntep de Madiba
  • 9Dimata
  • 10Malli
  • 18Osimhen
  • 20Grün
  • 23Guilavogui
  • 27Arnold

B Dortmund

Formation 4-3-3

  • 38Bürki
  • 26Piszczek
  • 25Papastathopoulos
  • 5Bartra
  • 2ZagadouSubstituted forPasslackat 78'minutes
  • 27Castro
  • 8Sahin
  • 10GötzeSubstituted forDahoudat 61'minutes
  • 22PulisicSubstituted forKagawaat 86'minutes
  • 17Aubameyang
  • 20Philipp

Substitutes

  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 4Subotic
  • 14Isak
  • 19Dahoud
  • 23Kagawa
  • 30Passlack
  • 36Toprak
Referee:
Robert Hartmann
Attendance:
30,000

Match Stats

Home TeamWolfsburgAway TeamB Dortmund
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home7
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Borussia Dortmund 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Borussia Dortmund 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, VfL Wolfsburg. Robin Knoche tries a through ball, but Maximilian Arnold is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund).

  5. Post update

    Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg).

  7. Post update

    Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Shinji Kagawa replaces Christian Pulisic.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Paul Verhaegh.

  11. Post update

    Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Lukasz Piszczek.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josuha Guilavogui (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Marc Bartra.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Castro.

  15. Post update

    Offside, VfL Wolfsburg. Yannick Gerhardt tries a through ball, but Maximilian Arnold is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ignacio Camacho (VfL Wolfsburg).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Felix Passlack replaces Dan-Axel Zagadou because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund).

  20. Post update

    Landry Dimata (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 19th August 2017

  • WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg0B DortmundBorussia Dortmund3
  • MainzMainz 050HannoverHannover 961
  • HamburgHamburg SV1AugsburgFC Augsburg0
  • Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin2StuttgartVfB Stuttgart0
  • Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim1Werder BremenWerder Bremen0
  • SchalkeFC Schalke 042RB LeipzigRB Leipzig0

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TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund11003033
2Bayern Munich11003123
3Hertha Berlin11002023
3Schalke11002023
5Hoffenheim11001013
5Hannover11001013
5Hamburg11001013
8Freiburg00000000
8Frankfurt00000000
8B Mgladbach00000000
8Köln00000000
12Werder Bremen100101-10
12Augsburg100101-10
12Mainz100101-10
15B Leverkusen100113-20
16Stuttgart100102-20
16RB Leipzig100102-20
18Wolfsburg100103-30
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