Nurnberg, Germany – Nurnberg grabbed a point against two-time defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, as Tomas Pekhart scored in a 1-1 draw at EasyCredit-Stadion.
Nurnberg opened with a 1-0 win at Hamburg last weekend to kick off the season, and the club continued their good start with the draw against Dortmund - which is unbeaten in 30 straight league matches dating back to last September.
Jakub Blaszczykowski scored his first of the season for Dortmund nine minutes after the visitors fell behind in the first half, and the score held.
Nurnberg took the lead on the half-hour mark when Hiroshi Kiyotake delivered a cross to Pekhart, who headed into the top-right corner for his first goal this season.
Blaszczykowski leveled the match less than 10 minutes later when he latched onto a rebound after Ivan Perisic hit the crossbar, converting a right-footed shot from close range for his first goal this season.
Dortmund introduced Mario Gotze off the bench after half, but the young German star could not find a second straight winner to start the season. He scored in the second half against Bremen last week to give Dortmund a 2-1 win.
Eintracht 4, Hoffenheim 0
Sinsheim, Germany - Alexander Meier and Pirmin Schwegler scored in the first half and Eintracht finished off nine-man Hoffenheim in the second half, 4-0, at Rhein-Neckar Arena on Saturday in the Bundesliga to stay perfect through two games.
Meier opened the scoring in the 39th minute with a shot to the bottom left, and Schwegler added a goal four minutes later with a finish to the top right. Alexander Meier and Martin Lanig scored after halftime, as both notched their second goals of the young season.
Eintracht defeated Bayer Leverkusen, 2-1, to open the season last weekend.
Hoffenheim had Sejad Salihovic sent off in the 69th and Stephan Schrock joined him in the showers five minutes later, as both picked up their second yellows to leave the hosts with just nine men in the final 15 minutes.
Hoffe slumped to its second straight loss to open the season. Monchengladbach downed Hoffenheim, 2-1, last week.
Schalke 3, Augsburg 1
Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored his second goal in as many games, as the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season picked up where he left off, and Schalke defeated Augsburg, 3-1, on Saturday at Veltins-Arena.
Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored in the first half and Jermaine Jones just after halftime for Schalke, both off assists from Jefferson Farfan. Papadopoulos turned a header into the bottom right and Jones hit a right-footed shot to the bottom left.
Huntelaar added the third goal, off another assist from Farfan, with a header to the bottom left in the 72nd minute. Huntelaar led the league with 29 goals last season.
Schalke won its first of the young season. The Blues tied their opener, 2-2, at Hannover. Augsburg, which lost 2-0 at home to Dusseldorf, lost for the second time to start the season.
Werder Bremen 2, Hamburg 0
Bremen, Germany - Aaron Hunt and Nils Petersen both scored early in the second half as Werder Bremen rebounded from a Bundesliga-opening defeat at Borussia Dortmund with a 2-0 win over Hamburg on Saturday at Weserstadion.
Hunt had a penalty saved late in the first half, but opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute, converting to the bottom-right corner. He turned provider in the 67th, setting up on-loan Bayern Munich striker Petersen for a finish to the bottom right.
Hamburg lost its second straight to open the season, but could debut its new addition, Netherlands midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, after the international break on Sept. 16 when it visits Eintracht.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 Freiburg 0
Leverkusen, Germany - Gonzalo Castro scored eight minutes into the match and Philipp Wollscheid scored eight minutes into the second half, leading Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-0 win over Freiburg on Saturday at the BayArena.
Leverkusen opened the Bundesliga season with a 2-1 loss at Eintracht, but was able to bounce back at home. Castro opened the scoring off a header from just a few yards out and set up the second goal for Wollscheid, who headed into the bottom-right corner.
Freiburg remained winless after two matches. It opened with a 1-1 home draw against Mainz.
Dusseldorf 0, Monchengladbach 0
Dusseldorf, Germany - Promoted Dusseldorf continued its undefeated start in the Bundesliga on Saturday, securing a 0-0 draw against Monchengladbach at the Esprit Arena despite not having a shot on goal.
Dusseldorf returned to the top level in Germany with a 2-0 victory at Augsburg last week, and did enough against Gladbach, which finished fourth in the table last season, to secure a draw.
Gladbach enjoyed more possession and more chances, but failed to convert as it was held. Gladbach opened with a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim last weekend.