KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Christian Pulisic opened his Bundesliga season with a goal in Borussia Dortmund's win while Haji Wright scored his first professional goal for Sandhausen.
Wolfsburg 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
Dortmund kicked off their Bundesliga season by collecting all three points in their win over Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena.
Although BVB has had their attention turned to the turmoil brought on by Ousmane Dembele's strike as he tries to force a transfer to Spanish league giants Barcelona, they did not miss a beat in their opening game.
Pulisic, who has been the subject of a transfer to Liverpool this summer despite his repeated replies that he is going nowhere, earned the start as there are hopes that the wunderkind will continue to exceed expectations.
As for Wolfsburg, they entered the game without their top signing, John Brooks, as he suffered a thigh injury will keep out of action for a few months.
And the young American made his presence known in the 22nd minute when he scored his first goal of the season. Taking a pass from teammate Mario Gotze, Pulisic then calmly fired his shot past Wolfsburg goalkeper Koen Casteels to the delight of the travelling supporters.
Marc Bartra double the visitor's lead five minutes later when received a pass from Gonzalo Castro and sent a curling shot over Casteels that ended up in the back of the net.
Pulisic would then turn provider in the second half as he helped last season's top goal scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang score his first goal of the season in the 60th minute. The young American made a run down the right side before sending a low cross that the forward got his foot to guide into the goal.
Dortmund end the first week of the Bundesliga season atop of the standings.
Dynamo Dresden 0-4 Sandhausen
Haji Wright did not disappoint on his debut with Sandhausen as he scored his first professional goal in the team's win over Dynamo Dresden at the DDV-Stadiom.
With competition to play in Schalke's first team difficult, the team thought it would be best for the 19-year-old to gain some valuable experience by going out on loan to another. From the weekend's performance, the forward's future looks very promising.
Wright would come off the bench while Andrew Wooten was not in the team due to injury.
Sandhausen opened the scoring in the 25th minute through Leart Paqarada. Dresden failed to clear the ball from their area
well, allowing the Kosovar international to volley his shot into the back of the net.
The visitors then put the game on ice in the second when they scored three unanswered goals.
Lucas Holer doubled their lead in the 71st minute when he took a pass from teammate Nejmeddin Daghfous on a counter attack, rounded the goalkeeper and calmly put the ball into the goal.
Wright, who entered the game in the 53rd minute, scored Sandhausen's third eight minutes later when Daghfous collected the ball on the right and then passed it to the wide open forward in the area. He then had a bit of time to set himself up and fire his shot past Dresden goalkeeper Marvin Schwabe.
Daghfous then bagged his own goal in the 89th minute to round out the scoring for Sandhausen.
Sandhauasen sit in second place in the 2. Bundesliga standings with seven points.
Bobby Wood started for Hamburg in their 1-0 win over Augsburg.
Weston McKennie came off the bench for Schalke and held his own as they went to claim a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig.
Timmy Chandler started for Eintracht Frankfurt in their 0-0 tie with Freiburg.
Jann George started and scored two goals in the second for Jahn Regensburg in their 4-2 win over Ingolstadt. Alfredo Morales watched all of the action from the bench for die Schnazer.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt in their 3-0 win over St. Pauli.
Joe Gyau started while Mario Rodriguez watched from the bench for Sonnenhof Großaspach in their 0-0 tie with Aalen.
Robert Kristo came off the bench for Osnabruck in their 0-0 tie with Chemnitzer.
Devann Yao came off the bench for Meppen in their 4-0 win over Zwickau.