CHAD WINGER - Sunday, August 17, 2008
Henning Wegener/Die Glocke
Gibson scored in the opener
Cinderella story Matt Taylor scored in his debut as three of the four American field players in action in Germany found the back of the net on opening day.
Bayer Leverkusen 2 - 3 Borussia Dortmund
Neven Subotic helped make Jurgen Klopp a winner in hist first league contest in charge at Borussia Dortmund.
Striker Nelson Valdez gave the guests the lead in the fourth minute when he converted a Jakub Blaszczykowski assist, but the lead lasted only 17 minutes after Patrick Helmes was assisted by Stefan Kießling,
Florian Kringe put Dortmund back on top as Valdez turned provider in the 36th, and four minutes after halftime, Subotic struck the eventual gamewinner when he headed home a Tamas Hajnal serve.
Kießling pulled Leverkusen within a goal in the 83rd, but it was as close as they would come as Subotic's tally would be the difference in the match.
Subotic went the distance and preceded his goal with a yellow card in the 10th minute.
Next, Dortmund host Bayern Munich in their home opener.
Schalke 04 3 - 0 Hannover 96
Schalke 04 made short work of Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96, scoring thrice on set pieces, the first two within seven minutes.
Captain Marcelo Bordon gave Schalke all they would need when he nodded home an Ivan Rakitic corner after 90 seconds.
Five minutes later, Kevin Kuranyi doubled the advantage from a Christian Pander corner, and the lead went to three in the 64th when the Brazilian-born German converted a Rakitic free-kick from six yards.
Szabolcs Huszti hit the bar in the 87th minute for the Reds, but it would have been little consolation at the hosts claimed three points.
Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover, but Sal Zizzo was not available.
Next, Hannover host Energie Cottbus for their home opener.
TuS Koblenz 3 - 0 RW Oberhausen
Shock signing Matt Taylor made his German debut a successful one, scoring from long distance and helping give TuS Koblenz a season-opening shutout victory at home.
Koblenz, who began the campaign with minus three points for a licence irregularity, quickly started to recoup the loss when Rüdiger Ziehl blasted a goal from 25 yards past Christoph Semmler.
Taylor, who started only three days after signing, doubled the lead a little more than 15 minutes later when he too shot from distance, cracking a drive from 20 yards.
Former Birmingham City striker Njazi Kuqi added the third, finishing a Du-Ri Cha assist in the 82nd minute.
RW Oberhausen did not test American keeper David Yelldell, who earned his first shutout in Koblenz.
Next up for TuS Koblenz is a visit to promoted FSV Frankfurt.
RW Ahlen 2 - 1 FSV Frankfurt
In a battle of promoted teams, American midfielder Grover Gibson scored the game's first goal, helping RW Ahlen on their way to three points.
Following a dreadful first half, the game was brought to life when Gibson drove a wormburner off Frankfurt defender Angelo Barletta and under Patric Klandt.
Frankfurt tied things up 15 minutes later when sub Henrich Bencik beat Manuel Lenz from short distance with a header from a David Ulm assist.
Ahlen had a supersub of their own, though, when Rene Müller, who hopped off the bench in the 66th minute, gave Ahlen the three points when his left-footed shot from a Marcel Busch pass touched the back of the net.
Next week, Gibson and Ahlen pay a visit to FC Augsburg.
Preston Zimmerman did not make the roster as Bayern Munich were held 2-2 by Hamburg.
Bryan Arguez did not play as Hertha Berlin opened the season with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
VfL Wolfsburg defeated FC Cologne 2-1 without help from Kamani Hill.
Luis Robles was the backup as Kaiserlautern number one Tobias Sippel struggled in a3-3 draw with Mainz 05.
After being pencilled in as starter on Friday, Gregg Berhalter did not get off the bench as 1860 Munich were beaten 2-1 by SC Freiburg.