BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund wrapped up a positive week on and off the pitch by maintaining their three-game 100pc record with a 1-0 Bundesliga win over Werder Bremen.
Robert Lewandowski, playing out the last season of his contract, scored the winner 10 minutes into the second half for coach Jurgen Klopp’s team. The only previous occasions on which Dortmund won their opening three games they went on to win the league – in 1995 and 2002.
Earlier in the week the club announced a record turnover of €305m for last season.
Dortmund, on the brink of financial collapse eight years ago, are the Bundesliga’s only publicly-traded club. The turnover was 42pc up on the previous season’s €215m. Profits were also up to €53.3m from €35m, fired by their run to the Champions League final and a second place finish in the Bundesliga last season.
In France big-spending Monaco dropped their first points of the season after being held goalless at home by Toulouse in a game played behind closed doors after violence by fans celebrations last season’s Ligue 2 promotion. Claudio Ranieri’s men have seven points from three games this season, one ahead of Olympique Lyonnais, Olympique Marseille and Saint-Etienne.
In Holland Ajax Amsterdam dropped a two-goal lead then hit back to draw 3-3 away to Heerenveen.
Niklas Moisander and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson put Ajax 2-0 up inside 17 minutes but by halftime they were behind as a double from Iceland forward Alfred Finnbogason and another goal just before the break from Magnus Eikrem.
Ajax’s outstanding Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, in what might be his last game for the Dutch champions ahead of a transfer window move, equalised midway thrpugh the second half.
In Spain Athletic Bilbao paid tribute to the 20,000 fans who travelled an hour along the north coast of Spain to a ‘home’ game in San Sebastian to see their 2-0 win against Osasuna.
Bilbao are playing at Real Sociedad’s ground while construction work is carried out on their own new stadium. They organised 328 buses to transport their fans to Anoeta.
Late-striking marksman Oscar De Marcos said: “These fans are incredible. It’s a great day for Bilbao, the players are very grateful to them.” Bilbao took a first-half with an own goal by Osasuna defender Alejandro Arribas.
** Ferencvaros of Budapest have been fined €2,700 by the Hungarian federation for an anti-semitic banner unveiled by fans during a derby against MTK. The banner was a memorial tribute to suspected Nazi war criminal Laszlo Csatari.