FRANKFURT: Borussia Dortmund opened their German league campaign with a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, sparked by the Bundesloga’s fastest ever goal.
Bayer winger Karim Bellarabi needed only nine seconds to claim the opener for the visitors against last season’s runners-up.
Dortmund, financially strengthened by a new investment from sportwear company Puma and with Marco Reus back after the injury that kept him out of the World Cup, sought to respond in vain. Stefan Kiessling struck the visitors’ second in stoppage time.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, in charge for a record seventh season in a row, was missing a string of players, including captain Mats Hummels, keeper Roman Weidenfeller and central defender Neven Subotic.
In Holland coach Marco Van Basten was furious after AZ Alkmaar lost for the second successive week, this time by 3-0 at promoted Willem II Tilburg. Bruno Andrade, Ali Messaoud and Charlton Vicento scored the goals.
Van Basten said: “Out performance was “seriously inadequate. Last season AZ lost many away games. This has to do with the players’ mindset and their will to win. That was and remains a concern as it went wrong again today.”
In Serbia Bosnian Petar Jelic struck five goals for Rad Belgrade in their 6-1 win away to Vozdovac Belgrade but champions Red Star Belgrade went top after a Djordje Rakic strike earned a 1-0 win at Vojvodina Novi Sad.
In Spain the opening day of the new league season saw Athletic Bilbao keeper Gorka Iraizoz have a goal disallowed in a 1-0 defeat by a Malaga side who finished with nine men.
Bilbao were doubly angry at the final whistle. First the referee ruled out Iraizoz’s header for offside against Aymeric Laporte then Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni wenty unpunished for bringing down Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz.
Malaga had taken the lead after 35 minutes when Luis Alberto followed up after Iraizoz saved his initial penalty.
** German cup holders Bayern Munich have been drawn against Hamburg in the second round. Eintracht Frankfurt face Borussia Monchengladbach in the only other all-Bundesliga tie. Last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund visit second division St Pauli.