Alcacer scores two goals and assists another as Dortmund thrash Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund received a boost on Friday when the champions dropped two points in their 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin in the season opener.

Paco Alcacer scored a brace and assisted another goal in Borussia Dortmund's 5-1 home victory against Augsburg.

It wasn't the start Dortmund would have wanted, although it didn't take long for them to respond with Alcacer scoring in the 3rd minute to bring them level.

Mats Hummels, back after a successful three years in Munich, was among those badly positioned to deal with Nils Petersen's cross for Niederlechner.

England worldwide Jadon Sancho, who claimed his first goal of the season in Dortmund's German Super Cup victory over Bayern Munich two weeks ago, was among the scorers again as Dortmund ran riot to go top of the table. Sancho shot beyond the flailing Koubek after Augsburg's defense failed to deal with Axel Witsel on the left.

Alcacer set up Reus to score in the 57th minute for 3-1, two minutes before the Spain striker fired inside the right corner for his second.

Julian Brandt scored Dortmund's fifth goal eight minutes before the end to hand his team a flawless debut to the 2019/20 Bundesliga season.

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Still, for the time being, it is the likes of Reus, Sancho and Alcacer who will be leading the way as Lucien Favre's charges look to build on Saturday's dominant win and make an early-season charge. "We were better after that with 78% ball possession. We increased the tempo even more in the second half".

Play continued and Streli Mamba converted the rebound to level for 2-2 in the 25th.

Kevin Volland netted the victor for Bayer Leverkusen late in the game to shrug off a scare from Paderborn on Saturday afternoon.

Cologne also lost on its return in a 2-1 defeat at Wolfsburg.

Amid the latest rumours about Sancho's exit a fee of around £100m was being touted, even though Borussia Dortmund quite clearly appeared to be holding out for something closer to a club-record sale - now set by Ousmane Dembélé at £122m. But Fortuna Dusseldorf was in no mood to join in the home side's celebrations and took advantage of defensive mistakes to win 3-1.

Freiburg netted three late goals to sink Mainz 3-0 in their league opener on Saturday afternoon Schwarzwald-Stadion.

Elsewhere, former Huddersfield manager David Wagner made a gritty start to his new job at Schalke, as his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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