Hannover 96 maintained their perfect start in the Bundesliga on Sunday while RB Leipzig picked up their first win of the new campaign.
Leipzig 4-1 SC Freiburg
Leipzig battled back from goal down to beat 10-man Freiburg 4-1 at the Red Bull Arena on Sunday, after a fine second-half display from the hosts.
The Brazilians of Breisgau went into the break 1-0 up courtesy of Florian Niederlechner’s 23rd-minute opener, but the Bulls turned things around after the break to score four times and get off the mark in 2017/18.
Both teams had early chances but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock midway through the first half when Niederlechner converted Marco Terrazzino’s cross from inside the area.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side looked to get back into the contest before half-time, but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept them at bay.
However, they were back on level terms just three minutes into the second half when Timo Werner headed home Emil Forsberg’s corner before taking the lead through Willi Orban seven minutes later as he steered Jean-Kevin Augustin’s cross past Alexander Schwolow.
Werner doubled his tally on 71 minutes with a fine strike from a narrow angle on the left after being played in by Augustin, before off-season signing Bruma completed the comeback win as he picked out the top-right corner of the net with a strike from inside the box, having only been on the field for two minutes.
The visitors then suffered a setback moments later with the 81st-minute dismissal of Nicolas Hofler for a second bookable offence.
Hannover 1-0 FC Schalke 04
Newly-promoted Hannover made it two wins from two as they edged out Schalke 1-0 at the HDI Arena following a dominant performance.
The Reds limited their opponents to just three shots throughout the match, while creating numerous chances themselves, but only had the one goal to show for their efforts.
Ralf Fahrmann kept the visitors in the contest with a couple of saves, but he was eventually beaten in the second half when off-season signing Jonathas capitalised on a mistake from Thilo Kehrer to slot home from close range on 67 minutes.
The Royal Blues looked to respond but Yevhen Konoplyanka and Fabian Reese were both guilty of failing to work the goalkeeper when chances came their way in the closing stages, the former missing the target twice at the death.