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European roundup: Dortmund crush Augsburg, Monaco crash again | Football


Borussia Dortmund crushed Augsburg 5-1 in their Bundesliga opener on Saturday, with two goals from Paco Alcacer, to lay down an emphatic marker after champions Bayern Munich slipped up in their season premiere a day earlier in drawing 2-2 with Hertha Berlin.

Augsburg stunned the hosts with Florian Niederlechner’s goal after only 30 seconds but Dortmund quickly recovered to level with Spaniard Alcacer, Dortmund’s top scorer last season, in the third minute.

They turned up the tempo in the second half, scoring three goals in a span of eight minutes.

England international Jadon Sancho fired them ahead in the 51st and the teenager then helped set up goals for Marco Reus and Alcacer. Substitute Julian Brandt volleyed in their fifth in the 82nd.

While they needed some 50 minutes to get started, Dortmund were a class better than their opponents, firing 24 shots to Augsburg’s five and having more than 72% possession throughout the game.

“It was important to get the quick equaliser,” said Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc. “Overall it was a very good start but nothing more. Paco is also in great shape physically.”

Bayer Leverkusen saw promoted Paderborn come back twice from a goal down before Kevin Volland fired in the winner for a 3-2 home victory over the underdogs.

Freiburg struck three times in the last nine minutes to beat Mainz 05 3-0 while Fortuna Düsseldorf earned a 3-1 win at Werder Bremen.

In France, Monaco’s poor start to the new Ligue 1 campaign continued with a 3-0 defeat at Metz. Leonardo Jardim’s side were without Cesc Fàbregas following the Spanish midfielder’s controversial red card in the opening 3-0 loss against Lyon.

Monaco fared no better on their travels, as Habib Diallo scored twice in another comprehensive defeat.

Nice are second, above Metz, with a 100 per cent record after they won 2-1 at Nîmes – where three players were sent off as the hosts finished with nine men after two red cards in stoppage time. Toulouse are fourth after a 1-0 home win over Dijon, secured by a goal from Jean-Victor Makengo in the 54th minute.

Amiens beat 10-man Lille 1-0, with Sehrou Guirassy’s scrambled effort allowed to stand following a lengthy on-field review for an offside call. Bordeaux collected their first point of the new season after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Montpellier.

The visitors went in front through Andy Delort’s acrobatic volley after 22 minutes, but a fine individual effort from Josh Maja levelled things up with 20 minutes left.
Souleymane Camara thought he had won it for Montpellier late on, but his goal was ruled out after a VAR review for an offside in the build-up.

Saturday’s afternoon kick-off saw Argentine forward Dario Benedetto miss a penalty on his Ligue 1 debut for Marseille as Andre Villas-Boas’ side were held to a goalless draw at Nantes.



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