Bayern Munich made a perfect start to the new season with a convincing 3-0 win at local rivals and top-flight newcomers Greuther Furth.
Last Updated: 25/08/12 10:34pm
Bayern Munich made a perfect start to the Bundesliga season with a convincing 3-0 win at local rivals and top-flight newcomers Greuther Furth.
Thomas Muller put the Bavarians in front just before half-time, with Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben - via a deflection - on target in the second half for Jupp Heynckes' men.
Furth rarely threatened Manuel Neuer's goal as they were given the toughest of introductions to life among Germany's elite.
Claudio Pizarro and Bastian Schweinsteiger both missed chances to make it a greater margin of victory for Bayern, who nevertheless took all three points to follow the example of defending champions Borussia Dortmund, who started the season with a 2-1 home win over Werder Bremen on Friday night.
Hanno Balitsch scored the only goal as Nurnberg secured their first win over Hamburg in 20 years.
Balitsch netted in the 68th minute to seal a 1-0 victory, lashing home from close range after Per Nilsson's header had hit the bar.
Hamburg nearly grabbed a point but Marcell Jansen's header one minute into second-half stoppage-time went off the crossbar.
Robert Mak had the final chance at the other end but his shot went just wide right from 20 yards out.
Juan Arango's set-pieces held the key as Borussia Monchengladbach began with a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.
The Venezuela midfielder delivered the free-kick from which Mike Hanke headed the first-half opener and then curled in the winner direct from another with 11 minutes remaining.
Roberto Firmino had equalised in between the Foals' strikes but Hoffenheim were otherwise unable to find a way past home keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Fortuna Dusseldorf marked their return to the top flight after 15 years with a 2-0 win at Augsburg, thanks to a brace from Dani Schahin.
Elsewhere, Mainz fought back from a goal down to rescue a 1-1 draw at Freiburg.
Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to defeat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on their return to the top-flight.
Stefan Kiessling gave Leverkusen the lead after half-an-hour but Frankfurt were unfortunate not to find an equaliser before the break.
Stefan Aigner levelled in the 57th minute before Martin Lanig headed in a winner in the 82nd minute giving Armin Veh's side a winning start after one season in the second tier.
In the evening's late game, Bas Dost scored a last-gasp goal on his Wolfsburg debut to seal a narrow 1-0 victory at Stuttgart, who missed a penalty.
Vedad Ibisevic spurned the chance to put Stuttgart in front in the 87th minute when his spot-kick was saved by Diego Benaglio, and less than three minutes later, Dost clinched victory for the Wolves, who managed only three wins on their travels all of last season.