Berlin : Goals from Nabil Bentaleb and Yevhen Konoplyanka provided newly appointed Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco a faultless start into the Bundesliga football campaign by beating Leipzig 2-0.
Both sides on Saturday staged an evenly balanced encounter as Schalke’s well positioned defence gave the visitors from Leipzig a hard time. However, Schalke were also able to work out goal scoring opportunities, reports Xinhua news agency.
Hence, Schalke got a penalty awarded after Dayot Upamecano brought down Franco Di Santo inside the box. Bentaleb stepped up and converted the penalty from the spot two minutes before the break.
Leipzig pressed frenetically for the equaliser but instead the hosts were able to double their advantage as Schalke caught the visiting side on counter attack allowing Konoplyanka to beat onrushing goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to seal the deal in the 73rd minute.
Borussia Dortmund too started with a victory into the new season and ensured a perfect start for head coach Peter Bosz in his first Bundesliga outing against VfL Wolfsburg.
Dortmund dominated the game against harmless Wolfsburg and opened the scoring with 23 minutes into the game when Mario Goetze assisted Christian Pulisic, who slotted home into the top left corner from the edge of the box.
Wolfsburg were unable to hold the pace and hapless four minutes later after Marc Bartra had all the time and space to curl the ball into the far post corner, making in 2-0 on the scoreboards.
After the restart, Dortmund retracted with the lead behind, still their win was never in danger, as Wolfsburg’s offense posed no threat.