Leipzig's Naby Keita celebrates scoring against Borussia Dortmund during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Leipzig won by 1-0 (Photo: AP)
In a duel between one of Germany's most popular sides and arguably its most hated, Naby Keita struck late as Leipzig stunned Borussia Dortmund 1-0 to win its first Bundesliga game on Saturday.
Midfielder Oliver Burke set up fellow substitute Keita to grab the winner with one minute remaining, sparking wild celebrations among the home fans.
Leipzig, unpopular among rival fans who see it as a marketing tool for energy-drink manufacturer Red Bull, matched last season's runner-up for intensity, and suggested it is in the Bundesliga to stay. That's the club's stated objective for its first season of top-flight football, consolidation before Champions League qualification becomes the target.
While Leipzig has enthusiastically embraced the concept — the city is the first in former East Germany to have a top-flight club since Energie Cottbus was relegated in 2009 — opponents resent its commercial side and short history. The club was founded in 2009 when Red Bull rebranded fifth-tier side SSV Markranstaedt and financed its speedy promotion as a new entity through the lower leagues.
Some Dortmund fans refused to travel to Leipzig for the game, which was nevertheless sold out. Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick said the club could have sold twice as many tickets.
Leipzig 0 Borussia Dortmund 0
Mario Goetze looked lively in his second debut for Dortmund after returning from Bayern Munich, but it was fellow German international Andre Schuerrle who went closest in the first half, shooting just wide of the right post about half an hour in.
Leipzig mostly frustrated Dortmund's speedy forwards and threatened before the break through Marcel Sabitzer and captain Dominik Kaiser, who first played for the side in the fourth tier.
Timo Werner was foiled by a good save from Dortmund 'keeper Roman Buerki late on, and Schuerrle struck the crossbar at the other end, but it was Keita who was to secure Leipzig's first win with his late intervention.
Bayer Leverkusen 3 Hamburger Sv 1
Bobby Woods scored again in Hamburger SV's 1,800th Bundesliga game but Joel Pohjanpalo proved the hero with a late hat trick for Bayer Leverkusen.
Woods, who scored against Ingolstadt on the opening weekend, struck on a counterattack in the 58th minute, only for Pohjanpalo to equalize with just over 10 minutes remaining and complete his hat trick in injury time.
Leverkusen's hopes of bouncing back from an opening-weekend defeat improved with the return of striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who broke his right hand in a fall.
Neither side created much going forward, however, until Wood snatched the opening goal after being played through by Michael Gregoritsch. Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who'd just extended his contract to 2020, rushed out of goal and Wood stayed cool to round him and score for the second consecutive game.
But Hamburg was again to let a lead slip.
Julian Brandt was at the heart of the home side's dangerous play and the Germany midfielder set up Pohjanpalo to head in the equalizer in the 79th, the Finn struck Leverkusen ahead in the first minute of injury time, and there was still time for Chicharito to set him up to complete the scoring in the fourth.
Wolfsburg 0 Cologne 0
Germany forward Mario Gomez endured a frustrating debut for Wolfsburg. Much was expected of Gomez on his return to the Bundesliga. However, Cologne allowed few chances. No Wolfsburg player touched the ball less than Gomez.
Cologne, which had the better chances, might have claimed the victory but for an assured performance from Wolfsburg 'keeper Koen Casteels.
Freiburg 3 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1
Little-known striker Maximilian Philipp struck twice as promoted Freiburg upset Borussia Moenchengladbach at home.
Thorgan struck inside the far post 10 minutes before halftime.
Philipp equalized with an even better effort early in the second half, and struck a perfectly placed shot inside the far post with five minutes remaining, two minutes before Nils Peterson added a penalty for Freiburg's first win.
Also, Hertha Berlin midfielder Genki Haraguchi set up both goals to beat Ingolstadt 2-0, and earn its second win from two games, and Sandro Sirigu's last-minute goal gave Darmstadt a dramatic 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the Hessen derby.
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