Thriller in Gelsenkirchen: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (m.) had hosts Schalke up and running against Hamburg inside of two minutes - Julian Draxler (r.) with the assist...
...but ten minutes later, Rafael van der Vaart slotted home a penalty to get the Red Shorts back on level terms
Maximilian Beister (m, against Jermaine Jones) put the visitors in front not long after, but with the tide seemingly turning in their favour...
...Huntelaar struck again for the Royal Blues on the stroke of half time - 2-2! Not for long though, as...
...four minutes after the restart, centre back Lasse Sobiech (3rd l.) marked his debut Bundesliga appearance for HSV by heading them in front again from a corner
One of Schalke's summer signings, Adam Szalai, then came off the bench to good effect, netting the sixth and final goal of the contest
Two goals from Nicolai Müller helped Mainz on their way to a 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart at the Coface Arena
Shinji Okazaki was also on target, scoring his first Mainz goal against his former club, for whom he netted only once in 25 appearances last season
A game involving Stuttgart would not have been complete without Vedad Ibisevic getting his name on the scoresheet
Martin Harnik also opened his account for the season for Stuttgart...
...but despite seeing his side score twice away from home, there was no cause for celebration for Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia
Zlatko Junuzovic's 82nd minute for Werder Bremen gave the visitors all three points away to Bundesliga returnees Eintracht Braunschweig in Saturday's evening game, taking maximum points for the first time since February 2013
Junuzovic (r.), was one of the livelier players early on, here he deals with the attentions of Braunschweig's Dennis Kruppke (l.)
The game itself was closely-fought, here Mehmet Ekici (r.) and Junuzovic (r.) battle to stop Eintracht's Orhan Ademi (m.) making any headway as the match finished 1-0
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored an excellent hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut, helping his side start the season with a bang thanks to a 4-0 victory away to Augsburg
The first Gabonese player to play in the Bundesliga, Aubameyang (l.) seems to have settled in well to life with
Dortmund's other striker, Robert Lewandowski, ensured he wasn't forgotten by scoring his side's fourth goal in the 84th minute. His partnership
Mitchell Langerak, the Australian goalkeeper standing in for the suspended Roman Weidenfeller, had very
Two of last season's stars set about resuming this campaign where they left off, with a goal from the spot for
Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrate Stefan Kießling's (l.) goal, which opened their account for the campaign. Last season's
...as SC Freiburg's new striker Mike Hanke (l.) equalised in the 40th minute. He's pictured here celebrating with right-back Jonathan Schmidt, who assisted the goal
But Heung Min Son scored on his Bundesliga debut for his new club, stroking a low finish into
Sidney Sam (r.), the third of Bayer's attacking trio, celebrates his first goal of the season to make it 3-1. This was one of the German midfielder's
SC Freiburg's eccentric coach could only gesticulate as his side missed a penalty which could have made it 3-2 and offered them the
Hannover 96 players mob goalscorer Leon Andreasen after his opener against VfL Wolfsburg in the HDI Arena. Curiously, the Dane, making
Wolfsburg's 19-year-old midfielder Maximilian Arnold (2 l.) holds his head in his hands after being dismissed in the
...and after a second Wolfsburg sending-off, Szabolcs Huszti (l.) completed the 2-0 victory in the 84th minute
Hertha Berlin's Colombian striker Adrian Ramos (m.) puts his side 1-0 up in the 18th minute, steering the ball home past
...as Sami Allagui (l.) gets past Carlos Zambrano (r.) to score his brace and make it 4-1 on the hour mark. The
...as Ronny (l.) shot through the Eintracht Frankfurt defence in the 89th minute for his first goal of the season
1899 Hoffenheim's Argentine defender David Abraham (r.) points towards the crowd after his 34th minute
...as new French striker Anthony Modeste (2 l.) made it 2-0 just after the break. 1. FC Nuremberg
...but the side fought back and new striker Daniel Ginczek (r.) made it 2-2 in the 57th minute to complete an unlikely revival
For the first time in three years, the Allianz Arena was the venue for the traditional Friday evening opener hosted by the defending champions
League Association president Dr. Reinhard Rauball (l., with FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge) delivered a season-opening address...
...and then the action got underway in earnest. Arjen Robben got Bayern off to a flier with the opener after just twelve minutes...
...and four minutes later, Mario Mandzukic mopped up a poacher's goal to give the Reds an ominously early two-goal advantage
Juan Arango (l., against Thomas Müller) and Co were not going to take defeat lying down,
...was turned into his own net by Bayern centre back Dante (l.) to gve the Foals a toe-hold back in the contest going into the second 45...
...which was shaping up to be quite a ding-dong battle, with chances at both ends as Patrick Herrmann
Pep Guardiola's Bundesliga debut was proving to be a nervy affair after all, not least when...
...Thomas Müller saw his 68th-minute spot-kick saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Original perpetrator Alvaro Dominguez
...which David Alaba stroked away with aplomb, to restore the hosts' two-goal advantage
And they were not going to allow any more slip-ups after that - 3-1 the final score, and a solid season start in the end for the defending champs