Cologne - VfL Bochum 1848, SV Sandhausen and 1. FC Heidenheim 1846 all began the new campaign with three points, although promotion-chasing duo 1. FC Union Berlin and Fortuna Düsseldorf shared the spoils.
bundesliga.com rounds up Sunday's action...
SC Paderborn 07 0-1 VfL Bochum 1848
VfL Bochum spoiled SC Paderborn's return to Bundesliga 2 with a 1-0 win in East Westphalia giving Gertjan Verbeek's men a flying start to the season.
Paderborn's first game back following relegation started with hints of the attack-minded football they had displayed in the top flight, but a defensive mistake almost saw them fall behind when Uwe Hünemeier tested the reactions of his own goalkeeper Lukas Kruse. The custodian reacted well to that danger,, though, and also did well in keeping an improving Bochum at bay before the interval.
The guests were growing in confidence and they gained the lead on the hour mark when Onur Bulut's cross was headed in by Janik Haberer, with the aid of a slight deflection and the inside of the post. It meant Paderborn had to double their attacking efforts and this created opportunities for Bochum to increase their lead, but a second goal was not ultimately required for all three points.
1. FC Union Berlin 1-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Fortuna Düsseldorf snatched a 1-1 draw against 1. FC Union Berlin thanks to Didier Ya Konan's late strike at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei.
With new signing Bobby Wood, a USA international, leading the line, Union began confidently, although it was another new boy, Benjamin Kessel, who gave the hosts the lead after five minutes. The goalscorer went close again seven minutes later but otherwise it was the new-look Düsseldorf outfit which dominated the first half, coming closest to an equaliser through Ya Konan four minutes before the break.
Although Union almost doubled their lead when Wood hit the post four minutes after the restart, Düsseldorf controlled the majority of the encounter, with Union keeper Daniel Haas tested time and again. Finally, however, the hosts' resistance was broken when Ya Konan applied a calm finish to Ihlas Bebou's low cross for a deserved leveller in the 88th minute.
Eintracht Braunschweig 1-3 SV Sandhausen
SV Sandhausen began 2015/16 on a winning note, shocking Eintracht Braunschweig and running out 3-1 victors at the Eintracht Stadion.
With both sides searching for rhythm it was an uneventful opening 25 minutes in Braunschweig. However, the game burst into life when Jan Hochscheidt opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark. Sandhausen centre-half Florian Hübner levelled proceedings in the 31st minute with a predatory header, before Andrew Wooten produced a wonderful finish from the edge of the box to give the visitors a half-time lead.
The Lions came out powerfully after the break, but Hendrick Zuck spurned the home side's best opportunity, heading wide with the goal gaping. The visitors hit Braunschweig with a sucker punch in the 65th minute, Aziz Bouhaddouz nodding home from Leart Paqarada’s curling free kick. Sandhausen stood firm in the face of Braunschweig’s increasing late pressure, holding on for an impressive away win to start the season.
1. FC Heidenheim 1846 1-0 TSV 1860 Munich
1. FC Heidenheim left it late to snatch all three points at home to TSV 1860 Munich, with Kevin Kraus earning them a 1-0 win.
Heidenheim went close to what would have been a sensational promotion to the Bundesliga last term and a busy summer on the transfer market underlined their intentions coming into the new season. They were unable to assert themselves on their guests, though, with still plenty to work on for coach Frank Schmidt after an even first 45 minutes.
The hosts kept plugging away though, trying to find the right system to break down an 1860 side who appeared to be happy to come away with a point. They were denied that with only four minutes remaining, however, when Kraus rose to head in Marc Schnatterer's corner and earn Heidenheim a winning start to the season.