Bayer Leverkusen 2 – Borussia Dortmund 3 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) Valdez opened the scoring for Dortmund after four minutes. Helmes bagged a goal on his league debut to briefly bring the hosts level at 1-1, but Kringe restored Dortmundâ€™s lead. Subotic headed the visitorsâ€™ crucial third after 49 minutes, and while Kiessling gave Leverkusen hope of a point with a late goal, the visitors held out. Dortmundâ€™s win was marred by the injury to Dede, who was forced off injured with suspected cruciate knee ligament damage.
Arminia Bielefeld 2 – Werder Bremen 2 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) (Longer highlights here.) An Artur Wichniarek double cancelled out a brace from Markus Rosenberg as Bremenâ€™s Bundesliga challenge got off to a stuttering start.
Wolfsburg 2 – Cologne 1 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Milivoje Novakovic put Cologne ahead after 20 minutes, but Christian Gentner and Zvjezdan Misimovic struck second-half goals to spare the hostsâ€™ blushes and secure the three points.
Energie Cottbus 0 – Hoffenheim 3 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Hoffenheim celebrated their first ever match in the Bundesliga with a stunning win at Cottbus. Two goals from Vedad Ibisevic sandwiched Demba Baâ€™s strike to give the visitors the perfect start to their season.
Karlsruhe 1 – Bochum 0 (Bundesliga, August 16, 2008) Having been last seasonâ€™s surprise package, Karlsruhe set about proving that was no fluke as Christian Eichner got the only goal of the game in the 29th minute.
Mainz 3 – Kaiserslautern 3 (Bundesliga II, August 15, 2008)
St. Pauli 2 – Osnabruck 2 (Bundesliga II, August 15, 2008)