European roundup: Dortmund crash to shock defeat by Augsburg

European roundup: Dortmund crash to shock defeat by Augsburg

Bundesliga title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund suffered a blow in a 2-0 defeat at Augsburg on Saturday, surrendering without a fight as Daniel Caligiuri set up the first goal and scored the second in his 300th league game.

Despite Dortmund having close to 80% possession for much of the first half, it was Augsburg who scored when Felix Uduokhai connected with a Caligiuri free-kick in the 40th minute to nod in with their first chance of the match.

Dortmund lacked the magic from their young stars that helped them cruise past Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 in their Bundesliga opener last week.

Erling Haaland had to wait until the 90th minute for his first opportunity, while Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham, signed from Birmingham City, were largely anonymous and playmaker Jadon Sancho struggled to find space.

Augsburg remained disciplined after the break and struck again through the 32-year-old Caligiuri to leave the visitors desperately scrambling to score for the remainder of the game. But not even the introduction of fit-again Marco Reus and Julian Brandt in the second half could turn things around for Dortmund.

Fellow Champions League club RB Leipzig also dropped points, settling for a 1-1 draw at Bayer Leverkusen after taking the lead through Emil Forsberg in the 14th minute. A missile by Kerem Demirbay six minutes later earned a point for the hosts.

Schalke continued their freefall with a 3-1 loss at home to Werder Bremen courtesy of Niclas Füllkrug’s hat-trick. Mark Uth scored a stoppage-time goal for the hosts, who are now without a win in their last 18 league games and with their coach David Wagner’s future in doubt.

Schalke went down to 10 men after Ozan Kabak was sent off with a second booking. Kabak could face further action after he was caught by cameras spitting at an opponent in an incident that went unnoticed by the referee.

Borussia Mönchengladbach are still waiting for their first win after drawing 1-1 at home to Union Berlin, while Mainz, who had to deal with a one-day players’ strike in midweek, lost 4-1 at home to Stuttgart.

In Italy Lazio began their Serie A campaign with a convincing 2-0 win at Cagliari, suggesting they could again be among the title challengers this season. An early goal from Manuel Lazzari set Lazio on the way before Ciro Immobile sealed the points in the second half with a typically clinical finish.

Lazio looked much sharper than in the final stages of last season, when the combination of a crowded fixture list and a spate of injuries wrecked their title challenge as they finished fourth.

Atalanta, Serie A’s leading scorers last season with 98 goals, began their new campaign in the same carefree, entertaining style as they came from behind to win 4-2 at Torino.

Andrea Belotti put Torino ahead in the 11th minute before Atalanta hit back through Alejandro Gómez, Luis Muriel and Hans Hateboer. Belotti struck again to pull one back a minute later for Torino.

Atalanta added a fourth in the 54th minute courtesy of Marten De Roon to hand Torino their second straight defeat under their new coach, Marco Giampaolo.

Promoted Benevento celebrated their return to Serie A after a two-season absence by hitting back from two goals down to win 3-2 at Claudio Ranieri’s Sampdoria. It began disastrously for the visitors as a defensive mistake led to veteran Fabio Quagliarella opening the scoring for Sampdoria after eight minutes.

Omar Colley headed Sampdoria further ahead 10 minutes later before Benevento defender Luca Caldirola pulled two goals back, and Gaetano Letizia completed a dramatic fightback two minutes from time with a low shot from outside the area.