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Soccer: Ruthless Dortmund maul Wolves in Bundesliga start

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund overcame hosts VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 on Saturday to make a flawless start to their Bundesliga season.

New Dortmund coach Peter Bosz had promised attractive, attacking football and his team, who finished third last season, delivered on his Bundesliga debut.

There was more good news for Dortmund with Mario Goetze making his comeback after half a year out following a metabolic disorder and the Germany international set up Christian Pulisic after 22 minutes for the first goal at the Volkswagen Arena.

The absence of suspended Ousmane Dembele, who missed training last week amid speculation about a possible move to Barcelona, was quickly forgotten as Marc Bartra doubled the lead five minutes later against a dazed Wolfsburg defence.

With the Wolves cornered, Dortmund kept up the pressure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, last season's Bundesliga top scorer, added a third on the hour.

Champions Bayern Munich are also on three points after Friday's 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

An 84th-minute deflected effort from Andrej Kramaric gave Hoffenheim, who face Liverpool next week for a spot in the Champions League group stage, a 1-0 win over Werder Bremen.

Australian Mathew Leckie struck twice for new club Hertha Berlin as they beat promoted VfB Stuttgart, back after a season in the second division, 2-0.

Nicolai Mueller's goal gave Hamburg, who narrowly avoided a relegation playoff last season and suffered a shock German Cup first-round exit last week, a 1-0 win over Augsburg for their first victory at the start of the season in seven years.

Promoted Hanover 96 won by the same score with Austrian Martin Harnik on target against Mainz 05.

Last season's runners-up RB Leipzig travel to Schalke 04 later on Saturday.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann,; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Ed Osmond)

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