The Bundesliga returned this weekend with a number of Dutchmen playing a part in the opening round of fixtures.

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huntelaar schalkThe league’s first game on Friday evening saw champions Bayern Munich hammering Hamburg 5-0 with Arjen Robben playing 65 minutes. The Dutch superstar, who was the league’s top scorer last season, could not get himself on the score-sheet, but was a constant danger down the wing.

Hertha Berlin began their season with a 1-0 win over Paul Verhaegh’s Augsburg on Saturday despite former AZ Alkmaar winger Roy Beerens seeing red on 66 minutes for a second yellow.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted his first goal of the season in Schalke’s 3-0 win over Werder Bremen with the Dutch international finishing from close range after a surging run from Leroy Sane. Werder Bremen handed a debut to ex-AZ forward Aron Johannsson but he could not make an impact.

Charlison Benschop came off the bench at half time to make his official Hannover 96 debut, and took only three minutes to net his first goal for the club. The striker’s goal leveled the score with Darmstadt to 1-1 in an eventual 2-2 draw.

Experienced defender Roel Brouwers was a spectator from the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as they were hammered 4-0 by Borussia Dortmund.

Sunday’s action saw the battle of the Dutch strikers as Bas Dost led the line for Wolfsburg and Luc Castaignos was handed his Eintracht Frankfurt debut. It was Dost who made a crucial impact with his close range finish putting his side 2-0 up in an eventual 2-1 victory. Castaignos played one good pass during the first half, but failed to really catch the eye in the Frankfurt attack.

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