AMSTERDAM – Sandhausen right winger Andrew Wooten fired an opening day winner on Sunday, helping the visitors straight into a first-place tie atop the 2.Bundesliga thanks to a 3-1 road win at Braunschweig.
Wooten fired home the game-winner in the 41st minute, latching on to a weak clearance and blasting into the top corner from the edge of the area to score at Braunschweig for the second straight season. Before leaving in the 91st minute, the No. 8 shirt completed 21 of his 25 passes.
Elsewhere, Bobby Wood was forced to settle on his Union Berlin debut, as the hosts conceded near full time to end up with a 1-1 share against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
The US forward worked 61 minutes, coming off shortly after his best period of activity. Wood struck the far post with a drive four minutes after halftime. He also won a pair of free kicks for the capital crew, who have lost just once in their last 10 league games dating back to last season.
Across the North Sea in Norway, Zarek Valentin went the distance as Tippeligaen side Bodø/Glimt reeled off their fifth straight victory with a 1-0 home decision over Aalesund FK.
The right back had a couple of defensive woes, but rallied to place three dangerous crosses into the AaFK box and help hold the visitors to just one shot on goal. On-loan Philadelphia Union midfielder Danny Cruz came on in the 88th minute to help seal the win, which lifted Glimt to eighth place in the league.