Football left the crust of the dead this weekend as the German Bundesliga became the first major European football league to return since the lockdown, which was occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, with teams playing in empty stadiums while social distancing was also observed on the benches and during goal celebrations.
Erling Haaland however opened scoring on 28 minutes with his signature cool finish, while Raphael Guerreiro’s brace and Thorgan Hazard’s strike sealed the win to move Dortmund within a point of Bayern Munich who play on Sunday.
Elsewhere, third-placed RB Leipzig were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg, leaving them four points off top spot.
Aside the football on the pitch, the game was significant for the several safety protocols put in place.
The teams arrived in different buses with multiple travels, several dressing rooms were used and the match balls were disinfected before use.
Furthermore, ball boys donned masks and did not handle the thirty disinfected balls used for the match, placing them at strategic locations around the pitch, while journalists also put on masks and practiced social distancing.
Haaland, who joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg of Austria, has now scored 10 goals in nine Bundesliga appearances since his move in January.