Borrusia Dortmund thrashed Schalke 04 4-0 in the Revierderby as the Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume action after over a two-month enforced break due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The game, which held at Dortmund’s 80,000 Signal Iduna Park stadium, had an atmosphere of what is the “new normal” as there were no fans in the stadium and social distancing protocol followed by substitutes on the bench and during goal celebrations on the pitch.
Teenage sensation, Erling Braut Haaland, resumed from where he left off before the break as he opened scoring for The Black and Yellows in the 29th minute. The Norweigan striker scored with a trademark cool finish, flicking home Thorgen Hazard’s cross.
Raphael Guerreiro scored Dortmund’s second on the stroke of half-time.
Hazard – the younger brother of Real Madrid star, Eden Hazard – turned scorer three minutes after the restart, and Guerreiro got a brace in the 63rd minute to seal a comfortable victory for Dortmund over their North Rhine-Westphalia rivals.
Dortmund remain second on the Bundesliga log, one point behind leaders Bayern Munich, who play on Sunday.
Other Bundesliga results:
Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg
Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderborn
RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg
Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Belin