Bundesliga's return: Dortmund beat Schalke in Revierderby

17.5.2020.  

Germany became the first country to resume football in top5 European leagues. Bundesliga is back in action in an unusual atmosphere but most important, all games on Saturday were ended without difficulties. 


Dortmund was without 'Yellow Wall' at Signal Iduna Park but they marked the return of football with a convincing Revierderby win over Schalke 04 (4-0).

Amongst the plenty of hygienic measures and 'rules', the new rule of five substitutions did help clubs to reduce fitness intensity on players. Besides the big win in Dortmund, the game will be mostly remembered for quiet and surreal circumstances.

Fans were completely absent from the 80k capacity arena which is usually fully packed on each match, but that did not stop the home players from performing their traditional salute to the empty stands at the final whistle - thus standing apart rather than holding hands.

Erling Haaland scored for BVB the opening goal with a trademark finish but it's Portuguese wingback Raphael Guerreiro who is the man of the match. Guerreiro added two goals to help Dortmund securing a comfortable win over arch-rivals. 

It's also worth mentioning good performance for Thorgan Hazard, who scored a goal in the 48th minute and produced assistance for Haaland. 





In other games, Wolfsburg triumphed in Augsburg with a late Daniel Ginczek's winner. The debut of Heiko Herrlich is ruined with this emotional loss at home, and Augsburg will go to Schalke 04 next round with a need to fix impressions. 

Hertha really surprised Hoffenheim and everyone in the second half by scoring three goals, thus the first Hertha's goal was an own goal of Kevin Akpoguma, Hoffenheim player. Hertha's attackers Ibisevic and Cunha later added two more for a final 0-3 result. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise happened to RB Leipzig. Red Bulls failed to win over Freiburg, priced just 1,30 before the kick-off to end only 1-1 at home. A disappointing result for title candidates thus they could lose a draw as Freiburg had a disallowed goal by VAR in injury time. 

An impressive display is seen by Borussia Monchengladbach who convincingly beat Eintracht 3-1, in Frankfurt. After seven minutes, BMG had a 2-0 lead. Eintracht was really poor without fans' support while Marc Rose's team continue the title hunt with three points from this round. 

Three more fixtures left in this round. On Sunday, Koln is welcoming Mainz while Bayern Munich travels to meet Union in Berlin. On Monday, Werder and Leverkusen are closing the 26th matchday. 

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