The 2019-20 German Bundesliga restarted on Saturday afternoon following a two month lay-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Most of the focus was on the Revierderby at Signal Iduna Park where Borussia Dortmund ran out emphatic 4-0 winners over rivals Schalke 04.
Lucien Favre’s side were well on top before Erling Braut Haaland broke the deadlock with the opening goal on 29 minutes – the first Bundesliga goal since 11 March.
The highly-rated 19-year-old turned home Thorgan Hazard’s low cross with a single touch into the far corner. It would be the Norwegian’s only effort on target all game.
David Wagner’s side had picked up just four points from their final seven games before the disruption and their performance today suggested they haven’t been working on defending over the past month in training.
Goalkeeper Markus Schubert took too long to clear the ball, conceding possession too easily to the hosts inside his own half, leading to Raphael Guerreiro doubling Dortmund’s lead just before half-time.
Rabbi Matondo and Guido Burgstaller were introduced at half-time for the visitors but to no effect. The game was done and dusted within three minutes of the restart when Hazard got on the scoresheet. Schubert will be disappointed with his effort given that the Belgian international’s effort whistled past his left arm. Hazard had only been a late replacement for Giovanni Reyna in the starting lineup. The 17-year-old had been due to make his first start for the club.
Further poor defending from Schalke gave Guerreiro all the time and space in their penalty area to find the bottom corner to make it 4-0.
Victory moves Borussia Dortmund to within a point of leaders Bayern Munich, who are in action away to Union Berlin on Sunday.