Football returns as Borussia Dotmund Hits off Schalke O4With A 4-0 win off Erling Haaland’s early Strike completing a good start for the Bundesliga team.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected all sports including football which covers about 75% of world views on European games. However football was placed on hold due to the effect of the lockdown with a lot of things to put in place.
The Bundesliga has however resumed without Fans on the pitch having an open field to resume their season which has been affected by a lot of things in place. Borussia Dotmund faces Schalke O4 on Saturday as Erling Haaland drops an opening strike into the first-half leaving the visitors defensless.
Some things, though remain a constant no matter the situation. Get the ball to Erling Haaland in front of goal and the Norwegian teenager will, in all likelihood, find the back of the net.
It was fitting given all that has come before in this 2019-20 season that the breakout star of the past 12 months would be the man to score the first goal of elite football’s return, with the 19-year-old guiding Thorgan Hazard’s cross into the back of the net shortly before the half-hour mark.
Haaland’s celebrations have already created plenty of headlines this year, and he opted to mark his 13th goal in 12 Dortmund appearances by making a point to ensure he remained socially distanced from his delighted team-mates. Surely there will be others watching who are choreographing their own hygiene-themed routines for when they eventually take to the pitch.
At full-time the home side joined together to applaud the handful of staff who were in attendance before performing a socially-distanced celebration in front of the empty home end.
They sit one point behind leaders Bayern Munich ahead of the champions’ clash with Union Berlin on Sunday, though in truth the destination of the Bundesliga title is the least of football’s worries.
This is obviously a weekend where football should take over the fears of fans and other people who are undoubtedly scared of the pandemic around the world.