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German Bundesliga wrap: Borussia Dortmund show Schalke no mercy

German Bundesliga wrap: Borussia Dortmund show Schalke no mercy”

One of the first matches after the resumption of the German football season will be between the two top tier clubs Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.

On Sunday, Bayern Munich, who were four points clear at the top of the table when the season was suspended in March, will resume their quest for an eighth successive Bundesliga title when they play in the capital against Union Berlin.

The Norway worldwide has swiftly become one of the most sought-after players in world football, and although Dortmund were successful in securing his services earlier this year, another move in the near future does not seem implausible.

Schalke looked short of match fitness, while Dortmund were sharper and Guerreiro grabbed his second in style after a one-two with Haaland in the 63rd minute.

The Bundesliga was due to resume later yesterday, also without fans, with the Ruhr derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 being the highlight. The match will be aired on the Star Sports Network's Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select HD 2.

Players had been warned to keep their emotions in check, and to desist from spitting, handshakes and hugging with the games keenly watched by the rest of the soccer world hoping to restart their own leagues. Freiburg were then denied a stoppage-time victor when a VAR check spotted an offside.

Hertha Berlin overturned a goalless first half to thump Hoffenheim 3-0 at the PreZero Arena in Sinsheim.

Defender Manuel Gulde gave visitors Freiburg a shock lead and celebrated by elbow-bumping teammates, before Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen grabbed a late equaliser. "You could see that with the celebrations", Dortmund team co-ordinator Sebastian Kehl said.

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To minimise the risk of infection, players and staff are being tested regularly and each club has been in a week-long quarantine ahead of the matches.

Although Germany has suffered far fewer deaths from coronavirus than other large European countries, it is still too risky for crowds to return.

Teams arrived at stadiums in several buses in order to meet social distancing requirements inside vehicles.

Clubs started training three weeks ago. Police in Dortmund appealed to fans to stay at home and broadcaster Sky reported it was quiet outside the ground.

Some players and coaches have already fallen foul of the rules.

Augsburg's new coach Heiko Herrlich has ruled himself out of Saturday's match against Wolfsburg after leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.

Union's Swiss coach Urs Fischer will not be in charge of the hosts for Sunday's game having broken the team's quarantine following a family bereavement.



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