Dortmund thrash Schalke while Leipzig drop points on Bundesliga return

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Borussia Dortmund thrashed Schalke 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park in Saturday’s behind closed-doors Revierderby to move to second place on the log as the Bundesliga became the first big European football league to return after a two-month coronavirus pandemic hiatus.

Dortmund’s goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland netted the first goal before Thorgan Hazard joined Raphael Guerreiro on the scoresheet to close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to a single point.

BVB’s win was their fifth in a row, and 800th of the Bundesliga era while Haaland has hit more league goals in 2020 (10) than the entire Schalke team (four).

Julian Brandt postgame presser: “In a situation like this you must try to have fun. What’s better than coming back with a result like this?”

At the Red Bull Arena, title-cashing RB Leipzig were held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg. Yussuf Poulsen scored his first goal in 2020 to prevent Freiburg from sealing a famous win at Leipzig, with Freiburg’s Robin Koch denied a late winner by VAR as it was showed that the player was outside.

Leipzig drop to third place on the log standings and they have failed to beat Freiburg in the Bundesliga this season, after today’s 1-1 draw and a 2-1 defeat in October’s reverse fixture.

In the last encounter of the day, Borussia Monchengladbach beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 away from home at the Commerzbank-Arena thanks to goals by Alassane Plea, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini with Andre Silva scoring the consolation goal for Frankfurt.

RESULTS

SUNDAY FIXTURES:

FC Koln vs FSV Mainz (15:30)

FC Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich (18:00)

MONDAY:

Werder Bremen vs Bayern Leverkusen (20:30)

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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