The Bundesliga is the first of the ‘big leagues’ to return to action after suspension due to COVID-19, and matchday 26 was not short of action.
Here is what happened in today’s matches.
Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 04
Dortmund played like there had been no break in the 4-0 thrashing of Schalke in their local derby.
First-half goals from Erling Haaland and Raphael Guerreiro saw the home team head into the break leading, with the visitors having an underwhelming half.
Thorgan Hazard scored the third goal of the match, and Guerreiro capped it off with his second of the day, as the Black Yellow moved within a point of Bayern at the top, with Bayern set to play tomorrow.
RB Leipzig vs Freiburg
Leipzig was held by a stubborn Freiburg in their 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena.
Manuel Gulde opened the scoring from close-range for the visitors in the 34th minute, and it was canceled out by Yussuf Poulsen in the 77th minute, with a fine header inside the left post from close in.
With this result, Leipzig sits third with 51 points, while Freiburg is 7th with 37.
Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
Berlin outscored Hoffenheim in the second half with three goals, the first two coming in quick succession.
Kevin Akpoguma scored an unlucky own goal after he deflected a shot that went into his own net in the 58th minute, but things got worse two minutes later, with Vedad Ibisevic heading in the second for Hertha.
Matheus Cunha finished his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box in the 74th minute to finish off Hoffenheim, who are now just four points above Hertha on the log.
Dusseldorf vs Paderborn
This was the only goalless fixture in the early kickoff.
There were several chances on goal but neither side capitalized on them, as bottom-placed Paderborn and 16th placed Dusseldorf settled for a point each.
Both sides are still in danger of relegation.
Augsburg vs Wolfsburg
An injury-time Daniel Ginczek goal saw Wolsfurg beat Augsburg narrowly in this tie.
The 1-2 scoreline in favour of the away team had goals from Renato Steffen (Wolfsburg) first before Tin Jedvaj equalized for the home side and Daniel Ginczek bagged the winner for Wolfsburg.
This result sees the visitors climb up to 6th with 39 points, while Augsburg is now relegation-threatened at 14th with 27 points.
All handshakes, mascots and team photographs were not permitted in the above fixtures, and there were no supporters allowed inside the stadium.
Today’s highlight was Dortmund winning the bragging rights of the Revierderby, as we welcome back the Bundesliga!