All eyes were on Germany this weekend, as the Bundesliga became the first major league in football to make a return following the lockdown. Everyone waited with bated breath to see how games would play out; with other leagues around the globe undoubtedly watching on and taking notes as they press ahead with their own plans to restart.
Business As Usual
The action got underway on Saturday, with Borussia Dortmund and Erling Haaland continuing where they left off. The Norwegian bagged the first goal in the Bundesliga following the world health crisis and provided an assist in his side’s 4-0 home win over an out of sorts Schalke.
Dortmund was the only side from the six games taking place to record a home win in the Bundesliga over the three matchdays. Wolfsburg beat Augsburg 2-1, Hertha won at Hoffenheim by three goals to nil; whilst Borussia Monchengladbach ran out 3-1 winners at Frankfurt, all on Saturday. Dusseldorf and Paderborn played out a 0-0 draw on matchday one; while RB Leipzig and Freiberg drew one all.
Bayern Munich On Sunday
All eyes were on Bayern Munich on Sunday, as Dortmund’s impressive victory put pressure on the champions-elect as they faced off against Union Berlin. Hand-Dieter Flick named a strong line-up for the game away in Berlin, and Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead on forty minutes from the penalty spot. Benjamin Pavard doubled their lead on eighty minutes; with the game ending in a 2-0 away win.
Bundesliga Title Race
Bayern’s win sees them retain their four-point advantage over Dortmund in second, as the title race hots up. Elsewhere on Sunday, FC Koln and Mainz drew 2-2, with the point crucial for the latter as they continue to fight to retain their Bundesliga status.
Mondays Are The Best
The final matchday of the Bundesliga weekend was Monday, and it arguably saw the most exciting match take place. Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen was the only fixture taking place. But it was packed full of thrills and excitement. In a five minute spell, Kai Havertz had bagged a double for Leverkusen; with a goal from Theodor Gebre Selassie sandwiched in the middle. Kai Havertz showed his class throughout the game, with his side going on to win 4-1.
Havertz and Haaland were undoubtedly the stand out players over the three match days in the Bundesliga, and it could put bigger clubs on high alert as they continue to push on with their transfer plans ahead of the summer. Havertz has been a target for Liverpool previously. And they could retake a keen interest if the German can continue in the same rich vein of form.
More Football To Come
In terms of the virus and its impact on football, the Bundesliga has laid the blueprint for others. Their approach is sensible, with social distancing measures in place where possible. Serie A and the Premier League, both tipped to restart imminently, will have taken some useful pointers from the Bundesliga. Ensuring the action can begin safely.