By Wale Obafemi
Teenage goal sensation, Erling Haaland has scored the first goal of the resumed season on Saturday as German Bundesliga becomes the first top football league in Europe to return and recommence play after a suspension of games due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Erling Haaland’s goal just before half-time gave Borussia Dortmund a lead in the clash against Schalke O4, paving the way for 4-0 trashing.
After Haaland’s goal came two goals from Raphael Guerriro and one more goal from Hazard.
It is Erling Haaland’s 13th goal in 12 games since his move to Dortmund during the winter transfer window.
Each of Saturday’s fixtures are taking place in empty stadia, with fans not yet permitted to attend due to health restrictions remaining in place limiting public gatherings.
Coaches and players on the side are wearing face masks and handshakes are banned. Even goals are celebrated with social distance.
The clash between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 is among the five matches marking the restart of the league today.
Officials of other football leagues have said they are watching the German league’s efforts, seeking a blueprint for a safe return to play and to halt the multibillion-dollar losses from the cessation of matches.
With the suspension of football for over two months across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bundesliga is set to secure almost €300m from broadcasters and expected to attract millions of football fans across the world.
Meanwhile fans have taken to social media to celebrate Erling Haaland for netting in the first goal of the resumed season and to comment on the social distance observed in the goal celebration.