Erling Haaland’s phenomenal goalscoring form continued as Borussia Dortmund comprehensively defeated Schalke 4-0 in their first game since the Bundesliga was stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Haaland picked up where he left off by scoring the league’s first goal, and his 13th in 12 appearances for Dortmund, following a two-month suspension in a Revierderby played out in an empty Signal Iduna Park.
Raphael Guerreiro doubled the hosts lead just before the interval following an error from the out-of-sorts Markus Schubert, and Thorgan Hazard beat the 21-year-old goalkeeper the 48th minute.
Guerreiro got a second after a one-two with Haaland as Dortmund closed the gap on leaders Bayern Munich, who face Union Berlin on Sunday, to one point.
13′ Hakimi’s fine cross cleared by Todibo
Hakimi does well to work down the right-wing, centering a cross into the box, but the effort is cleared by the S04 defense.
29′ GOAL! Dortmund 1-0 Schalke (Haaland)
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! DORTMUND 1-0 SCHALKE!!! Hakimi flicks the ball into the path of Hazard and the forward – a late addition to the starting line-up, sends a cross into the middle. Haaland, as he so often does, makes the finish look easy as he opens up his body and guides the ball away from Schubert.
45′ GOAL! Dortmund 2-0 Schalke (Guerreiro)
GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! DORTMUND 2-0 SCHALKE!!! Schubert is put under pressure and Dortmund capitalise on his weak clearance. Within about four seconds the ball is played into the path of Brandt, and he in turn feeds Guerreiro to clinically fire across a red faced Schubert into the far corner
48′ GOAL! Dortmund 3-0 Schalke (Thorgan Hazard)
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! DORTMUND 3-0 SCHALKE!!! That should do it! Schalke have started the second half well but they are caught out on the counter. The ball is played forward quickly and Hazard thumps a shot past Schubert from 19 yards after being teed up by Brandt. Once again, the visiting keeper should have been doing a lot better.
63′ GOAL! Dortmund 4-0 Schalke (Guerreiro)
GOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! DORTMUND 4-0 SCHALKE!!! This is a brilliant fourth goal for Dortmund, who have hit the ground running on their return to Bundesliga action. Brandt spreads the ball to Guerreiro and the wing-back exchanges passes with Haaland. With just Schubert to beat, he uses the outside of his left boot to scoop the ball past the visiting goalkeeper.
76′ Schalke makes their historical 4TH sub as Juan Miranda in.79′ Subs! Sancho in, Hazard out!
Sancho is brought on for Hazard, who limps off the field after picking up a knock. That is a worrying sign for Dortmund boss Favre on what has otherwise been a very positive first day back at the office.