Dortmund marked their return to Bundesliga action in style by thrashing Schalke 4-0 in the Revierderby and reducing the gap to leaders Bayern Munich to just one point.
All eyes were on the German top flight with five fixtures on offer for football-starved fans, and Lucian Favre’s men made a real statement of intent as goals from Erling Haaland, Raphael Guerreiro and Thorgan Hazard wrapped up a thumping win.
The home side started tentatively in an eerie atmosphere as they began to settle themselves on the pitch two months after their last domestic game, with the only audible noises the shouts between players.
Norwegian starlet, enjoying a sensational season with Dortmund but without a goal since February, finally ended his mini drought and getting the team off the mark with a simple finish with half an hour gone.
A gorgeous flick released Hazard down the right flank, with the Belgian firing across an inch-perfect ball into the six yard box and picking out the forward – who only needed to stick out a foot to make contact and sweep home.
The starlet followed social distancing rules after wheeling away with a restrained celebration – smiling at his approaching teammates knowing that he couldn’t embrace them.
The Dortmund team instead stood spread apart as they cheered and congratulated each other.
Guerreiro added a second before the break and the impressive Hazard netted Dortmund’s third as they turned on the style.
Left back Guerreiro wrapped up his brace by making it four with half an hour left to play in a confident day for the German giants.
It’s now over to Bayern, who travel to Union Berlin on Sunday for their first game back and will now be under pressure to pick up a result.