On Saturday, Germany’s Bundesliga games were finally played despite the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first major league in Europe to resume its matches after the sporting world was shut down in March, and it has been 9 long weekends without soccer. Major European competitions postponed their remaining fixtures to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Players were thoroughly tested for COVID-19 and even spent a week in quarantine before the matches. The stadium and the match ball were disinfected before the kickoff.
The Bundesliga also returned to action with strict rules to its fans. This is because no spectators were allowed to the pitch ground, and football fans could only entertain themselves via watching the matches on their televisions. We saw teammates celebrating their scores without hugging, holding hands, and touching from a distance.
Bundesliga attracts about 43000 people per game, and these matches are now being played behind closed doors. League officials are cautious about the spread of the COVID-19 among the players, coaches, and staff present during the game. This is a move to enforce social distancing as directed by the government.
Germany has over 173k cases and a death toll of 8k people, even after being praised for handling this pandemic by the World Health Organization.
This deadly virus still affects the entire world, with over 4.6 million and more than 310k deaths. The worst-hit country is the USA, with nearly 1.5 million cases and over 89k deaths.
The UK’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Series A haven’t set a date on when to resume, but the Bundesliga was an eye-opener to them, hoping they will follow suit. Soccer fans were thrilled and overwhelmed by the return of soccer and looking forward to more matches from the other European leagues.
Despite Bundesliga resuming, this could change if any player was to test positive for the virus because it will lead to the matches scraped off. Just like we saw the second tier between Hannover crash with Dynamo Dresden postponed due to two Dynamo Dresden players testing positive for COVID-19.
Saturday football return was entertaining, especially when the first goal came about during the game between Dortmund and Schalke. The most likely scorer was the 19-year-old, Erling Braut Haaland, who now has 10 goals in 9 matches. He is such a young promising player to watch.
Halland scored in the 29th minute when his teammate Thorgan Hazard’s passed a left-foot cross to him. Dortmund clinched 3 points to their advantage on the table when they beat Schalke 4-0. They have now moved to second on the table with their rival, Bayern Munich, first on the table, where they are leading with one point.
But it seems this will be a very tight battle for both teams. Still, Bayern Munich has a chance tomorrow to move 4 points clear against Dortmund if they win against Union Berlin since they are one game away. On the same day, there will be another game between FC Koln and Mainz.