The sound of the soccer ball tearing apart the nets returned with the return of Bundesliga on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund thrashed Schalke in the Revierderby by 4-0 at Signal Iduna Park as global football marked a return after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
Football certainly looked a bit different with no fans around, but Borussia Dortmund ensured that their intensity remains the same even without the Black and Yellow Wall behind them. Dortmund fired 11 shots at goal in the match compared to Schalke’s 10 shots.
The hosts enjoyed 57% possession on the ball and pretty much dominated the game to a clear extent. Both the teams were involved in 9 fouls each and received a couple of yellow cards each.
Borussia Dortmund Initiated On A Strong Note
Borussia Dortmund dominated the possession in the first half of the game and built up constant pressure on Schalke. There were certain runs initiated from Borussia Dortmund’s midfield that aimed at opening their account against the visitors.
A crucial breakthrough came about in the 29th minute of the game when Borussia Dortmund’s man in form, Erling Haaland opened the scoring for the hosts marking a grand return to football. The young Haaland has been in a red-hot fire since this season’s inception and is the latest entrant in Dortmund as he was traded in the January transfer window from Salzburg.
Haaland scored his 10th goal in the ninth game for Dortmund and gave the hosts the lead that they were looking for. Dortmund kept building attacks from the midfield and the pressure paid off when Raphael Guerreiro capitalized on a mistake from Schalke’s goalkeeper, Schubert and doubled Dortmund’s lead right on the brink of half-time.
Borussia Dortmund’s Goal Fest Continued In The Second Half
As soon as both the teams stepped up for the second-half encounter, Borussia Dortmund unleashed another counter-attack in the 48th minute and this time, Thorgan Hazard was on the finishing end for the hosts as Erling Haaland assisted him for his second consecutive goal in Bundesliga.
Raphael Guerreiro combined once again in the 63rd minute of the game as Dortmund caught Schalke once again on a blistering counter-attack and thumped in the fourth goal of the game, leaving no chance for Schalke to make a comeback.
Dortmund are now only a point behind Bayern Munich, the league leaders. They will surely love to hunt down the title race to the wire.