The German Bundesliga finely made its much anticipated return on Saturday with six games played.
The pick of the fixtures saw Borussia Dortmund thump rivals Schalke 04 4-0 at the Signal Iduna Park.
After a shaky start to proceedings, the host found the breakthrough through marksman Erling Haland before Raphael Guerreiro made it 2-0 at the stroke of halftime. The left-back turn winger would go onto to complete his brace in the second half to make it 4-0 after Thorgan Hazard had found the net three minutes after the break.
Victory sees Lucian Favre’s side move to 54 points, one behind leaders Bayern Munich who will be in action away to Union Berlin.
For Schalke, they drop into 8th with 37 points from 26 games.
In what was the shocker of the day, Hertha Berlin defeated Hoffenheim 3-0 away from home.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, Kevin Akpoguma scored in his own at to hand the visitors the lead on 58 minutes before Vidad Ibisevic made it 2-0 two minutes later. Matheus Cunha made the points safe for Hertha q6 minutes from time.
Three points earned see Hertha climb into 11th with 31 points while Hoffenheim stay 9th on 35 points.
In Dusseldorf, the hosts could only manage a 0-0 draw against rooted Paderbon in what was a cagey affair.
Despite the point, Paderbon stay at the bottom of the pile with 17 points from 26 games while the hosts now have 24 points in 16th.
On a day that witnessed three away victories, Wolfsburg scrapped to a 2-1 victory away to Augsburg.
Renato Steffen would hand the visitors the lead on 43 minutes but Tin Jedvaj would level matters 9 minutes into the second half. The winning goal came inside additional time off Daniel Zinczek’s foot.
The win is Wolfsburg’s 10th of the season and sees them climb into 6th with 39 points while Augsburg stay in 14th with 27 points.
In Leipzig, the hosts saw their title hopes all but ended as they drew 1-1 against Freiburg.
Manuel Gulde opened the scoring on 34 minutes to see Freiburg take the lead. With 13 minutes left on the clock, Leipzig equalized through Yussef Poulsen but that is all the hosts could manage on a disappointing day.
The draw leaves Leipzig four points off the pace with leaders Bayern having played a game less.
For Freiburg, they climb into 7th with 37 points, two adrift of the final Europa League place.
In the late kick-off of the day, Borussia Monchengladbach took care of Frankfurt 3-1 at the Commerzbank Arena.
The visitors were rampant from the word go with Alessan Plea and Marcus Thuram each scoring once in the opening 7 minutes to put Gladbach 2-0 up.
Rami Bensebaini made the points safe with 17 minutes to play, putting away a penalty after Breel Embolo was bundled over in the area.
However, Andre Silva pulled one back for the hosts with 9 minutes from time to ensure the score-board reads 1-3 at fulltime.
Victory sees Gladbach move level on points (52) with third placed Leipzig while Frankfurt drops to 14 with 27 points from 26 games.
The Bundesliga will continue with two games on Sunday. Koln hosts Mainz in the early kick off while Bayern are away to Union Berlin later.
On Monday, Werder Bremen hosts Bayer Leverkusen.
Bundesliga results: Saturday, 16-05-2020
-Dortmund 4-0 Schalke O4
-Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Berlin
-Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderbon
-Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg
-RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg
-Frankfurt 1-3 Monchengladbach
Bundesliga upcoming fixtures
-Koln vs Mainz @4:30pm
-Union Berlin vs Bayern @7pm
-Werder Bremen vs Bayer Leverkusen @9:30pm