Erling Haaland was on the scoresheet as Borussia Dortmund ran rampant with an emphatic victory over fierce rivals Schalke on the resumption of the Bundesliga at an eerie Signal Iduna Park.
With the eyes of the world on football’s big return amid the coronavirus pandemic, it took wonderkid Haaland just 29 minutes to pick up where he had left off when he ruthlessly opened the scoring with an elegant side-foot finish from Thorgan’s Hazard cross. It was the youngster’s 13th goal since joining the club in January.
Even without the enterprise of Jadon Sancho, who started the game on the bench, Dortmund’s quality was too much for Schalke, who only had themselves to blame as they conceded a second on the stroke of half-time. The finger of blame will be pointed at goalkeeper Markus Schubert whose poor clearance fell at the feet of Thomas Delaney, who found Julian Brandt and his beautifully-weighted pass saw Raphael Guerriero put Dortmund firmly in control.
The hosts put the game beyond the reach of their rivals just three minutes after the restart when Hazard – who was a late addition to the line-up following the injury to 17-year-old Giovanni Reyna in the warm-up – was released by Brandt and beat the hapless Schubert at his near post.
In what was one of the most one-sided Revierderby meetings in recent years, the rout was completed in spectacular fashion in the 63rd minute by the outside of Gueirrero’s boot after he broke the offside trap to latch onto Haaland’s clever pass, as the title challengers moved to within a point of Bayern Munich, who play Union Berlin on Sunday. Schalke, meanwhile, drop to eighth.