COVID-19: Five things learned from the return of the Bundesliga
SEDAN: Bayern Munich they kept their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga how Germany gave fans around the world their first contact with the elite football for two months amid empty supports and strict hygiene guidelines designed to reduce the spread of coronavirus .
Here's a look at the five things we learned from one of the weirdest weekends in game history.
The Bundesliga has a head start of at least a month on the other major leagues aiming to restart this summer, and some of strange scenes seen in Germany will become the new normal should football return to England, Italy and Spain.
La Liga and Serie A are aiming for mid-June how a potential start date for their suspended seasons, and fans in both countries may have to get used to silent, empty stadiums, socially-distanced goal celebrations, football ers in face masks and the spectre of players catching COVID-19 .
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Bayern had two thirds of possession at the Alten Foesterei stadium, and once Robert Lewandowski slotted home his 26th league goal of the season from the penalty spot five minutes before the break, the result was never in doubt how the champions went on to claim a 2-0 win.
In the wake of Dortmund's 4-0 beating of Ruhr rival Schalke, teenage sensation Erling Braut Haaland was a young man of few words with the media desperately waiting for something from the 19 goal machine years.
However, according to the AFP affiliate SID, Haaland mumbled a total of eight English words to journalists, including Why Not? what if.
It didn't really matter, how Haaland had done his talking on the pitch, picking up where he left off before the world went into virus emergency shutdown .
The Norwegian, who turns 20 this summer, swept the first game, the league's first goal on his restart, before leaning on Raphael Guerreiro's first brace, proving once again that he is the European player to follow.
He has 41 goals this season in all competitions and 13 for Dortmund in just 12 games since joining in January from Red Bull Salzburg.
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Specialist website DWDL.de reported on Sunday that over six million people in Germany watched the first top-tier matches in two months, with 3.68 million tuning into broadcaster Sky Germany 's subscription channels on Saturday.
Another 2.45 million tuned in to the 'Konferenz', a simultaneous live broadcast of the five games in the afternoon, on the free sports news channel.
Sky Germany had a market share of 27.4 percent on their pay-to-view channels and 18.2 percent on their free channel.
The German Football League (DFL) told AFP that the matches were televised by more than 70 broadcasters around the world, all in previously agreed-upon agreements.
British newspaper the Daily Mail reports that UK viewers were left frustrated how the BT Sport application showing the matches buckled under the weight of demand from fans.
Germany has one of the world's most vibrant football fan cultures, with raucous fans packing stadiums where entrance fees are priced at a fraction of what Premier League fans have to shell out.
And while millions tuned in to watch some live football , a significant portion of match-going supporters are livid at the idea of games going ahead without the noisy backdrop provided by German fans.
On Saturday, fans in Augsburg left a banner on their team's ground that said Soccer gives life: their business is sick.
Meanwhile, St Pauli on Sunday posted a Twitter image of a banner that read: Soccer lives through its fans! Without you, it's nothing!