11:28 a.m. And some dramatic finishes. It looked like Freiburg might have stolen one in Red Bull Stadium, but it was waived off for offsides. They escape with a 1-1 win, and might have killed RB’s chances at the trophy for good.
Also Wolfsburg gets a brace from Daniel Ginczek in the 90th minute to steal the spoils at Augsburg. It’s a 2-1 win for the visitors, who now move into sixth and the last Europa League place overtaking Freiburg.
11:08 a.m. And Leipzig pulls even! RB gets one back through Yussuf Poulsen. Any chance they have at the trophy means they’ll likely need another. Dropping two points at home when you’re four down already is possibly a death sentence. They’ve got eight minutes plus stoppage time to resolve.
10:54 a.m. And now it’s 4-0 Dortmund in Westfalenhalle as Raphael Guerreiro bangs it home again with a clinical finish with the outside of his left foot after a flawless 1-2 to blow by a statuesque Schalke back line.
10:45 a.m. A pair of goals for Hertha after the break have given them a 2-0 lead over Hoffenheim after 61 minutes. Kevin Akpoguma and Vedad Ibisevic tallied in the 58th and 60th minute, and the visitors take a lead despite three cautions early.
10:19 a.m. And Raphael Guerrero for BVB adds a goal as Schalke’s netminder Markus Schubert made a meal of a clearance, and Guerrero intercepted just short of midfield and slotted it with authority past the 21-year-old keeper. It’s 2-0 Dortmund at half, who have dominated so far.
Here are all the scores at intermission:
Augsburg 0-1 Wolfsburg
Dortmund 2-0 Schalke
Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderborn
Hoffenheim 0-0 Hertha
Leipzig 0-1 Freiburg
Also, there is certainly some upside to having no fans screaming during the match. You get to hear pleasantries such as “Go f*** your grandmother.”
No fans = we hear everything. Jean-Clair Todibo to Erling Braut Haaland moments before the Norwegian scored: “Go **** your grandmother.” pic.twitter.com/3Xy1il6HH5— Get French Football News (@GFFN) May 16, 2020
10:05 a.m. And now we’ve got a second as Manuel Gulde breaks through for Freiburg at Red Bull Arena. The rest of Germany outside of Leipzig is likely overjoyed.
10:01 a.m. And we’re on the board! Erling Haaland takes in the cross from Thorgan Hazard, and pokes it from the top of the six to the lower left corner in the 29th minute, and it’s 1-0 BVB in The Revierderby.
9:53 a.m. We are at least 20 minutes into all five matches... and still no one has scored in the Bundesliga in two months. Some good chances for Leipzig against Freiburg, but a lot of poor play in the attacking third from the matches we’re seeing. Just some rough timing and difficulty linking with teammates, which makes sense considering the time spent away from competition.
9:30 a.m. And now there’s even more bad news for Dortmund, as Gio Reyna pulled a muscle in warm-ups and won’t be available for the home side. The USA’s #10, on a side that’s had a great tradition of American players over the years, is a key contributor to Die Borussen Die Schwarzgelben. We’ll see how it goes without two key attackers.
9:27 a.m. The biggest news of the morning pre-match is likely Jadon Sancho being ruled out for Borussia Dortmund with a muscle injury. That means Erling Haaland starts in his place, and he’ll be the key for BVB to get off to a good restart this season.
German soccer is back! The Bundesliga restarts its 2019-2020 season today after suspending play due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They had completed 25 matchdays, and reopen with nine remaining. They’ll be playing them out over seven weekends, with two mid-week matchdays mixed in to finish up by the end of June.
The restart opens with five 9:30 a.m. ET matches, spreads across the FOX Sports network of channels. You can watch soccer on FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, and FOX Soccer Match Pass. Today’s schedule includes the following:
Borussia Dortmund vs. FC Schalke 04, 9:30 a.m. — FS1, FOX Deportes
RB Leipzig vs. SC Freiburg, 9:30 a.m. — FS2, TUDN
TSG Hoffenheim vs. Hertha Berlin, 9:30 a.m. — FOX Soccer Match Pass
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs. SC Paderborn 07, 9:30 a.m. — FOX Soccer Match Pass
FC Augsburg vs. VfL Wolfsburg, 9:30 a.m. — FOX Soccer+
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach, 12:30 p.m. — FS1
We’ll be here to offer live updates during the morning matches. We want to see who scores the first goal, who has the best celebrations, and who comes out on top in this return to action. This marks the return of the first major sports league in Europe or North America, and it’s safe to say other leagues will be watching closely to see how it works out for the Bundesliga.