May 17,The German Bundesliga resumed on Saturday, 16th May. South Korea’s K League started previous weekend, whereas some smaller leagues such as Belarus and Nicaragua was always in action. But this was the first exclusive football in over two months because of the enormously spreading coronavirus pandemic.
For the match, teams arrived with facemask in several buses so players could socially distance on the journey to the game. The team and staff had been quarantined in hotels all week and being tested for coronavirus regularly. Other people, including media who were attending the games, had their temperatures checked constantly.
The fans were not allowed to have a glimpse of the ongoing match. And police were guarding to ensure no crowds gathered. The only people who were seen during the match were players, coaches, ball boys, media, VAR operators, and security. 213 people were allowed into the ground, 98 around the pitch, 115 in the stands, 109 people outside the stadium. Footballs were sanitized by ball boys before the game and again at half-time. It was seen that the substitutes and coaches wore masks and socially distanced. Head coaches were allowed to go without a mask so they could shout instructions to their players.
The glimpse of Substitutes taking off their masks while warm-up was seen. And when players were replaced they headed to the bench with the mask on. The actual play itself was no different to normal with challenges flying in and plenty of goals but there was some social distancing on a show for goals and strikes, the players had elbow bumps instead of hugs.
The result of Bundesliga were as following:
Wolfsburg beat Augsburg, 2-1
Dortmund beat Schalke 04, 4-0
Dusseldorf and Paderborn were held draw with score being 0-0
RB Leipzig and Freiburg where each scored 1-1
M’gladbach beat Frankfurt, 3-1