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Football: Dortmund rout Schalke to close gap on Bayern

Sunday, 2020-05-17 08:00:29
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Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - May 16, 2020 Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland in action with Schalke's Salif Sane, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Borussia Dortmund thrashed traditional rivals Schalke 4-0 to close the gap on champions and leaders Bayern Munich to one point as the Bundesliga restarted on Saturday (May 16) after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dortmund, who had won seven of their last eight games before the league was halted in mid-March, picked up where they left off as Portugal midfielder Raphael Guerreiro scored twice while Erling Haaland and Thorgan Hazard added a goal each.

* Wolfsburg stretched their unbeaten league run to seven games with a 2-1 win at Augsburg in the Bundesliga, moving up to sixth in the standings as the season restarted on Saturday inside an empty Augsburg Arena.

* RB Leipzig were held to a 1-1 draw by Freiburg as the Bundesliga restarted following the coronavirus suspension on Saturday (May 16), suffering a further knock to their dwindling title hopes.

* Borussia Moenchengladbach boosted their hopes of winning a first Bundesliga title since 1977 after early goals from Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram helped them secure a 3-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (May 16).

* The Bundesliga’s bottom side Paderborn rode their luck as they came away with a potentially vital point in a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.

* Germany's Pascal Wehrlein took his second successive virtual Formula E win for Mahindra on Saturday to replace compatriot Maximilian Guenther in the overall lead of the Race at Home Challenge.

* Lokomotiv Moscow's Jefferson Farfan has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Russian Premier League club said on Saturday (May 16). Farfan, 35, is yet to play a game in this campaign, which has eight more rounds remaining, after sustaining a knee injury last year.

* Clubs in Spanish soccer's top two divisions can begin training in small groups from Monday (May 18) as they move into the third phase of a protocol for resuming activity after disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a source close to the matter has said.

Reuters, CNA