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World’s major football league resume play

Germany’s Bundesliga is the first of Europe’s major football leagues to return to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bundesliga reopened May 16 with five closed-door games across the league after two months of hibernation due to the global health crisis.

The usual crowds during a football game was absent as the pandemic continues.

Borussia Dortmund hammered local rivals Schalke in an empty Signal Iduna Park, 4-0, in the first Revierderby of the decade.

Even celebrating each successful goal became different with striker Erling Braut Haaland making sure he and his teammates practiced social distancing after he found the back of the net in the 29th minute of the match.

In the sidelines, substitutes on the bench sat one-seat apart to obey distancing rules set by the league. Everyone not on the field wore face masks.

As major sports struggle to resume play during the pandemic, fans and athletes need to get used to situations like these for the foreseeable future. With leagues such as the NBA discussing possibly resuming the season, a lot of sporting events may look similar to the Bundesliga matches until COVID-19 crisis ends.

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