Bundesliga Week 26 Recap
Erling Haaland picked up where he left off, scoring early for Dortmund against Schalke. Martin Meissner/EPA.

Muted applause welcomed the Bundesliga back in place of usually raucous arenas for Week 26 of the 2019-20 season, the first football played among Europe’s major leagues in more than two months.

Germany’s top-flight teams returned in varying conditions following the lengthy break due to coronavirus. Bayern Munich weren’t missing much of their usual lustre and looked comfortable beating Union Berlin 2-0 away to stay four points clear at the top, though Borussia Dortmund showed they haven’t lost a step, either, hammering Schalke 4-0 in Saturday’s Revierderby.

Bundesliga Table

Bundesliga Week 26 Results

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Schalke

RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Berlin

Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderborn

Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich

Cologne 2-2 Mainz

Werder Bremen 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Schalke

The Black and Yellows laid on the best entertainment of the weekend despite Jadon Sancho not appearing until the last 10 minutes. Erling Haaland broke the deadlock with a 10th Dortmund goal in only his sixth start for the club, with Thorgan Hazard joining in the scoring alongside a Raphael Guerreiro brace, via Fox Soccer:

Empty Westfalenstadion or not, the derby hosts showed their appreciation to the Yellow Wall supporters who would have been in attendance had conditions allowed:

Dortmund’s win keeps them within sight of the summit and two points in front of their closest competition. Lucien Favre’s side are set to host Die Roten on May 26 in what promises to be a crunch clash in regards to the title race.

Union Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich

There are few certainties in sports at the moment, but Robert Lewandowski maintained his steady record at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts with his 26th goal of the campaign.

The Pole opened Bayern’s account at Union from the penalty spot after Thomas Muller had a goal disallowed by VAR, but Benjamin Pavard’s 80th-minute header later made up for the call:

Werder Bremen 1-4 Bayer Leverkusen

Kai Havertz revelled in an advanced striker role in Monday’s sole fixture as Bayer Leverkusen ran rampant at relegation-threatened Werder Bremen, triumphing 4-1 to extend their unbeaten run to 11 matches (10 wins, one draw).

The 20-year-old picked up where he left off in the Bundesliga and scored either side of a Theodor Gebre Selassie equaliser before Mitchell Weiser and Kerem Demirbay also found the mark:

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach

The hosts also crumbled in Frankfurt where Eintracht were exposed by guests Monchengladbach, who seared into an early lead thanks to goals from Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram:

It wasn’t for another 66 minutes that Ramy Bensebaini converted from 12 yards to steer ‘Gladbach 3-0 ahead. Andre Silva pulled one back for the hosts with nine minutes remaining, though it wasn’t enough to boost their standing, now just five points off the relegation places.

RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg

If Dortmund’s result against Schalke was the most impressive of Week 26, Leipzig’s 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg will have the biggest impact—and it could easily have been more disastrous.

Robin Koch was denied an injury-time winner thanks to VAR, meaning Yussuf Poulsen’s equaliser was enough to rescue a point after Manuel Guide’s opener for the visitors. Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella set the scene as Leipzig—now fourth and seven points off the leaders—were held to a third straight draw:

Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg

Daniel Ginczek’s 91st-minute strike ensured Wolfsburg’s quest for Europe remained on course. They collected a 2-1 win at Augsburg, who have now lost four in a row—the joint-longest active losing streak in the Bundesilga—and last recorded a win on February 1.

Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Berlin

Hertha Berlin’s first victory in three months came in the form of a 3-0 demolition of Saturday’s hosts, Hoffenheim. Vedad Ibisevic doubled the guests’ lead after Kevin Akpoguma’s own goal, though Matheus Cunha scored the pick of the bunch before demonstrating how not to observe social-distancing measures in his celebrations:

Cologne 2-2 Mainz

Cunha’s effort is the shoo-in for Goal of the Weekend, but Pierre Kunde Malong finished a storming solo run of his own to salvage a 2-2 draw for Mainz after they fell two behind at Cologne:

Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi scored his first Mainz goal to get them on the board following hits from Mark Uth (penalty) and Florian Kainz, extending the visitors’ unbeaten run to three matches.