Bundesliga returns without fans; here's what the matches (and celebrations) looked like behind closed doors

Germany's Bundesliga made its return behind closed doors this weekend to become the first major soccer league to return since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. With the games being played without any spectators, things looked very different. 

Here's a look at some of the scenes from Saturday's first matchups without fans:

One of the safety protocols the league has committed includes the disinfection of all match balls at half-time.

On the substitutes benches, players followed the six-feet apart social distancing rule and wore masks.

After Dortmund took home a 4-0 win against Schalke, the players went about with their typical postgame thanks, usually given to the a stadium full of fans. The new coronavirus measures didn't stop players from keeping with their tradition.

Dortmund star Erling Haaland said that the team's tribute was for the fans who couldn't be at the game today. The best part of this is that they were still able to have Haaland conduct a postgame interview, attaching the microphone to a pole to limit the distance. 

Borussia Monchengladbach also found a way to honor their supporters, with cut-outs of their fans. The cut-outs were an idea the club came up with back in March during the league's shutdown. Fans were able to purchase their own cut-out to be placed in the stadium, and the money went to support local causes.

Haaland scored the first goal of the match on Saturday, and he celebrated with his teammates, but followed the acceptable social distancing rules.

Freiburg players did the same:


For a look at the complete Bundesliga schedule and scores, click here.

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