Haaland scored in the 29th minute for the first goal of the five matches kicking off on Saturday afternoon on the long-awaited return of top-flight football in Europe.
The setting may be unfamiliar with the German Bundeskiga returning behind closed doors after a two-month coronavirus shutdown, but the identity of the day’s first goal-scorer was entirely familiar as Erling Haaland put Borussia Dortmund ahead against Schalke.
Haaland diverted a low Thorgan Hazard cross into the far corner of the net in the 29th minute for the first goal of the five matches kicking off on Saturday afternoon on the long-awaited comeback of top-flight football in Europe.
The Norway international scored his 13th goal in 12 appearances in all competitions since joining Dortmund in January, making him only the second Bundesliga player to achieve that feat after Klaus Matischak for Schalke in 1963-64.
The match was a rather strange affair, with no fans in the stadium producing an unusually low tempo and quiet Revierderby atmosphere, though it was Dortmund who landed the first blow.
At the end of matches, Dortmund’s players usually go over to the Yellow Wall end, link hands and cheer in unison with fans, though this time they all spread out across the pitch and did it two metres apart in front of an empty stand.