RB Leipzig vs Freiburg – Bundesliga: Live score and updates
BUNDESLIGA LIVE: All the build up to the rest of Saturday action as Germany’s top-flight makes its long-awaited return after two months, as officials socially distance outside grounds and players observe new norms
- Football makes its long-awaited return after an agonising two-month wait
- The Bundesliga becomes the first major European league to restart the action
- Today sees the restart of Germany’s top-flight with six games taking place
- RB Leipzig vs Freiburg and four other games kick off at 2:30pm BST today
- UK viewers can watch all Bundesliga games via BT Sport this afternoon
- FOLLOW LIVE SCORE AND UPDATES for Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke here
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Leipzig’s boss Julian Nagelsmann sports a tight black facemask as he conducts his pre-match media duties.
Social distancing measures are also being obeyed.
We’re under 10 minutes away from the action restarting after what seems like forever.
Stay with us for all the latest updates following kick-off.
Fußball’s coming home – and the route it’s taking has never been travelled down before.
The Bundesliga is back this weekend, the first major action since the coronavirus pandemic spread across Europe. And it will be beamed into houses across the United Kingdom on BT Sport.
Yet this will not be a normal broadcast. Sure, those watching from the couch might not notice the difference. But behind the scenes, the channel are producing the show in a way that has never been seen for live sport in this country before.
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Billions around the world are watching as the Bundesliga returns amid a pandemic that has torn football apart… there will be empty stadiums and odd atmospheres but the beautiful game is BACK
KIT HOLDEN: Let the experiment begin. Football returns on Saturday and the eyes of Europe and the world will be on Germany. As well as a thrilling title race, a gruelling relegation battle and an iconic local derby, the real attraction this weekend will be the answer to that billion-dollar question: can it work?
‘There will be billions watching us,’ Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Bild on Wednesday. Many of those will be watching simply for the joy of live football, but perhaps more will be looking for answers. What does league football look like without fans? Can you really play in a pandemic? How will they celebrate? Can it work?
Yet before we launch into all that, perhaps it is worth dwelling – for one, blissful moment – on the football itself. For even in the quiet of empty stadiums, the Bundesliga is set to be back with a bang.
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Germany’s second tier on Saturday became the first professional western European league to resume following the coronavirus lockdown.
Bundesliga 2 action returned at midday, with four matches played behind closed doors and with strict health guidelines in place.
However, the game between Hanover and Dynamo Dresden was postponed after the Dresden squad was forced to quarantine for two weeks due to two positive tests for COVID-19.
South Korean Lee Jae-Sung scored the first Bundesliga goal in over two months by giving Holstein Kiel a third-minute lead at Regensburg.
The leagues are hoping to conclude by the end of June, having been suspended in mid-March, with nine rounds of regular-season matches to be played.
To minimise the risk of infection, players and staff are being tested regularly and each club has been in a week-long quarantine ahead of the matches.
Teams will arrive at stadiums in several buses in order to meet social distancing requirements inside the vehicles. Once on the pitch, players have been warned not to hug to celebrate goals.
Substitutes and coaches on the bench must wear protective masks.
While football may be making a return today – it won’t be as we know it.
The latest images show stadiums, that are usually bustling with match-going fans, empty and eeriely quiet.
As a part of protocol, all games for the forseeable future will be played behind closed doors, creating a surreal atmosphere for sure.
Good afternoon everyone and we can finally welcome football back after a long two-month hiatus.
The coronavirus saw the world of sport stop in March but now has been deemed the right time to welcome back the beautiful game… in Germany.
The Bundesliga becomes the first major European league to restart and it will be here to stay so long as everyone involved remains safe and virus free, which we can all hope for.
Today will see six live games in Germany’s top-flight with five games kicking off at 2:30pm BST and one evening kick-off at 5:30pm.
Stay with me and I will be covering RB Leipzig’s clash with Freiburg along with Hoffenheim encounter with Hertha Berlin. Dusseldorf will also host Paderborn while Augsburg take on Wolfsburg.
The game of the day will be Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke, which we have dedicated an entirely separate live blog too, which you can find by clicking here.
Football is finally back after a long two-month hiatus as the Bundesliga becomes the first major European league to make its long-awaited return.
The coronavirus pandemic saw the world of sport come to a shuddering halt in March but football has now made its comeback as the world looks to return to some form of normality.
Today will see RB Leipzig look to restart their title bid when hosting Freiburg, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men five points of leaders Bayern Munich and one point off Borussia Dortmund in second.
Elsewhere, there is action from Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin, Dusseldorf vs Paderborn and Augsburg vs Wolfsburg as clubs look to shake off the cobwebs with a win on their return to action.
Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy will provide live coverage for the 2:30pm Bundesliga action including score, lineups and build-up.
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