Borussia Dortmund have finalized their preparations to open the Bundesliga restart against their arch-rivals Schalke at an emptied Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
The match would normally have over 80,000 pairs of eyes inside Signal Iduna Park as the rivalry between the two clubs goes back a long way and is known as the mother of all derbies in the Bundesliga.
Aside from earning the bragging rights, 2nd placed Dortmund are also looking to keep-up the chase of Bayern Munich, who are sitting 4 points clear at the top of the standings.
The BVB’s main fire-power in the derby would be the promising duo of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho. Yet they are slightly short-handed as Captain Marco Reus as well as Axel Witsel and Emre Jan have all picked up injuries since the return to training.
Premier League: Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa
Manchester United have earned a 3-0 win at Aston Villa for their fourth straight victory to keep up their chase for a top-four spot.
Man United scored the opener in the 27th minute when Bruno Fernandes converted a VAR-awarded penalty.
Mason Greenwood doubled the lead with a superb shot from 20 yards out, in first-half stoppage time. And Paul Pogba added the third with a classy low shot to wrap up the win.
The red devils, who are now unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions, sit fifth in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Leicester City and two adrift of Chelsea in third with four games left.
Lewis Hamilton takes part in “really moving” anti-racism protest in London
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton marched in the latest anti-racism protest in London on Sunday, describing the experience as “really moving”.
The 35-year-old Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, joined the protests which have become common since the death of George Floyd in the United States last month.
“Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest and I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram.
“I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage.
“I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing.”
Hamilton also posted a photograph of himself holding up a Black Lives Matter sign while his T-shirt slogan said: ‘Black is a vibe’.
Lewis Hamilton takes part in “really moving” anti-racism protest
The six-time world champion also wore a yellow scarf around his face.
Earlier, Hamilton had penned an article for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper in which he said he was launching his own diversity body to attract more black youngsters into motor racing, insisting the “time for token gestures is over”.
Hamilton, a powerful and influential voice, said he was teaming up with Britain’s Royal Academy of Engineering to launch The Hamilton Commission.
“I’ve been fighting the stigma of racism throughout my racing career – from kids throwing things at me while karting, to being taunted by fans in black face at a 2007 Grand Prix, one of my first Formula One races,” wrote Hamilton.
“Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist.
“It is not enough to point to me, or to a single new black hire, as a meaningful example of progress. Thousands of people are employed across this industry and that group needs to be more representative of society.”
The research partnership wants to encourage young black people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Hamilton hopes that will then open up avenues to boost the number of minorities represented in Formula One.
“The time for platitudes and token gestures is over,” he insisted.
La Liga: Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar
Real Madrid have made a winning return to La Liga action as they beat Eibar 3-1 at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, to narrow the gap on leaders Barcelona.
Real waste no time in pursuit of Barcelona as Toni Kroos found the net in the 4th minute with a sublime strike from inside the box.
Captain Sergio Ramos then tapped in a square ball from Eden Hazard, to double the lead at the half hour mark. And after a nice interplay between Hazard and Karim Benzema, a crisp strike from Marcelo made it 3-nil before the break.
Eibar put up a fight in the second half and pulled one back at the hour mark, when Pablo De Blasis’ shot hit Pedro Bigas and trickled past Courtois into the net. But that was it and Los Blancos kept Eibar at bay to bag the full points.
In another major fixture on Sunday night, Champions League hopefuls Real Sociedad failed to widen the gap with Getafe in the race for the top 4, as they slumped to a 1-all home draw against Osasuna.
The visitors went ahead with a first half penalty goal from Adrian Lopez, But Mikel Oyarzabal tied the match for Sociedad on the hour mark. The draw leaves Sociedad fourth on 47 points, one ahead of 5th-placed Getafe who limped to a 2-1 defeat at Granada on Friday.
La Liga: Real Madrid