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Tens of fans showed placards in Cologne prior to the match between Cologne and Mainz 05 in protest at the resumption of the Bundesliga in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's Köln's turn to return to football. However, just a few weeks ago, the team almost threatened the resumption of German competition when three members tested positive.
Sweden striker Robin Quaison hit a hat-trick as Mainz earned a 3-1 win at ten-man Hertha Berlin on Saturday to push Jurgen Klinsmann's side towards the Bundesliga relegation spots.
Hoffenheim missed out on an opportunity to move into the Bundesliga's top four on Sunday, suffering a heavy 5-1 home defeat by a Mainz side playing under newly appointed coach Achim Beierlorzer.
Bundesliga relegation candidates Mainz have announced Achim Beierlorzer as their new head coach, just nine days after the 51-year-old was fired by fellow strugglers Cologne.
Mainz sacked Sandro Schwarz as head coach on Sunday after more than two years in charge, making him the third boss to be dismissed by a Bundesliga club in the last week.
Amine Harit's superb last-minute goal saw Schalke snatch a dramatic win over Mainz and move to second in the Bundesliga on Friday, level on points with league leaders RB Leipzig.
Everton sold Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, and have moved swiftly to bring in Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz.
Jadon Sancho's first-half brace and Roman Buerki's goalkeeping heroics helped pile the pressure back onto Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga title race as Borussia Dortmund survived a late scare to secure a 2-1 win over Mainz on Saturday.
Bayern Munich's under-fire coach Niko Kovac is urging his side to take their Champions League frustrations out on Sunday's opponents Mainz to stay ahead in the Bundesliga title race.