There is no “easy” game in the Ruhr valley. And in the Revierderby, expect mayhem. Struggling Schalke put what could be the final nail in the coffin of Dortmund’s Bundesliga title campaign with a 4-2 win at the Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund came out blazing, as Jadon Sancho’s flick to Götze was tapped in the back of the net with such ease that it looked too simple. But Dortmund gave up a penalty following VAR and David Caligiuri put it home to even the score in the 18th minute. Salif Sane turned in a header from a corner ten minutes later to stun the black and yellow fans.
The wheels fell off for Dortmund soon into the second half. Marco Reus was sent off with a straight red after a challenge from behind. Moments after his captain armband came off, Daniel Caligiuri smashed the free kick past Roman Bürki to put Schalke up by two goals. Marius Wolf followed Reus’ example with a late challenge and was sent off three minutes after the goal, leaving Dortmund virtually anemic at the front and back. Though Axel Witsel brought Dortmund within one with six minutes remaining, Breel Donald Embolo put the game away with a strike two minutes later.
Emotions were high all over the stadium, as one would expect from the Revierderby. Schalke fans had to enter the stadium behind a row of police cars to keep them separate from the Dortmund fans. A total of eight cards were given out: two red cards for Dortmund and six yellow cards for Schalke. Following the match, riot police had to break up what could have become a mass brawl between ultras in the stadium. All in all, another Revierderby in the books.
Match photos from our intrepid sideline photojournalist, @Kai_Dambach.
Schalke 04: Nübel, McKennie (Bruma, 77′), Nastasic, Mascarell, Serdar, Stambouli, Caligiuri (Rudy, 67′), Burgstaller, Oczipka, Sane, Embolo (Matondo, 87′)
Unused subs: Fährmann, Kutucu, Harit, Carls
Coach: Huub Stevens
Borussia Dortmund: Bürki, Diallo, Akanji, Wolf (red card, 65′), Weigl, Delaney (Alcacer, 56′), Sancho, Reus (red card, 60′), Guerreiro (Pulisic, 78′) Witsel, Götze (Bruun Larsen, 83′)
Unused subs: Hitz, Dahoud, Schmelzer, Toprak
Coach: Lucien Favre