Bundesliga, 22nd matchday
Was that actually the last Revier derby in the Bundesliga for the time being? It almost looks like this – because after the 0: 4 (0: 2) defeat against Borussia Dortmund, FC Schalke 04 is stumbling more and more towards relegation to the 2nd division. Jadon Sancho (42nd), Erling Haaland (45th, 79th) and Raphael Guerreiro (60th) met again for BVB against disappointing Schalke, who only improved a little after the break, but fell apart in the end .
“We wanted to get three points, we wanted to fight here,” said Dortmund Emre Can after the game on Sky. “We deservedly got three points.” Can also commented: “I wish Schalke all the best. It would be a shame for the Ruhrpott if there weren’t any more derbies. I hope that they stay in the league.”
Dortmund stay in sixth place in the top group with 36 points, while S04 remains bottom of the table with just nine points. Already to Arminia Bielefeld in the relegation place 16 there are nine points behind – it looks increasingly gloomy for the team of coach Christian Gross.
The Gelsenkircheners, on the other hand, who won only one of the last 38 (!) Bundesliga games, have to be prepared for the fourth relegation after 1981, 1983 and 1989. Royal Blue was also unlucky: Shortly before kick-off, Rio World Champion Shkodran Mustafi was injured, and goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann was also injured after half an hour.
Sancho quickly had the first chance to score
Schalke coach Christian Gross not only had to do without Mustafi for a short time, who had to break off the warm-up program with muscular problems. For him, full-back Bastian Oczipka played in the defense center. Previously, the ailing Nabil Bentaleb had to evacuate the “ten”, with Nassim Boujellab replacing the Algerian. BVB coach Edin Terzic also had to reschedule: central defender Manuel Akanji fell out with a torn muscle fiber, and Emre Can moved into defense for him.
Schalke initially withdrew a long way and largely left the initiative to BVB. Sancho had the first chance to score early on, but failed to Fährmann (7th). If the Royal Blues came near the Dortmund penalty area by conquering the ball and quickly switching, the decisive pass failed in the top.
The BVB combined quite well, but in the last third the precision against the multi-legged Schalke defense was missing.
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The Schalke number three in goal, Michael Langer, came to their second Bundesliga appearance because the Frankfurt loan from Frederik Rönnow was injured anyway.
The second goal, on the other hand, was a treat: after Sancho’s cross, Haaland hit with a remarkable side puller.
After the break, Suat Serdar had bad luck, whose shot directed BVB keeper Marwin Hitz to the post (51.). Dortmund took advantage of the first advance to 3-0: After a one-two with captain Marco Reus, Guerreiro made the final decision, Haaland’s second goal after substitute Jude Bellingham made Dortmund’s luck perfect.