Schalke wins the Derby in Dortmund
On the 31st matchday the BVB and Schalke had the probably most important game of the second half on their agenda. In the Derby, the guest from Schalke won 4:2. At the BVB, two players received a red card, Königsblau scored a goal after a controversial penalty. The spectators could not complain about a lack of excitement.
Before FC Bayern will start on Sunday in Nuremberg, the BVB wanted to build pressure on the leader of the standings with a victory. Schalke, however, needed the trio to achieve the goal of class retention. For the fans of both clubs the Derby victory is the biggest success of the season anyway. In the first half of the season, the Dortmund team had taken a 2-1 away win. As expected, the BVB came better into the game and pushed S04 deep into their own half. After just under a quarter of an hour, the black-yellow players were rewarded for their courageous start. Jadon Sancho lifted the ball to Mario Götze, who loosely headed in from seven meters. The goal was followed by the first excitement of the game. Sancho was hit on the head by a lighter while cheering, but was able to continue playing after a short treatment. Only a few minutes after the lead followed excitement number two, this time on the other side.
Schalke turns the game
Breel Embolo hit the arm of Julian Weigl from the shortest distance. The video assistant switched on and suddenly there was a lot of penalty kicks for Schalke. Daniel Caligiuri converted the penalty shot in the 18th minute to 1:1. After the lucky equalizer Dortmund wanted to take the lead again quickly. The next goal, however, much again on the side of the Schalker. Salif Sane jumped the highest after a corner in the 28th minute and let his team cheer. S04 withdrew now and defended the tight lead until the break whistle. After the restart a similar picture showed up. The BVB started, Schalke concentrated on the defensive. After an hour it became hectic. Marco Reus had fouled Suat Serdar, referee Felix Zwayer punished the slide from behind with a red card. The free-kick from the foul was then taken by Caligiuri. The underdog led suddenly against ten Dortmunders with 3:1.
Dortmund with double red
The fans had not yet digested the dismissal and the third Schalker goal when the next excitement followed. This time it was Marius Wolf who started the straddle and again it was Serdar who suffered the foul. After 65 minutes Zwayer pulled out red for the second time. Axel Witsel made the game once again exciting, when he could hit in the 84th minute to 2:3. But Schalke did not let his success be taken away. Embolo restored the old distance in the 86th minute and caused boundless rejoicing among the Schalker fans. After the match, Favre criticised the penalty shot that had led to the equaliser. “Those who invented this rule have no idea about football and can’t look in the mirror. If Bavaria wins, Dortmund is already four points behind the top. Schalke makes a step toward class retention and lies six points ahead of 16.