Dortmund sweep Schalke aside in Revierderby: Match report

Schalke 0-4 Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga Matchday 22
20/02/21

Schalke were woeful as Borussia Dortmund put four past die Knappen to win the second Revierderby of the season.

Schalke’s situation, it looks like this could be the last Revierderby for a while with the Gelsenkirchen outfit nine points from safety having won one game in the league all season.

Dortmund scored through Sancho, a brace by Haaland and a goal for full-back Raphael Guerreiro.

The win keeps Dortmund in touching distance of the Champions League spots, six points behind Frankfurt who earlier beat Bayern Munich.

Haaland’s stunning volley as Schalke were woeful

First half – Haaland stunner right at the whistle

Erling Haaland scored a stunning goal right on the stroke of half-time to give Dortmund a decisive lead in the derby.

Sancho opened the scoring on 42’ then three minutes later sent in a cross to Haaland. The ball was slightly behind the Norwegian who hung in the air and performed a magnificent scissor-kick to put Dortmund 2-0 up at the break.

The half started dreadfully. Both Schalke and Dortmund’s seasons could be summed up by the opening shot of the 98th Revierderby. Former Arsenal defender now Schalke captain Sead Kolasinic’s strike took more time to come back down from orbit than it did the time Kolasinic got the shot in – 30 seconds from kick-off.

Jadon Sancho got the first guilt edged chance of the match. Played in by Haaland, Sancho sold Malick the dummy far too easily and got room in the box for the shot, although his effort was matched by a good save from Ralf Fahrmann.

Dortmund made two changes to the side that put three past Sevilla in the Champions League midweek. Delaney and Brandt came in for Akanji and Bellingham.

One player who did retain his place was Mahoud Dahoud, rewarded with a start in the derby after his stunning strike in Seville on Wednesday evening. And Dahoud was determined to prove it was no fluke, performing the same stunt again this time from 30 yards which looked to be going into Fahrmann’s top corner but for a defensive header to deflect it for a corner.

Club legend Klass Jan Huntelarr was still out injured for Schalke in this the Dutch great’s swansong season. Another club great Marco Reus was making his 300th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund.

Circumstances flipped when it came to the two club’s respective American contingent. Matthew Hoppe was in from the off – undroppable for Schalke being the club’s top goalscorer having only joined in November.

For Dortmund, Gionvanni Reyna again had to make do with a place on the bench – third game in a row. Reyna seems to be hitting his first real sticky patch of form with the BlackYellows having not scored in nine matches.

The derby was like most derbies. A tense affair leading to a lack of composure on the ball and sways in possession.

This would be exasperated by both side’s poor form this season. Dortmund are currently six points off the Champions League sports in sixth before kick-off whilst Schalke are rock bottom of Bundesliga nine points off safety.

There was a line before the game that went surely Schalke, one of the founding members of the league, are too good to go down with the acquisitions of Kolisinic and fellow Arsenal colleague Shkodran Mustafi on loan for the rest of the season. However from the exasperated expression of Benjamin Stambouli as he screamed at his teammates in an attempt to rally them, it’s clear not everyone is of that opinion.

The half was halted so Fahrmann could get treatment for injury sustained in a collision with Haaland. The Schalke stopper had to be subbed five minutes later for third reserve keeper Michael Langer.

Langer got down well on 38’ to save a rather tame effort by Dahoud but couldn’t do anything other than thank teammate Stambouli for being the first keeper of the 98th derby to pick the ball out the net.

Stambouli dithered on the ball 30 yards in front of his goal, had it pinched off him by Mateu Morey. The ball fell into the path of Sancho who curled it round Langer from ten yards, then came Haaland’s memorable finish.

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Second half: Schalke wither away

Christian Gross was evidently unimpressed with his side’s performance at the half, making two substitutes which in the grand scheme of things made no difference to such an ineffectual Schalke performance.

Schalke had a spurt of life for the opening five minutes of the half where, in a period of chaos in the BVB backline, Schalke hit the post.

That effort was no consolation to die Knappen fans as ten minutes later they saw Dortmund go three up through an excellent one-two between Reus and Guerreiro setting up the full-back to finish.

That’s 6-0 on aggregate for the season, something inconceivable to the proud Schalke support.

Schalke knew the game was lost with half an hour still to play and so took their frustration out on poor Mateu Morey.

The flea of a defender was barged over by Stambouli on 70’ having been moments before wiped out in a full blooded derby challenge by Kolasinic that got all the players huddled together and tapping each other’s chests as a signal they were vexed by this form of sportsmanship.

Bellingham, making his derby debut as a sub for Brandt, got payback on Kolasinic that drew a yellow card.

Bellingham’s second contribution was a little better. A low cross from the right wing that went through a host of defenders for Haaland to tap in under the posts.

MOTM: Erling Haaland
For his first goal alone. The 6ft 4’ Norwegian defied gravity to hang in the air and then seconds later defied biology to make his long limbs so elegantly guide Sancho’s cross into the net. One of the finishes of the season.

Schalke, 4-5-1: Fahrmann (GK) (->29′) – Kolasinic (C), Thiaw, Mustafi, Becker – Harit, Stambouli, Serdar, William (45->), Boujellab (45->) – Hoppe (->65′)
Subs: Langer (GK) (->29′), Mendyl, Mascarell (->45′), Raman (->65′), Bentaleb, Oczipka, Schopf (->45′), Mercan, Bozdogan

BVB, 4-2-3-1: Hitz (GK) – Hummels, Morey (->83′), Guerreiro, Can – Dahoud (->80′), Delaney (->83′) – Reus (C) (->80′), Sancho, Brandt (->61′), Haaland
Subs: Unbehaun(GK), Schulz, Moukoko (->83′), Reyna (->80′), Passlack, Renier (->80′), Tigges, Meunier (->83′), Bellingham (->61′)

Goals: Sancho 42′, Haaland 45′, 79′ Guerreiro 60′

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