Derby disappointment after Chelsea frustration: Ironically, in the 100th Bundesliga derby at arch-rivals FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund suffered a potentially decisive setback in the championship fight against FC Bayern.
Despite clear superiority and twice leading tore at 2:2 (1:0) in Gelsenkirchen the Dortmund winning streak after eight league successes in a row. Thus, Dortmund is now two points behind Bayern and the significantly worse goal difference, in the game after next they have to go to the summit meeting in Munich. It was the frustrating end of an emotional and disappointing week. Four days earlier, Borussia had failed by a 0:2 at FC Chelsea in the knockout round of the Champions League.
National defenders Nico Schlotterbeck (37th) and Raphael Guerreiro (60th) had twice put Dortmund in the lead. But Marius Bülter with the first Schalke derby goal in almost four years (50th) and Kenan Karaman with his first competitive goal for Schalke (79th) equalized twice.
Curiosity on the side: Schlotterbeck's goal fell at 19.09, the BVB was founded in 1909. Schalke, who were still unbeaten in the second half of the season, initially gave up the last place to 1899 Hoffenheim, but TSG could pass Freiburg again with a point on Sunday.
Photographer hit by torch
After some clashes between the fans of both camps, it remained largely calm, at least in the run-up to the game, according to initial findings. However, a photographer was hit by a Bengal torch from the guest block and filed a complaint.
Both teams were put under pressure by the previous results. To counter Bayern's 5-3 win over Augsburg, BVB coach Edin Terzic brought a real derby lucky charm to Hummels, who had only been in the starting eleven in two of the previous ten games. But it was certainly not a desired eleven that Terzic could offer. Youssoufa Moukoko, Karim Adeyemi and Julian Brandt were missing anyway, and captain Marco Reus and regular goalkeeper Gregor Kobel were also not fit in time.
The fans of both camps tuned in with a veritable pyro show. While blue smoke rose from the Schalke Nordkurve, it glowed glowing red in the Dortmund corner. How the game shares would be distributed, meanwhile, was quickly apparent. Schalke were compact and deep. Dortmund with this time very offensive Jude Bellingham and Guerreiro in the center ran and looked for gaps.
They found the first in the 18th minute, when Guerreiro ran towards Ralf Fährmann after a nice pass from Hummels, but brought the ball neither sharp nor placed on goal. Schalke lurked with the immensely working Michael Frey on counterattack and almost got the lead as a gift when Schlotterbeck shot Hummels and Rodrigo Zalazar picked up the ball and headed alone towards the goal. But the Uruguayan moved hastily (25th).
Schalke should soon mourn the chance, because from then on only BVB played. And while Fährmann parried well against Donyell Malen (30th) and Marius Wolf (37th), he had no chance with Schlotterbeck's shot from 18 meters. Maya Yoshida had not picked up the national player and had him finish unhindered from a central position. The BVB seemed to have the game now firmly under control, but somewhat surprisingly, the Schalke came directly after the break to the equalizer by Bülter after input of Frey. Guerreiro's 2:1 seemed to be a real blow to the neck, but once again the Schalke hit back through the eleven minutes earlier substitute Karaman.