April 2018

Schalke 04 defeated Dortmund and secured their 2nd position

Unlike the incredible 4:4 draw in the first half of the season, the fans of both rivals celebrated fewer number of goals scored in the recent derby. The match at VELTINS-Arena ended with a 2:0 score in favor of Schalke 04.

After the Royal Blues got their six-game unbeaten streak broken in Hamburg, the manager Domenico Tedesco replaced several positions in the starting lineup. With the starting whistle, Konoplyanka, Schöpf and Bentaleb took the field. Meyer was sent on the bench and the injured Nastasic and Embolo could not participate in the game. After the away team’s 3:0 success against Stuttgart, the BVB’s manager Peter Stöger decided to keep the same line-up of his team.

The rivals were quite active in the first half showing great dedication and high tempo. Yet the numbers on the scoreboard did not change: there were not enough ideas in finishing attacks while the defense acted most accurately. In the 5th minute of the match, Schöpf's shot was turned away by Borussia’s goalkeeper Bürki. In the 24th minute of the game, Reus made an unsuccessful goal attempt to Fährmann's net. At the end of the first half, Konoplyanka missed his scoring opportunity (45’).

After the break, the home team took the lead in the match. Caligiuri won back the ball and assisted to Konoplyanka who attempted on goal, making the score 1-0 (50’). BVB kept trying to tie. Schürrle (75’), Reus (77’) and Batshuayi (81’) created several dangerous moments in Schalke’s penalty box. The next goal was scored by the Royal Blues again, when Naldo performed his free-kick (82’). Thanks to the victory, Schalke 04 secured its 2nd position in the standings while BVB had to go down to the 4th place.