It’s time for the mother of all derbies. Schalke visits Borussia Dortmund for Matchday 31. Although Borussia Dortmund is in a way better shape this season, they simply shot themselves in the foot. FC Schalke hit two birds with one stone. They increased their hopes to stay away from relegation and reduced their rival’s chances to win silverware. As a result, Borussia Dortmund lose 2-4.
A First Half Full of Twists
The mother of all German derbies has always been quite a show. Borussia Dortmund start strong by dominating the ball. Although Schalke tried to park the bus with their back five, a spurt of genius from Dortmund’s most valuable player Jadon Sancho set up Mario Gotze for a goal in the 14th minute.
Despite the locals’ confidence, referee Felix Zwayer stopped the game to look at the replay. Therefore, he rewarded Schalke a penalty which was translated by Caligiuri into the equalizer in the 18th minute. 10 minutes later, Salif Sané scores a header for Schalke from a corner making it 1-2. The first half ended with Schalke leading with goals and yellow cards.
Disasterous last 45 minutes
It seemed like Borussia Dortmund could recover and win this fixture. Players showed more than once their ability to come back from difficult situations. Instead of finding solutions to score more goals, Marco Reus decides to make a very unnecessary foul from behind against Suar Serdar, resulting in a straight red card.
To make matters worse for Borussia Dortmund, Daniel Caligiuri scores an outstanding freekick from the spot in which Reus made the foul. The score was 1-3 when Marius Wolf does exactly like his captain to get sent off as well. With only 9 players, Axel Witsel managed to reduce the gap by scoring the second goal for BVB making it 2-3. However, Embolo strikes from outside the box to seal the deal for Schalke. The game ended 2-4 and Schalke players celebrated like they won the UEFA Champions League.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.