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October 20, 2012 2:30 PM BST
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 80645‎
 
Top of the Match
Lewis Holtby
Lewis Holtby
FC Schalke 04
Ibrahim Afellay
Ibrahim Afellay
FC Schalke 04
Flop of the Match
Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic
Borussia Dortmund
Ivan Perisic
Ivan Perisic
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Schalke: Afellay and Holger take derby spoils for visitors

BVB's title challenge looks dead and buried already after only eight games as they fell at home to their domestic rivals, and now trail Bayern Munich by 12 points

By Keeghann Sinanan

Borussia Dortmund v FC Schalke 04: Christian Fuchs & Ibrahim Afellay
AFP
Borussia Dortmund suffered another telling blow  to their ambitions for a third consecutive Bundesliga title, as they fell 2-1 to Schalke in the Ruhr derby at Signal-Iduna Park on Saturday.

A sublime strike from Ibrahim Afellay opened the scoring for the visitors with 14 minutes gone, and Marco Hoger made it 2-0 three minutes into the second half.

Robert Lewandowski responded eight minutes later with a header, but that was about the best that a below-par Dortmund side could offer, as they now face a daunting 12-point gap to leaders Bayern Munich with only eight games played, while Schalke now sit seven points off the pace in third place.

A rash of injuries left Jurgen Klopp without a host of first team players for his team selection, meaning that the likes of Moritz Leitner and Ivan Perisic were handed a chance to impress in the starting XI.

However, the changes seemed to affect Dortmund’s poise in the opening exchanges, and Schalke duly took advantage when they broke the deadlock after 14 minutes.

A cross into the area was not properly dealt with by the Dortmund defence, and Afellay pounced at the far post to direct an inch-perfect volley into the bottom corner.

The expected response from the visitors never materialized, and in fact, it was Schalke who nearly scored again. Jefferson Farfan’s pinpoint delivery found Klass-Jan Huntelaar unmarked, but the Dutch forward could only plant his header over the bar.

The match unfolded at a slow tempo, with Die Knappen happy to sit deep and soak up the Dortmund pressure in their half. However, with half time approaching, a few cracks finally began to appear in their rearguard.

First, Lewandowski released Marco Reus through on goal, but the Germany international saw his strong effort smothered by Lars Unnerstall. Moments later, Lewandowski was nearly put completely in the clear by Leitner, but his poor control destroyed what looked like a golden opening.

However, hopes of a BVB renaissance in the second half were put in serious jeopardy three minutes after the restart, as Schalke pounced on another shoddy defensive sequence to race into a two goal lead.

A loose ball from Reus was claimed by Holtby, and with Dortmund’s defence pushed high up the field, he picked out Hoger on the run, who had nearly half the pitch to himself before calmly slotting past Weidenfeller.

It could have been game over in the 53rd minute, after more poor defending on a corner saw Joel Matip poke over the bar from point blank range, after Schalke had won the initial flick on.

But just when the home side looked at their most dangerous, Dortmund, finally, decided to wake up. A free kick from Reus was hit towards the centre of the goal, where Lewandowski was waiting to flick a clever header past Unnerstall with the back of his head.

However, there was still not a lot to suggest that BVB would find a way back into the game, and Schalke nearly re-established their two goal advantage with 19 minutes remaining. Huntelaar did well to find the diagonal run of Afellay, who advanced on goal but saw his finish parried by the onrushing Weidenfeller.

Huntelaar had two chances to put matters beyond any doubt late on, first with a drive from outside the box that flew into the side netting, then with a one-on-one that was blocked by Weidenfeller.

It mattered little in the end, as Dortmund simply cound not move out of their rut, and failed to stake a serious claim for an equaliser as Schelke were able to finish with all three points in the Ruhr derby.



Borussia Dortmund

1
Roman Weidenfeller
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
Neven Subotic
Defender
3.00
15
Mats Hummels
Defender
3.00
26
Lukasz Piszczek
Defender
2.50
5
Sebastian Kehl
Midfielder
55′
2.00
6
Sven Bender
Midfielder
3.00
8
Moritz Leitner
Midfielder
62′ 89′
2.50
11
Marco Reus
Midfielder
55′
3.00
9
Ivan Perisic
Midfielder
53′
1.50
19
Kevin Großkreutz
Midfielder
2.50
9
2.50

FC Schalke 04

3.00
36
3.00
4
3.00
22
3.00
23
3.50
32
Joel Matip
Defender
4.00
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
48′ 86′
4.00
19
3.50
12
Marco Höger
Midfielder
46′ 48′ 79′
3.00
33
2.50
25

Substitutes

20
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21
Oliver Kirch
Midfielder
 - 
24
Chris Löwe
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
32
2.50
7
Jonas Hofmann
Midfielder
 - 
23
2.50

Substitutes

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34
 - 
6
 - 
13
Jermaine Jones
Midfielder
79′
3.00
25
 - 
8
 - 
-
 - 
20

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern Munich
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5