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  • 14 April 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen
  • Referee: M. Gräfe
  • • Attendance: 61673

Live Commentary

  • Thank you very much for joining me for this match. It was a cracker! Stay tuned to for all the action from Bayern's match with Mainz, which kicks off at 18.30CET.
  • And that's full time! The referee brings this Ruhr derby to an end. Dortmund come away with a brilliant win, overturning Jefferson Farfan's early opener with goals from Lukas Piszczek and Sebastian Kehl. Dortmund are just four points from sealing a second consecutive title.
  • 90' + 2'
    Just 30 seconds of injury time remain, and Schalke pump it forward to no avail.
  • 90'
    A defensive mix up between Weidenfeller and Piszczek gifts Schalke a corner, which BVB scramble away after some frantic defending.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionKevin Großkreutz Patrick Owomoyela
    We're not going to see Mario Gotze today: BVB's third change sees Owomoyela replace the tireless Kevin Grosskreutz.
  • 89'
    Mats Hummels gets across and stops Farfan in his tracks with a powerful tackle.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card Marcel Schmelzer
  • 87'
    Perisic showcases the benefit to having fresh legs, rocketing through the Schalke half and forcing Unnerstall to use his legs to keep the ball out of his goal.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionAtsuto Uchida Ciprian Marica
    Just five minutes to go for Dortmund to hold on, and take a huge stride towards the Bundesliga title. Schalke aren't going down without a fight, however, and Marica, a forward, comes on to replace Uchida, a right back.
  • 83'
    Yellow Card Jones
    Jones is lucky to still be on the pitch after a vicious, ferocious tackle on Grosskreutz, who is in visible agony on the floor. Both feet, and his studs, were certainly showing. However, the referee elects to merely book the American. Awful tackle.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionJakub Blaszczykowski Ivan Perisic
    We're having a momentary break in play as Kuba receives treatment after a nasty challenge on his ankle from Fuchs. The Pole is unable to continue, and is promptly replaced by Ivan Perisic.
  • 78'
    Dear, oh dear. This might not be Schalke's day. Fuchs sends in another delivery from the left towards the unmarked Huntelaar, who swings a boot at the ball, but fails to make contact.
  • 77'
    SO CLOSE!! Santana rises highest to meet Gundogan's corner, but his header goes narrowly over.
  • 76'
    Truly shaky moment from Schalke. Unnerstall charges off his line to try and claim a set piece, but Papadopoulos takes it away from his own keeper, and agonisingly watches his header drift past the post.
  • 74'
    Dortmund are well and truly in control of this game now, and are stroking it around calmly. The volley of boos is ringing around the Veltins Arena now.
  • 72'
    Hummels hits a glorious pass to Kevin Grosskreutz, who pauses before trying to squeeze a ball through to Kagawa, but the Japan midfielder is caused narrowly offside.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionJulian Draxler Teemu Pukki
    Schalke are really going for it now. Teemu Pukki has come on to replace Julian Draxler. Certainly a very positive move from Huub Stevens.
  • 69'
    This is a distressing sight for Dormtund fans. Mats Hummels has gone down holding his ankle. Not what Jurgen Klopp et al. needed as the season enters its crucial stage.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionChristoph Moritz Marco Höger
    Marco Hoger has come on to replace Christoph Moritz. Can't understand that one personally, with Lewis Holtby sitting on the bench.
  • 67'
    Very ironic that it's Dortmund to score from a set piece, despite Schalke being far more threatening from dead ball situations ...
  • 65'
    The visitors don't seem to be satisfied with a 2-1 win, with Kuba stinging Unnerstall's palms with a powerful shot. The rebound falls to Gundogan, who can't manage to bend it into the top corner.
  • 63'
    Goal Sebastian Kehl
    GOAL!!! Schmelzer swings in the resulting corner, and it strikes Metzelder, falls fortuitously into Kehl's path, and the BVB captain taps it home from close range.
  • 63'
    A Kuba cross is disastrously touched into Grosskreutz's path by Papadopoulos, but the BVB forward can't dig a shot away, and it's blocked for a corner.
  • 62'
    This match is primed for Mario Gotze to come on. Lots of industry from both teams, but a certain amount of finesse is missing.
  • 60'
    Schmelzer receives a volley of abuse from the Schalke fans as he tries, in vain, to keep a ball in on the left wing.
  • 58'
    RAUL! The Spaniard seizes possession of the ball after an untimely drop from Weidenfeller, but his shot is headed over by the well-stationed Hummels. It wouldn't have counted anyway, however, after it was ruled that Huntelaar had fouled Weidenfeller.
  • 58'
    Weidenfeller does brilliantly to stick out a leg to clear a dangerous ball after some good work between Fuchs and Draxler.
  • 56'
    GUNDOGAN! Schmelzer picks out the former Nurnberg man on the edge of the box, and the Germany midfielder digs out a shot that trickles inches past the post. So close!
  • 56'
    GUNDOGAN! Schmelzer picks out the former Nurnberg man on the edge of the box, and the Germany midfielder digs out a shot that trickles inches past the post. So close!
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Kehl
  • 55'
    Sebastian Kehl has taken less than 10 minutes to get a yellow card after a real tussle between himself and Jones.
  • 54'
    GREAT CHANCE! Fuchs sends in a ranging cross to the far post, and Huntelaar meets it with his right boot, but can't quite get his foot around it, and it flies over.
  • 51'
    Farfan runs at Schmelzer and sends in a cross which Hummels fends away. Once again, it's been a bright start to the half from both teams, but the visitors have tested Lars Unnerstall all too little.
  • 50'
    Schalke threaten from a corner yet again. Farfan swings it in and Papadopoulos meets the ball, and forces Weidenfeller to get down low to block the ball.
  • 49'
    Kagawa is penalised for a dive, as he runs past Papadopoulos and goes to ground.
  • 49'
    And now Dortmund go on the attack. A cunning dummy from Grosskreutz plays in Lewandowski, who can't quite manage to slip it through to Kagawa, who had run through the Schalke defence.
  • 47'
    Draxler dazzles the BVB back line with some quick feet and feeds Fuchs, who wastes no time in crossing. The Austrian's ball into the centre is just beyond Huntelaar's outstretched head.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionSven Bender Sebastian Kehl
    And Dortmund are making one change. Sebastian Kehl is replacing Sven Bender, whose injury problems seem to have gotten the best of him once more. We're going to have to wait for Mario Gotze's comeback.
  • 46'
    Dortmund immediate try to get it forward, with Grosskreutz making a positive run forward, but he can't quite get it under control.
  • 46'
    And we're back! Just 45 minutes for either side to secure local bragging rights!
  • And that's half-time. Jefferson Farfan put the hosts ahead with a spectacular volley, which was topped soon after by Piszczek, who smashed it past Unnerstall in incredible circumstances. This game is incredibly poised - stay tuned for the second half!
  • 45'
    Dortmund clear another Farfan corner, and even win the second ball on the edge of the box. They haven't done that enough to day, and have paid for it.
  • 43'
    Schalke break, and Raul plays a lovely ball into Farfan's path, but Schmelzer gets a cross and beats the Peruvian to the ball. Good defending.
  • 42'
    SO CLOSE! Fuchs sends in the resulting free kick, and the ball drops straight onto Huntelaar's stooping head, but it trickles wide. Not far at all...
  • 41'
    This is starting to get a bit tempestuous now, with a lot of nasty challenges flying in. On this occasion, it's Felipe Santana who brings down Raul.
  • 38'
    A furious Huntelaar feels he should have a penalty after the Dutchman and Schmelzer tussle, both looking to seize possession of a wayward header from Felipe Santana. Jones remonstrates with the referee, but nothing is given.
  • 37'
    Grosskreutz, who has never been a popular figure amongst the Schalke fans, attracts the crowd's whistles for scything down Moritz.
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Christian Fuchs
  • 34'
    There's a bit of a scramble in the BVB box as Uchida sends a ball into Huntelaar, but Dortmund get eventually get it clear with Huntelaar looming.
  • 32'
    A superb bit of skill from Kuba plays in his fellow Pole Piszczek on the right. The full back sends in a lovely cross straight onto Kagawa's head, but the unmarked Japan midfielder sends the ball straight into Unnerstall's hands when he should have done better.
  • 31'
    I'm starting to lose count of many corners Schalke have had now. This time, Metzelder reaches Draxler's delivery, but sends his header over.
  • 30'
    Another Schalke corner is cleared poorly by Dortmund, but as the ball falls to Draxler, the teenager sends it wide from the edge of the box. Disappointing cross.
  • 28'
    Kagawa runs in behind the defence as he tries to latch on to a high ball, but Unnerstall gets there ahead of his opponent.
  • 27'
    Lewandowski is bewildered after being pulled back for a foul against Jermaine Jones as he looked to run clear. Seemed like a fair tussle between the duo to me.
  • 25'
    Lewandowski picks up the ball after a sloppy pass from Papadopoulos and tries to bend a ball towards Kagawa which takes a deflection and drifts wide. Unnerstall was scrambling across his goal, visibly perturbed by the Pole's delivery.
  • 23'
    So, it's been an excellent start to the first half from both teams, who, in truth could have scored more goals than they have. Schalke are looking particularly threatening on set piece, but inevitably, Dortmund have given their rivals a scare on the break. Two lovely goals have left the game level at 1-1.
  • 20'
    Another corner for Schalke, and it almost proves fruitful yet again, but Bender nips in and clears it emphatically.
  • 19'
    Farfan takes another corner for Schalke, and although Metzelder initially wins the ball, he's unable to send it goal-wards.
  • 17'
    Assist Shinji Kagawa
  • 17'
    Goal Lukasz Piszczek
  • 16'
    Incidentally, Joachim Low is here to keep an eye on some of the talent on show here ahead of Euro 2012.
  • 14'
    CHANCE! Lewandowski finds himself unmarked in the area, but can only drag a shot across the face of Unnerstall's goal from a narrow angle. End to end stuff here.
  • 13'
    A misplaced pass from Hummels goes straight to Raul, who rather ambitiously tries to lob Weidenfeller. The Dortmund 'keeper plucks the ball out of the air calmly however.
  • 12'
    Having seen the goal again, Shinji Kagawa got a touch on the ball that took it past his own 'keeper. Take nothing away from Farfan though, it was a lovely strike.
  • 11'
    Dortmund try to bite back immediately, putting Moritz under pressure inside his own area, but when Kuba wins the ball, he's soon crowded out.
  • 10'
    Yellow Card J. Farfán
  • 9'
    Goal J. Farfán
    GOAL!!! The resulting corner is half-cleared by Hummels as far as Farfan, who sends a beautiful volley into the far corner, past the sprawling Weidenfeller's reach. Incredible strike.
  • 8'
    Controversy here. Jones finds himself clear, but it bundled over by Bender. Jones is adamant that he should have a free kick, but the hosts only have a corner.
  • 7'
    Fuchs' free kick goes straight into the wall, and BVB break through Gundogan, who almost plays an ambitious ball into Kagawa's path, but it's just out of the Japan international's reach.
  • 6'
    Free kick in a threatening area for Schalke as Hummels bundles over Raul, who tries to latch on to Huntelaar's header.
  • 5'
    Gundogan tries to prod the ball into the onrushing Piszczek's path, but the ball trickles out of play.
  • 4'
    The corner is delivered straight onto the head of Papadopoulos, whose header goes a matter of inches wide. We could have had two goals already here ...
  • 3'
    First sign of life from the hosts. Draxler cuts inside from a left and crosses towards the far post, and Schmelzer opts for safety and puts it behind for a corner.
  • 1'
    WHAT A CHANCE!!! There's just 35 seconds on the clock before Lewandowski slips in the unmarked Bender, who can only force a save from Unnerstall when he should have done better.
  • 1'
    And we're off! Dortmund get the game started!
  • The teams are out and the Veltins Arena is alive. We're just a few seconds away from kick off...
  • So, with just minutes until kick off, if you have any predictions, thought or questions, feel free to contact me on Twitter (@eniskoylu). All the action awaits...
  • Incidentally, Mario Gotze returns to the bench for the visitors.
  • Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
  • Schalke: Unnerstall; Uchida, Papadopoulos, Metzelder, Fuchs; Moritz, Jones; Farfan, Raul, Draxler; Huntelaar
  • So, there's a lot riding on this game, and this local derby is set to be as bitterly-contested as ever. Lineups to follow...
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's LIVE coverage of this crucial Ruhr derby between Schalke and Borussia Dortmund. The two rivals suffered mix fortunes in midweek: as Schalke were crashing to a 4-1 defeat at Nurnberg, Dortmund took a huge step towards retaining their Bundesliga title with a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich.