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October 20, 2012
• Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
Referee: F. Brych
• Attendance: 80645
R. Lewandowski 55'
I. Afellay 14'
M. Höger 48'
And that's full time. Dortmund have lost the derby, and more disturbingly, have let Bayern Munich open up a 12-point lead at the top. Is the Bundesliga over? Only time will tell...
90' + 5'
Yellow Card Christian Fuchs
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Lars Unnerstall
90' + 4'
Schalke miss a golden opportunity to wrap it up once and for all and deal another blow to Dortmund on the break. Brave, brave goalkeeping from Weidenfeller.
90' + 3'
Lewandowski compounds what has been a very poor afternoon for him personally by failing to find Bittencourt from about two yards. Klopp gesticulates as Unnerstall milks the resulting goal kick.
90' + 2'
Howedes goes down after Santana slipped into him, cue more boos from the Dortmund fans. It'll buy a few seconds, though.
90' + 1'
A roar goes out around the stadium as the assistant referee announces four minutes of injury time, but it's almost muted by Fuchs', whose left footed effort almost sneaks inside the near post.
Felipe Santana is coming on for Leitner. Presumably to be used as an auxiliary striker.
Reus swings in another corner, and Santana is there in the middle to meet it, but is called out for a foul on Unnerstall.
Schalke are inches away from a great victory. Can they hold on? They're certainly looking untroubled when in possession.
HUNTELAAR!! The Dutchman almost puts this match beyond all doubt with a left-footed effort from 25 yards which drifts inches wide of the post.
Reus tries to angle the ball in from the left wing, but it's far too close to Unnerstall, who claims it with ease.
Holtby goes down under a crunching tackle from Subotic, promptly falls to the floor, much to the dissatisfaction of the home fans.
Barnetta's delivery is a good one, but Hummels is there to prevent it from being met by a Schalke head.
Schalke have the chance to swing one in as Grosskreutz hacks down Jones on the wing.
Piszczek is gesticulating to Leitner, who elected to shoot from distance as opposed to playing in his team-mate. In the end the ball deflects behind for a corner, which, again, is wasted.
Lewandowski nods it back for a team-mate on the edge of the box, but there are far too many Schalke players defending, and it's cleared again.
Time is really running out now. I said it before, I'll say it again: a victory here for BVB would live long in the memories of fans of both clubs.
Great play!! Reus shows some great feet and tries to play in Lewandowski, whose first touch is far too heavy, and it's scrambled behind for a corner, which is eventually wasted.
Dortmund seem to be running out of ideas as we approach the final 15 minutes. Hummels tries to spray a long ball forward to Lewandowski, but Matip makes an easy interception.
Dortmund fans are adamant that they should have a penalty when Reus ghosts in from the left, dribbles across the box and crumbles under a tackle. Nothing given by the referee, however, and Schalke scramble it clear.
Julian Schieber tries to take Schalke by surprise by turning on the edge of the box and sending in a left-footed snapshot. However, Unnerstall is there to make an easy save - it was right at him!
GREAT SAVE!! Huntelaar threaded the ball through the left-hand channel for Afellay, who took a touch and blasted it goal-wards, but Weidenfeller got down well to make a fantastic stop. That might just keep Dortmund in this one.
Leitner shows some great feet, leaving a couple of defenders in his wake, but tries to play it through one body too many and it rolls through to Unnerstall, and away from Lewandowski.
Farfan plays a neat give-and-go with Holtby, but when the time comes for the Peruvian to centre it, he gives it straight back to Dortmund.
Farfan tries to charge into the area, but his progress is halted by Mats Hummels, who stood firm in the middle of defence.
Since the goal, there's certainly been more of a swagger to Dortmund's play, but Matip and Howedes have both been exceptional in the middle of defence. As I write that, the former does brilliantly to prevent Reus from advancing after some neat one-touch build up play.
Yellow Card Moritz Leitner
Leitner gets his name added to the growing list of booked players for a late lunge on Farfan.
Dortmund have had the better of the possession so far this half, but Lewandowski's goal and Reus' effort aside, haven't come close to really challenging Schalke. Time for the champions to turn it up a notch.
What a tackle! Uchida skips down the right, but is stopped in his tracks by a crunching challenge from Hummels. He couldn't have timed that better.
Incidentally, young attacking midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt has come on to replace Kehl. This wouldn't be a bad time for the teenager to make an impact in the Bundesliga.
Reus skips into the area, ghosts past the static Schalke defence, but can only send his shot into the side netting. This is going to be a thrilling 33 minutes.
Yellow Card Julian Schieber
Schieber gets into the Revierderby spirit by hacking down Matip, picking up a booking for his troubles.
Assist Marco Reus
Goal Robert Lewandowski
GOAL!! Dortmund are back in it!! Reus swings in a free kick from the left wing, and Lewandowski is there to flick it past Unnerstall and into the Schalke net. Matip's miss could be costly now!
WHAT A MISS!! Dortmund could be dead and buried here. Schalke win a flick-on at the near post, but Matip sends it over from a matter of inches. He should have buried that.
Ivan Perisic has been withdrawn, with Julian Schieber coming on. This would be a bad time for him to score his first Bundesliga goals for his new club...
A comeback from Dortmund now would live long in Ruhr memories. But, on the evidence of how they've performed so far today, that's a distant dream.
Assist Lewis Holtby
Goal Marco Höger
GOAL!!! That might be that! Schalke take advantage of Reus' loose ball and Holtby plays a perfect ball to Hoger, who advances to the edge of the area, and keeps his cool to slot it past Weidenfeller.
Reus is played in down the right, but again, the opportunity is wasted - he gives possession straight back to Schalke.
Schalke immediately go on the attack down the right, but Uchida plays it out as he looks to put it in space for a team-mate.
And we're back! Dortmund get the second half started - huge, huge 45 minutes in store for them.
We're looking at footage of Gotze, Gundogan and Schmelzer in the crowd here at Signal Iduna Park. How the hosts would love them out on the pitch today...
And we're almost back, with reports of violence outside the stadium coming in, this could be a dark day in Borussia Dortmund's season. But, they've got 45 minutes to turn it around - can they do it? Stay tuned to find out...
And that's half time. Dortmund have been absolutely appalling so far, but Schalke must be saluted for a resolute performance. Another 45 minutes of this one to come - don't go anywhere!
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Marco Höger
The crowd are whistling as Hoger hacks down Leitner as Dortmund look to break - one of the first times the hosts had looked threatening.
Dortmund get their first corner of the match, but Reus' ball towards Subotic was easily cleared by Farfan, of all people.
Disturbingly for any Dortmund fan, Bayern have roared into a 2-0 lead. Could the champions' title defence be over before it has even begun properly?
Hotlby intercepts the ball in midfield, charges down-field, and tries to play in Afellay, who manages to squeeze in a cross which comes to nothing.
What a chance!! Dortmund could be back on level terms here as Leitner plays a great ball through to Lewandowski, who fails to take it under control. He seemed surprised not to be flagged offside!
REUS!! The 23-year-old gets his first sight of goal as he runs on to a well-weighted ball from Lewandowski, but sends his left-footed effort straight at Unnerstall, who has finally made a save.
A nervous header at the back gifts Schalke a corner, but nothing comes of it.
Lewandowski jumps high to try and beat Farfan in the air and is livid at the officials for failing to give a free kick.
The whistles are ringing out around the stadium as Bender and Subotic sandwich the onrushing Afellay. They feel it was a slightly dubious decision, but it was entirely justified.
Peculiarly, Dortmund's players are switching formations a lot - we had Bender acting as an auxiliary centre-back earlier, and now Piszczek has switched over to the left. Odd.
Dortmund fans are furious after a foul is given against Reus for a tackle on Fuchs. Their frustration is starting to boil over, but Jurgen Klopp is still remaining collected on the sidelines. But for how long?
Good chance for 2-0! Farfan swings in a trademark cross from the right, and Huntelaar is there to meet it and head it over. He could have done slightly better there - he was unmarked!
Of course, we can't just lambast Dortmund for offering next to nothing in the final third - Schalke have been defending really well, and have been patient when the hosts dominate possession.
This is really poor from Dortmund - they came from behind to win the derby last season at the Veltins Arena, but Unnerstall hasn't had a save to make so far.
Slightly better from Dortmund, but there wasn't anything going in the final third. Leitner is released on the right, crosses it deep to Grosskreutz, who sends the ball back into the middle, only for Matip to make an easy clearance.
Dortmund really haven't responded since falling behind. Weidenfeller is forced to scamper out to prevent Farfan from latching onto a lax back pass. The hosts are nervous...
What could this result do for Dortmund's title hopes? The champions would be a full 12 points behind Bayern, supposing they lose this game and the Bavarians win...
The Schalke fans are loving it - their team lost twice to their hated rivals last season and they'll be especially eager to get a victory.
Goal Ibrahim Afellay
GOAL!!! Schalke have taken the lead! Bender tries to head away a cross from inside the Dortmund box, and it falls to Afellay, who volleys it home off the post. What a goal!
Lewandowski! The Polish striker fails to get a hold of the ball on the edge of the box. First flash from him from BVB's star forward.
Piszczek attempts a give-and-go with Kehl, but the return ball from the Dortmund skipper is poor and Schalke lap up the loose ball.
That's a meaty tackle there - Grosskreutz takes down Farfan on the Schalke right. That's not going to endear him to the Gelsenkirchen faithful.
So, we're 10 minutes into this one and it's been a cautious start by both sides, truth be told. Dortmund have perhaps had the brighter of the two starts, but Schalke are looking solid, and dangerous on the counter.
Subotic launches a tremendous long ball to Reus, but the Germany international is ruled narrowly offside.
Schalke's turn to attack now, but Holtby leaves his foot in and fouls Bender on the edge of the Dortmund box. The crowd is alive tonight.
Marco Reus' free kick goes right across the face of goal to Kehl, who can't get the ball under control and Schalke survive - that was a real chance!
Dortmund have a free kick in a great area after Matip took down Leitner on the right wing. It's been a lively start from the youngster.
Dortmund go on the counter through Leitner and Piszczek after the free kick is cleared, but the ball runs through to Unnerstall.
And, right on cue, we have another nasty challenge - Ivan Perisic gets a warning for a high boot on Hoger.
We've already had a couple of scrappy fouls in the middle of the park today - this could be a lively one!
And we're off! Schalke get the game started and attempt a piercing ball through the middle, but Subotic cuts it out.
So, what will happen? Who will leave with the derby day spoils? You can send you predictions to me on Twitter (@eniskoylu)... Let's go!
Meanwhile, for Schalke, Julian Draxler is out with a broken arm, and Marco Hoger is preferred to Jermaine Jones in midfield. Benedikt Howedes plays at centre-back with Kyriakos Papadopoulos missing through illness.
So, for the hosts, we have Kevin Grosskreutz playing as a left-back with Marcel Schmelzer failing to recover from the injury he sustained on international duty, while Ilkay Gundogan and Mario Gotze are also out. A big chance for Moritz Leitner and Ivan Perisic to impress, then.
SCHALKE: Unnerstall; Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs; Hoger, Neustadter; Farfan, Holtby, Afellay; Huntelaar
DORTMUND: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Grosskreutz; Bender, Kehl; Reus, Leitner, Perisic; Lewandowski
A win is absolutely imperative for both teams here, but they will have to cope with a number of injuries. Full teams coming up...
Good afternoon! We've got an absolutely colossal match at Signal Iduna Park today as Borussia Dortmund host Schalke in the Ruhr derby, and, as ever, Goal.com is on hand to bring you every minute of the action.
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