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Borussia Dortmund v Schalke 04 Live Commentary, 16/05/2020

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Dortmund, who remain in second place, are now just a point behind Bayern Munich ahead of the champions' game in hand against Union Berlin on Sunday. Schalke, winless in eight league matches, drop down to eighth.
Borussia Dortmund make a winning return to Bundesliga action - and in quite some style, too, thanks to a 4-0 victory over bitter rivals Schalke. Haaland opened the scoring with a clinical finish just before the half-hour mark and Guerreiro was on target a couple of times, either side of Hazard's breakaway goal in what turned out to be a one-sided derby at Signal Iduna Park.
90' + 1' FULL-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-0 SCHALKE
89' It looks as though the referee is going to bring the game to a close without adding on any additional time.
88' Schalke are continuing to string together plenty of passes, but there is no end product whatsoever. There are two minutes to go here.
M. Schmelzer
Raphaël Guerreiro
Borussia Dortmund
87' Favre turns to Schmelzer late on. Two-goal Guerreiro, who has been a major threat all game, is the player to make way.
T. Becker
J. Kenny
Schalke 04
87' Kenny makes way for Becker in what will likely be Schalke's final substitution of the match.
M. Götze
M. Dahoud
Borussia Dortmund
87' Gotze is brought on in place of Dahoud for the final few minutes of this one-sided affair.
R. Matondo
Yellow Card
Schalke 04
86' Matondo shows some good footwork to take the ball past a couple of players. The Wales international delays the shot for a little too long, though, and he slides in on Hakimi after losing control of the ball to earn a yellow card.
85' The tempo of the play is at walking pace now. Dortmund's third goal right at the start of the second half as good as killed off Schalke, who have been disappointing on their return to action.
83' Hakimi does very well to bring down a long pass on the right. Not only that, he looks up and nearly picks out Haaland in the middle, but the pass has a tad too much on it.
81' The hosts are allowing their rivals to knock the ball around, perhaps knowing that Schalke are not getting anywhere fast. Brandt plays a bit of a hospital pass through his own box, but the winger - one of the stars of the show today - gets away with it.
J. Sancho
T. Hazard
Borussia Dortmund
79' Sancho is brought on for Hazard, who limps off the field after picking up a knock. That is a worrying sign for Dortmund boss Favre on what has otherwise been a very positive first day back at the office.
77' Favre has held off from making too many changes so far, but that may be about to change as Hazard has picked up a knock. Sancho is likely to come on in his place.
D. Caligiuri
Juan Miranda
Schalke 04
76' There will be no derby magic for Caligiuri today. He is replaced by Miranda with around 15 minutes to play at Signal Iduna Park.
A. Schöpf
S. Serdar
Schalke 04
75' Schopf is on and Serdar off in the latest of Schalke's second-half changes.
74' OVER! Sane attacks Kenny's corner but heads over from the edge of the six-yard box. Team-mate Nastasic may well have got in his way. That is pretty much as good as things have got for Schalke today.
Ł. Piszczek
Yellow Card
Borussia Dortmund
73' Dortmund skipper Piszczek loses his footing and handles the ball when attempting to cut out a pass. The referee reaches into his pocket for the third time today.
71' Schalke are lacking any sort of cohesion in the final third. Dortmund, by comparison, are able to execute the final pass and clinically finish off their attacks. Favre will be delighted with this display.
69' Dahoud gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position. The delivery into the box is not bad, but Dortmund just about deal with the danger thanks to a good defensive header from Balerdi.
L. Balerdi
T. Delaney
Borussia Dortmund
67' Favre turns to his bench for the first time today by bringing on young defender Balerdi for the vastly more experienced Delaney.
65' It has been plain sailing for Dortmund on their return to action. They are now up to 61-per-cent possession for the contest, managing 11 shots in total - four of those on target, four of those resulting in a goal. Talk about clinical!
E. Haaland
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
63' Haaland is not just an out-and-out goalscorer, you know? The prolific striker played a nice one-two with Guerreiro on the edge of the opposition box, but this goal was all about the quality of the wing-back's finish.
Raphaël Guerreiro
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
63' GOOOAAAAAALLLL!!!! DORTMUND 4-0 SCHALKE!!! This is a brilliant fourth goal for Dortmund, who have hit the ground running on their return to Bundesliga action. Brandt spreads the ball to Guerreiro and the wing-back exchanges passes with Haaland. With just Schubert to beat, he uses the outside of his left boot to scoop the ball past the visiting goalkeeper.
61' Dortmund are pretty much in complete control of this game. Schalke are enjoying the odd spell on the ball, but they are not getting far - Burgstaller's shot from range aside.
59' Dortmund's subs have been sent to warm-up. Favre has the luxury of being able to change things around should he wish, though he will likely want to use the remaining half an hour as an opportunity to get many of his key men back to full fitness.
57' Erling Haaland has scored 13 goals in 12 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions following his first-half strike. Only Klaus Matischek for Werder Bremen in 1965 achieved this before him for a Bundesliga team.
55' SHOT! Burgstaller has made a positive impression since coming on at half-time, even if his side have fallen a further goal behind. He goes back on himself to get a shot away with his left foot, but Burki is once again equal to the long-range effort.
T. Delaney
Yellow Card
Borussia Dortmund
53' Delaney and Serdar battle for an aerial ball. The Dortmund man is penalised for leading with his elbow, becoming the second player to enter the referee's book.
51' Dortmund striker Haaland is given the green light to continue after shaking off the knock he picked up a few minutes ago.
50' Haaland is in some pain following that challenge from Sane in the build-up to Hazard's strike. The Dortmund striker looks as though he will be okay to continue after some treatment, though.
Yellow Card
49' Sane is shown a yellow card for clattering into Haaland in an attempt to halt the Dortmund counter.
J. Brandt
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
48' Haaland did well to poke the ball through to Brandt before being clattered by Sane. Brandt took over by feeding it to Hazard to do the rest from just outside the box.
T. Hazard
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
48' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! DORTMUND 3-0 SCHALKE!!! That should do it! Schalke have started the second half well but they are caught out on the counter. The ball is played forward quickly and Hazard thumps a shot past Schubert from 19 yards after being teed up by Brandt. Once again, the visiting keeper should have been doing a lot better.
47' SAVE! This is a lot better from Schalke. Following some promising build-up play, Serdar gets away a half-decent shot that is too central to beat Burki.
46' RESTART! Schalke get the Revierderby back underway. Will the double change made by Wagner at the interval make any difference?
G. Burgstaller
J. Todibo
Schalke 04
45' Burgstaller is on for Todibo in the second of Schalke's substitutions. It looks as though Wagner has changed system for the start of the second period.
R. Matondo
B. Raman
Schalke 04
45' Wales international Matondo is brought on for Raman as part of a double change ahead of the second half.
The hosts scored from both attempts on target, whereas Caligiuri was denied by Burki from Schalke's only real opportunity of the first half. Both teams can make five changes each in the second half, which visiting boss Wagner may well make the most of by turning to his bench at the interval. Matondo and Burgstaller are attacking options, while BVB have the likes of Gotze and Sancho among their subs.
Borussia Dortmund take a pretty commanding - and deserved - two-goal lead into half-time at Signal Iduna Park. Haaland opened the scoring with a fine finish just before the half-hour mark and Guerreiro was equally as clinical when firing in a second, which came about as a result of Schubert's poor clearance.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 SCHALKE
J. Brandt
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
45' Brandt did well to look up and spot the run of full-back Guerreiro down to his left. But in many ways Schalke keeper Schubert deserves the assist for his poor clearance straight to Dahoud.
Raphaël Guerreiro
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
45' GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! DORTMUND 2-0 SCHALKE!!! Schubert is put under pressure and Dortmund capitalise on his weak clearance. Within about four seconds the ball is played into the path of Brandt, and he in turn feeds Guerreiro to clinically fire across a red faced Schubert into the far corner.
43' It has been a welcome first-half return to action fort Dortmund, largely because Schalke have not really been able to get at their opponents. Harit tumbles on the edge of the box under slight contact from Hakimi, but the referee tells him to get up.
41' NEARLY! Dortmund's latest corner is cleared to the edge of the box, where Dahoud is waiting to pounce on the loose ball. His powerful shot is heading for goal, but Sane gets his head between the ball and the goal to prevent his side from falling two goals behind.
39' Schalke have not really got going in this first half. The visitors look to counter but the final pass is lacking and Dortmund get forward quickly. Hakimi has options to his left but elects to go it alone and the shot is blocked.
37' Only Haaland has managed more shots than Hakimi - a wing-back by trade, remember - in the first half, and the Real Madrid loanee has also played one key pass. Schalke have been unable to contain him down their left.
35' OVER! Hakimi has undoubtedly been Dortmund's liveliest player so far. He drives down the right, getting away from Todibo as though he is not there, but Guerreiro is unable to keep his shot on target when picked out.
33' Hazard has started this game in an impressive manner. He wins another free-kick for his side, this time from Todibo, but BVB are unable to really make the most of it.
31' That goal should do Dortmund the world of good. It came from their first shot on target of the contest, a couple of minutes after Caligiuri came close to scoring at the other end of the field.
T. Hazard
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
29' The finish from Haaland was impressive and the cross from Hazard was not bad, either. Brandt also deserves a mention for the delightful flick to play Hazard in down the right.
E. Haaland
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
29' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! DORTMUND 1-0 SCHALKE!!! Brandt flicks the ball into the path of Hazard and the forward - a late addition to the starting line-up - sends a cross into the middle. Haaland, as he so often does, makes the finish look easy as he opens up his body and guides the ball away from Schubert.
27' SAVE! Oczipka's cross is only half cleared by Akanji and derby specialist Caligiuri is able to set himself for a shot inside the box. The attempt is on target and Burki makes a save with his outstretched leg.
26' SHOT! This is pretty much the first sight of goal Haaland has had. Brandt swings in a cross from the right, Hummels misses it and Haaland slices his shot into the side-netting from the back post. Prior to that, the Dortmund striker squared up to Todibo ahead of a corner. Social distancing, lads!
24' Hazard plays the ball through the legs of Serdar and wins a free-kick from the Schalke midfielder. Hakimi takes on the set-piece from 25 yards but can only pick out Nastasic in the wall.
22' Dortmund have had 63 per cent of the ball, without yet managing a shot on target. Again, that is understandable given the fact it has been more than two months since they were last in action.
21' Schalke have failed to score in all four of their Bundesliga away games in 2020 - this last happened between September and November 2001. They last went on a longer goalless streak away from home between April and September 1998 (five games).
19' Hazard initially does well to skip a challenge and carry the ball towards the box, only to misplace his pass in the direction of Hakimi. The hosts are having more joy down the right than the left so far.
17' BLOCK! Guerreiro, on his weaker right foot, gets an angled shot away but it is blocked behind by Sane for a corner. Dortmund are definitely starting to step things up now following a fairly quiet start.
15' Hakimi is played into plenty of space down the right and squares the ball into the six-yard box. Credit to Schalke defender Todibo, though, as he slides in to cut out the cross and one of his team-mates clears.
13' Dortmund have a chance to swing in a free-kick from a wide area, but the flag goes up for offside. There is a brief pause for the referee to check in with the video assistant referee because of Kenny's possible handball infringement.
11' This match almost has a pre-season feel to it at the moment. Dortmund are 14 points better off than their bitter rivals, but you cannot really tell that on the basis of the opening 11 minutes.
9' Hazard, a late addition to Dortmund's starting line-up, holds off his man and decides to have a go from a long way out but can only pick out the empty stands.
7' There is an eerie feel to this game, but that was to be expected considering it is being played at an empty ground. Dahoud concedes a free-kick around 25 yards from goal, only for Caligiuri to pick out the wall with his effort.
5' Picking up from where he left off prior to the two-month break, BVB striker Haaland exchanges passes and drives into the box, but Schubert pounces on the ball.
3' Harit drives through the lines and plays the ball to McKennie, but the American midfielder loses possession on the edge of the Dortmund box.
2' Reyna has been denied a full Bundesliga debut by that untimely injury in the warm-up, then, but Dortmund do at least have plenty of cover in the attacking areas. Both sides are taking it in turns to knock the ball around in the early stages.
1' KICK-OFF! Dortmund get us up and running at a pretty much completely empty Signal Iduna Park. There has been a late change to the home side's startling line-up, with Hazard replacing Reyna, who picked up an injury in the warm-up.
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Signal Iduna Park, with kick-off just moments away.
This will be the 180th edition of the Revierderby. Borussia Dortmund have won only one of the last eight meetings - a 2-1 victory at Schalke in December 2018. The most recent encounter here in April 2019, watched by more than 80,000 fans, finished in a 4-2 victory for the visitors.
Unlike bitter rivals Dortmund, Schalke have near enough a fully-fit squad to choose from today. Wagner has still opted to make four changes on the back of March's 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim, however, including a couple of changes in attack as Harit and captain Caligiuri take over from benched duo Burgstaller and Matondo. Elsewhere, Sane and Serdar return in place of Becker and Schopf.
Dortmund show five changes from their 2-0 Champions League last-16 second-leg defeat to PSG on March 11. Sancho boasts some impressive figures this season but drops down to the bench today, as does fellow attacker Hazard, with Reyna and Brandt joining Haaland up top. Emre Can and Axel Witsel are ruled out through injury, so in come Delaney and Dahoud in holding midfield, while Akanji is preferred to Dan-Axel Zagadou in defence.
Subs: Alessandro Schopf, Guido Burgstaller, Alexander Nubel, Levent Mercan, Timo Becker, Michael Gregoritsch, Juan Miranda, Ahmed Kutucu, Rabbi Matondo.
SCHALKE XI (3-4-2-1): Markus Schubert; Jean-Clair Todibo, Salif Sane, Matija Nastasic; Jonjoe Kenny, Suat Serdar, Weston McKennie, Bastian Oczipka; Daniel Caligiuri (c), Amine Harit; Benito Raman.
Subs: Jadon Sancho, Tobias Raschl, Marcel Schmelzer, Leonardo Balerdi, Marwin Hitz, Chris Fuhrich, Mario Gotze, Mateu Morey, Thorgan Hazard.
DORTMUND XI (3-4-2-1): Roman Burki; Lukasz Piszczek (c), Mats Hummels, Manuel Akanji; Achraf Hakimi, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thomas Delaney, Raphael Guerreiro; Julian Brandt, Giovanni Reyna; Erling Haaland.
Schalke are sixth in the table ahead of today's restart, 10 points off Bayer Leverkusen in fifth and a further two points behind fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach. David Wagner's men are winless in seven league games, most recently playing out a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim on March 7.
Dortmund won four league games in a row and seven of their last eight prior to the coronavirus-enforced shutdown, yet they still trail leaders Bayern Munich by four points with nine games to play. Lucien Favre's men were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain in their most recent outing, meaning that all focus is now on winning a first title since 2012.
Some 61 days on from the last match, owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, top-flight football is back in Germany and this is arguably the standout fixture on the returning weekend of action. The eyes of the world will be on this unique Revierderby showdown, which is widely considered to be the biggest local derby in the country but will today be contested behind closed doors.
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