Borussia Dortmund controlled the entire game against Schalke on the way to a comfortable 3-0 win against the biggest sports rivals.
Borussia Dortmund had hardly any problems disposing of Schalke on matchday five and scored three points relatively easily when everything was said and done. Dortmund struggled to find the backbone of the network in the first half but that was more due to their own lack of placements in the final third than Schalke’s defensive resilience. In the end, however, it was irrelevant as Lucien Favre’s team placed three after Schalke.
Borussia Dortmund started attack after attack and wave after wave on Schalke during the 90 minutes until they finally broke through.
However, it wasn’t Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland or Marco Reus who broke the impasse, but Manuel Akanji, who jumped on a rebound after a wonderfully functioning corner routine. After the 1-0 win, the game opened up a little more and Dortmund had more opportunities and couldn’t be denied.
Erling Haaland still found his target in the end and scored a wonderful chip that Sancho had sent him through for. Mats Hummels also scored his first Derby goal in his 19th game against Schalke to seal the three points. Hummels was happy about his goal and the goal he conceded, as he told Sky after the game.
“I missed the derby goal. Something I had on my bucket list. I am very happy that it worked. Goal and no goals against – this is a dream day for a defender. ” – Mats Hummels
Outside of goals there have been some great performances from players who haven’t shown too much this season. Mahmoud Dahoud was the biggest highlight with his extraordinary performance. Dahoud’s talent and ability had never been questioned. Every year he will have a number of games in which the Dortmund player will replace Ilkay Gundogan. And against Schalke he showed how good he can be.
Julian Brandt was another player who just didn’t really get his chance this season and got the best out of Schalke. Brandt has the ability to be Dortmund’s best player on any given day. He just needs the right opportunity he got in his preferred 8/10 role in central midfield. Brandt was quoted as saying after the game:
“Derby victories are one of the nicest things to experience this season. We have some great people in the roster. I always want to win, but I also want to have fun on the pitch. You can see that we are evolving. That gives us confidence for the coming weeks. It is important that we stay on the ball now, both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. “- Julian Brandt
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Borussia Dortmund will be devoting themselves to the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday to improve their home game against Zenit.
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