Thorgan Hazard joined Raphael Guerreiro and Erling Haaland on the scoresheet as Borussia Dortmund made light work of Schalke, recording a comfortable 4-0 win in Saturday's behind-closed-doors Revierderby at the Signal Iduna Park.
Superior from start to finish, Dortmund did not let the absence of 80,000 fervent fans throw them off their title-chasing stride. The Black-Yellows had already gone close through Haaland, when the 19-year-old steered Hazard’s right-wing cross beyond Schalke goalkeeper Markus Schubert with less than half an hour on the clock for his 10th Bundesliga goal in nine games. Guerreiro will feel he should have done better with another presentable opening moments later, but made amends with a clinical finish on the stroke of half-time after Mahmoud Dahoud and Julian Brandt combined to ruthlessly pick off an errant Schubert clearance.
Schalke’s only real opening in a one-sided first half had come by way of a Daniel Caligiuri free-kick into the Dortmund wall, and their task was made a whole lot harder soon after the restart. Play was allowed to continue after Salif Sane upended Haaland on halfway, allowing Brandt to turn and find Hazard, who thundered his second goal in as many games past Schubert from inside the box. Brandt was the catalyst for Dortmund’s fourth, spraying a superb pass out wide for the run of Guerreiro. The Portugal international exchanged passes with Haaland, before firing off an audacious outside-of-the-boot finish into the net to cap a win that keeps Lucien Favre's side hot on the heels of leaders Bayern Munich.
- Dortmund have won eight of their first nine Rückrunde matches. The last time they did that, they won the title (2011/12).
- BVB's win was their fifth in a row, and 800th of the Bundesliga era.
- Haaland has hit more Bundesliga goals in 2020 (10) than the entire Schalke team (four).
- Guerreiro has scored seven Bundesliga goals this season - a personal best - including five in his last eight.
- Dortmund have registered a league-high 16 counter-attacking goals so far this season.
- Eight Bundesliga matches is Schalke’s longest winless run under Wagner (D4, L4). It’s also the longest current run of any Bundesliga club.
Watch: Haaland on scoring the first Bundesliga goal after the restart
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek (c), Hummels, Akanji - Hakimi, Dahoud (Götze 87'), Delaney (Balerdi 68'), Guerreiro (Schmelzer 87') - Brandt, Haaland, Hazard (Sancho 79')
Unused subs: Hitz, Morey, Führich, Raschl
Out: Can (muscular), Reus (thigh), Reyna (muscular), Schulz (muscular), Witsel (groin), Zagadou (knee)
Coach: Lucien Favre
Schalke: Schubert - Todibo (Burgstaller 46'), Sane, Nastasic - Kenny (Becker 87'), Caligiuri (c) (Miranda 76'), McKennie, Serdar (Schöpf 73'), Oczipka - Harit - Raman (Matondo 46')
Unused subs: Nübel, Gregoritsch, Kutucu, Mercan
Out: Kabak (back), Mascarell (groin), Stambouli (match fitness)
Coach: David Wagner
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