Opposed by the vast majority of the sell-out crowd packed into the VELTINS Arena, Dortmund created the better chances in a keenly contested first half. Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann made the first real save of note at the feet of Ousmane Dembele, who was unfortunate to see a sumptuous curling effort sail agonisingly wide of the far post moments later. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced through on goal as BVB turned the screw, but Fährmann was again equal to the task, diverting the Gabon striker’s low drive away from goal with his feet.
The deadlock was broken less than ten minutes into the second half, however, and just seconds after Guido Burgstaller had tested Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki for the first time. Dembele slipped in Shinji Kagawa, who drew Fährmann off his line and selflessly squared for Aubameyang to stroke into the empty net. Bürki denied Schalke captain Benedikt Höwedes from point-blank range, before Aubameyang passed up the chance to double his tally and Dembele struck the woodwork. Schalke made the visitors pay 13 minutes from time when 20-year-old Thilo Kehrer fired in his first ever Bundesliga goal to salvage a draw.
Man of the match
As well as unlocking the Schalke defence in the build-up to the opening goal, Dembele was a constant threat for Dortmund with his trademark pace and slalom runs.
Aubameyang's incredible scoring run continues apace. The current Bundesliga campaign's top scorer now has 24 for the season, including seven in his last five league outings.
- Aubameyang has now scored five goals in eight Revierderby outings.
- Kagawa has had a direct hand in six goals in nine appearances against Schalke.
- Schalke summer signing Coke made his Bundesliga debut and first competitive appearance since 22 May 2016.
Schalke: Fährmann - Kehrer, Höwedes (c), Nastasic, Coke (Schöpf 70’) - Goretzka, Stambouli (Meyer 70’) - Caligiuri, Bentaleb, Choupo-Moting - Burgstaller (Huntelaar 85’)
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis, Bartra, Schmelzer (c) (Mor 79’) - Passlack (Guerreiro 73’), Castro, Weigl - Dembele, Aubameyang, Kagawa (Pulisic 87’)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
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