Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 played out a compelling goalless draw in the 89th Revierderby of the Bundesliga era at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Matchday 9.
Unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga outings, Schalke took the game to fierce rivals Dortmund in an energetic first half, registering four attempts on Roman Bürki's goal. BVB's play, by contrast, lacked its customary pizazz and with Schalke doing an exceptional job of starving Thomas Tuchel's men of space in midfield, the hosts went in at the break having failed to register a first-half shot on goal in front of their own fans for the first time since records began.
Sead Kolasinac tested Bürki early in the second half, but that effort only served to awake BVB from their slumber. Ousmane Dembele fired against the crossbar from close range, before Kolasinac rode to the Royal Blues' rescue to deny Christian Pulisic a certain goal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tickled the side-netting with a rare sight of goal as Dortmund turned the screw, but Schalke held on for a deserved point.
Man of the Match
Hard graft personified, Kolasinac did not put a foot wrong for Schalke. Aside from his goal-saving challenge on Pulisic, the Bosnian virtually marked Aubameyang out of the game.
Those early teething troubles a thing of the past, Schalke are beginning to look like the real deal under Markus Weinzierl. The Royal Blues are playing with confidence from front to back and were well worth a point at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
- Dortmund are now unbeaten in their last four against Schalke.Felix Passlack, Andre Schürrle, Raphael Guerreiro, Sebastian Rode, Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb, Naldo, Alessandro Schöpf, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Benjamin Stambouli made their Revierderby debuts.The game was the tenth goalless draw in Revierderby history.
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek, Sokratis (c), Ginter, Passlack (Guerreiro 71’) - Weigl - Kagawa (Schürrle 79’), Götze - Pulisic, Dembele (Rode 87’) - Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Schalke: Fährmann - Höwedes (c), Naldo, Nastasic - Geis - Schöpf, Goretzka, Bentaleb (Stambouli 90’), Kolasinac - Meyer (Konoplyanka 75’) - Di Santo (Choupo-Moting 62’)
Coach: Markus Weinzierl