Jadon Sancho was the Revierderby hero as the English teenager scored the winner for Borussia Dortmund to seal their first win over Schalke in three years.
Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Delaney (7’), 1-1 Caligiuri (pen. 61’), 1-2 Sancho (74’)
It was always going to be an intense match, but the first half was a truly breathless period of football, and it was Schalke who were left gasping for air early on. Marco Reus’ free-kick was curled into the box and met by Thomas Delaney, who headed past Ralf Fährmann at the near post for his first Dortmund goal, and hardly a better occasion for him to get it. Chances came for both sides before the break, as Dortmund looked to utilise the counter, while Schalke were building their moves forward from the back. Domenico Tedesco’s side were left with a makeshift attack after Guido Burgstaller was forced off with a knock, being replaced by Hamza Mendyl. That meant that Mendyl and Weston McKennie were leading the line into the second half.
It was a slow start to the second 45 minutes, but as with all derbies, it didn’t take long to catch fire once again. Reus’ challenge on Amine Harit was initially waved off by referee Daniel Siebert, but a check with Video Assist saw the decision reversed, and Daniel Caligiuri made the most of the chance from the spot, sending Roman Bürki the wrong way. But it was far from the end of the drama, as Sancho continued to create history for Dortmund. The England international was played in on goal by Raphael Guerreiro, and he made no mistake from a tight angle, putting the ball past Fährmann into the far bottom corner. On his Revierderby debut, the 18-year-old provided the touch of class needed for Lucien Favre’s side to seal all three points and consolidate their lead at the summit.
- Sancho scored his fifth goal of the season for Dortmund, and first ever against Schalke.Reus has nine goals and six assists in the Bundesliga this season. Only Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastien Haller has been involved in more goals.Dortmund will claim the nominal Herbstmeisterschaft (autumn championship), if Borussia Mönchengladbach lose on Sunday.Sancho made 43 sprints in the game, 13 more than the next best player on the pitch.When Dortmund last won the title in 2011/12, they had 26 points after 14 matches. They currently have 36.
Schalke: Fährmann (c) – Caligiuri, Sane, Nastastic, Oczipka (Konoplyanka 76’) – Rudy, McKennie, Bentaleb (Serdar 55’) - Harit, Schöpf – Burgstaller (Mendyl 36’)
Unused subs: Nübel, Stambouli, Teuchert, Naldo
Out: Embolo (foot), Teuchert (hip), Uth (hamstring), Di Santo (knee)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Akanji, Diallo, Hakimi – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho (Pulisic 89’), Reus (c), Bruun Larsen (Guerreiro 62’) – Alcacer (Götze 77’)
Unused subs: Hitz, Dahoud, Philipp, Toprak
Coach: Lucien Favre
Watch: Sancho dedicates his winner to his recently deceased grandmother