NAfter about half an hour, Domenico Tedesco removed his jacket, and he certainly did not get rid of the garment because he was sweating. It was cool this December afternoon, and the game of his Schalke had certainly not warmed the young coach. Obviously, Tedesco wanted to send a message to his team: Please roll up your sleeves and invest a little more! But it did not help, in the end lost the Schalke earned 1: 2 against the great rivals, a quarter of an hour before the end, Jadon Sancho had scored the winning goal for the leaders. "We did a good job in the second half and had ten good minutes after the 1-1 win. In the 1: 2 we defended badly, in the end, the power was missing, "said Tedesco.
It was a success of the better team, which led after seven minutes, by a goal that evidently angered Tedesco. Marco Reus had struck a free-kick from the half-field into the penalty area, headed by Thomas Delaney from eight meters into the goal. With Salif Sané and Weston McKennie had two really good football players escape the Danes. It was not the only situation in the first half hour when Schalke looked sleepy and inattentive. BVB were more alert, more ambitious and would have added a second goal almost early on, but Paco Alcácer's shot from 18 meters narrowly missed the post (17.).
The Spanish sensationalist was once again in the starting lineup, only for the third time in this Bundesliga season. In addition, Manuel Akanji had recovered in time from his Kapselzerrung, the Swiss formed together with Abdou Diallo the Dortmund central defense, because Dan-Axel Zagadou still struggling with his Fußstauchung. The Schalke started in their 4-4-2 system with midfield diamond, who had done so well in Hoffenheim last weekend, Sebastian Rudy pulled the strings on the six and Nabil Bentelab was supposed to be a classic ten piece of creativity.
But against this BVB the Algerian did not find a long time in the game. The team from Gelsenkirchen did not have any chances combined at all. The danger for the league leaders was only two times in the first half: First, a ball in the penalty area of Dortmund jumped to the hand of Axel Witsel, the Schalke claimed a penalty. But the referees were right with their verdict: An intention could not be attributed to the Belgian under any circumstances. After half an hour, a ball landed after a corner in Guido Burgstaller, who could complete free from four meters, but Roman Bürki shot at.
Burgstaller then had to be replaced with an injury (36), after Breel Embolo, Mark Uth, and Franco Di Santo threatens to fail the next attacker. How great the need was, became visible because full-back Hamza Mendyl for Burgstaller came into the game and took over the position of the Austrian in the double top. It was now a lot of restlessness in the game, even the 4: 4 from the previous season worked after: "We still owe you something," BVB captain Marco Reus had formulated before the game in a message to his own fans, played accordingly committed the captain, too energetic, maybe.
After an hour Reus Amine Harit stepped in a defense action in his own penalty area on the foot, with the help of the video assistant, the situation was cleared up. Daniel Caligiuri converted the penalty to 1-1 (61.). But Schalker did not really use that momentum. Instead of recharging their energy, they lost their game and after 74 minutes, Alessandro Schopf and Sebastian Rudy defended so inattentively that Sancho came to a close following a simple double pass with Raphael Guerreiro and scored the 1: 2.
Reus had another great chance (79 '), Guerreiro hit the post (84'), in the end they could have won even higher. But even so is a series of meanwhile five derbies without Dortmund victory to end the league leaders seems to be unstoppable this year. "It was a very difficult game for us, especially in the first half," said Dortmund coach Favre. "What I liked is how the team reacted after the 1-1 draw. We deserved to win in the end. "