1-0 derby defeat for S04

FC Schalke 04 lost the 99th Bundesliga Revierderby 1-0 on Saturday (17/9). Youssoufa Moukoko got the only goal of the game for the hosts in Dortmund.

Unchanged team

Head coach Frank Kramer went with the same team that defeated VfL Bochum 3-1 last week. Tobias Mohr once again started at left-back, whilst the front three consisted of Jordan Larsson, Marius Bülter and Simon Terodde. The bench was also the same as last week’s victory.

S04’s defence tested – Larsson narrowly offside

Schalke were compact from the first whistle and gave their opponents little space in the final third. Although BVB had more of the ball and more attacks, they took a while to threaten Alexander Schwolow’s goal. Schalke struggled throughout the first half to get into any dangerous positions to shoot.

The most notable moment for the Knappen came in the 19th minute when Tom Krauß played a through ball to Jordan Larsson. The Swedish forward knocked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper Alexander Meyer, who then fouled him just outside the box. However, the flag then went up for offside, meaning Meyer wasn’t sent off.

Reus goes off injured – great save from Schwolow

The hosts were dealt a real blow after around half an hour. Captain Marco Reus suffered a bad injury and required treatment for several minutes before going off. BVB’s best chance then came soon after this, as Donyell Malan’s cross into the box was headed towards goal by Jude Bellingham from close range. Alexander Schwolow produced a great save to keep his effort out (32’).

Dortmund continued to attack down the flanks, though their next decent opportunity came right at the end of the first half. Schwolow was equal to Marius Wolf’s left-footed strike. 60 seconds later, Anthony Modeste glanced a header wide from a corner and the sides went into the break level.

Malen with the first chance in the second half, Karaman’s shot blocked

The home team also had the majority of the chances in the second half. Malen had the first one after the break, but was denied by Schwolow (46’). Dortmund were perhaps lucky to not have Anthony Modeste sent off in the 57th minute after he fouled Alexander Schwolow when he was already on a yellow card. Shortly after that, Tobias Mohr crucially blocked a header from Giovanni Reyna (60’).

Schalke’s best opportunity in the second half was a shot by Kenan Karaman from in the box, blocked by Nico Schlotterbeck (62’).

Moukoko wins it with a header

Dortmund continued to pile the pressure on and finally got the breakthrough. After substitute Youssoufa Moukoko was denied from a tight angle by Schwolow (66’), the striker headed home from a few yards out from a Marius Wolf cross (78’). Reyna was inches away from curling a second into the far corner, missing the far post narrowly three minutes later.

Schalke didn’t give up and threw bodies forward, but they simply couldn’t threaten from open play or set pieces and Dortmund held on for a 1-0 victory.

Friendly in Gütersloh

There will be no Bundesliga action next weekend due to the first international break of the season. Nevertheless, S04 will still play a friendly on Thursday (22/9) at fifth-tier side FC Gütersloh. Kick off will be at 19:00 CEST at the Ohlendorf-Stadion in Heidewald.

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