Schalke beaten in the Revierderby
FC Schalke 04 were well beaten in Saturday’s Revierderby played behind closed doors (16/5). Dortmund won 4-0 with goals from Erling Haaland, Raphael Guerreiro (2) and Thorgan Hazard.
Three changes to the team
Daniel Caligiuri, Salif Sané and Suat Serdar all returned from injury to make the starting XI, with Wagner’s team operating with a 5-4-1 formation – Benito Raman was the lone striker.
Haaland and Guerreiro score before the break
Instead of a raucous atmosphere typical for a derby, the game started in near silence. Almost every shout from both coaches could be heard on the television, with each noise reverberating around the stadium.
Both sides took a while to get used to the unfamiliar settings and took a while to get going. Dortmund took control of proceedings after an even first 15 minutes. The hosts gained the lead through a clever Erling Haaland finish in the 29th minute, after some good work down the right-hand side from Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard.
Schalke then had their best moment in the first half moments after going behind. Bastian Oczipka’s cross eventually fell to Daniel Caligiuri, but the German-Italian couldn’t beat Roman Bürki from close range. Right on the stroke of half time, BVB doubled their lead. Julian Brandt played in Raphael Guerreiro, who slotted the ball into the far corner.
Dortmund quickly wrap things up
David Wagner made two changes to the second period, with Rabbi Matondo and Guido Burgstaller replacing Jean-Clair Todibo and Benito Raman to form a 4-4-2 formation. The hosts found a third goal quickly after the break though. Thorgan Hazard finished off a rapid counter attack after another Brandt assist.
Roman Bürki was on hand to deny Guido Burgstaller’s deflected effort after 57 minutes, before Guerreiro added a fourth and final goal (63’).
Dortmund held on and Schalke failed to make anything from their few chances late on, meaning the Royal Blues suffered a painful defeat in their first game back after the restart.
Home game against Augsburg also without fans
S04’s first ever Bundesliga home game played behind closed doors will take place next Sunday against FC Augsburg (24/5, 15:30 CEST).