KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Weston McKennie and Schalke would come out on top in the Rivier Derby as they came away with a much-needed win over Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.
Borussia Dortmund 2-4 Schalke
Goals from Daniel Caligiuri, Salif Sane, and Breel Embolo helped Schalke to a win over rivals Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park to help them in the push to avoid the relegation zone.
Weston McKennie started for the Royal Blues while Christian Pulisic came off the bench for BVB.
In a game which was critical for both teams for different circumstances, it would be the visitors that would come out on top to put a slight dent in Dortmund's chase for the Bundesliga crown.
However, it would be the host that opened the scoring 14 minutes into the contest when Mario Gotze headed in a lofted pass from Jadon Sancho.
That opening goal woke up Schalke as they went on to level the score four minutes later when the referee point to the spot for a penalty when it was judged that Julian Weigl handled the ball the in the area. Caligiuri stepped up and converted the penalty.
Schalke would then take the lead in the 28th minute when Sane rose from the packed area to head in a corner kick from Caligiuri.
It simply would not be Borussia Dortmund's day their captain, Marco Reus, was sent off in the 60th minute for a late tackle on Schalke's Suat Serdar.
And Schalke would punish them just minutes later when a free-kick from Caligiuri found the top corner of the goal.
It from bad to worse for BVB when the referee sent off Marius Wolf in the 65th minute for another dangerous tackle on Serdar.
Despite being down to nine men, the host would cut the deficit in the 84th minute when Axel Witzel steered the ball home as he connected on a headed pass from teammate Bruun Larsen.
However, Schalke would restore their two-goal lead two minutes later when Embolo struck from just inside the area to ensure they would take all three points.
The win puts Schalke in 15th place in the standings with 30 points while Borussia Dortmund sits in second place with 69 points, two points behind Bayern Munich.
In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks would be the hero for Wolfsburg as he headed in the equalizer to help salvage a point in their 1-1 tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Fabian Johnson watched all of the action from the bench for Borussia Monchengladbach as they fell to VfB Stuttgart in a 1-0 loss.
Both Alfredo Morales and Josh Sargent were spectators for their respective teams as Fortuna Dusseldorf came away with a 4-1 win over Werder Bremen.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Andrew Wooten started and scored a goal for Sandhausen in their 3-2 win over Holstein Kiel.
Jann George started for Jahn Regensburg as fell in a narrow 4-3 loss to St. Pauli.
Julian Green started for Greuther Furth in their 2-1 loss to Magdeburg.
Down in the 3. Liga, Bryan Gaul started while McKinze Gaines came off the bench for Zwickau in their 2-0 loss to Meppen.