The 100th Ruhr championship derby was hot on the pitch and in the stands. Schalke scored a big point against Borussia Dortmund (2:2). The black and yellow team scored their first point in the spring season. Bayern defeated Augsburg 5:3 and is alone at the top again.
The biggest rivalry in German football was very visible on the pitch and also among the fans. Schalke got off the bottom last week with a 2-0 win over Bochum, but this time the Blues from Gelsenkirchen fought like lions. The motive was great against the eternal rivals, who are fighting for the first league title since May 2012. They honestly thwarted their plans and tipped the scales heavily in favor of Bavaria. The showdown between the leading teams will take place on April 1 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
A very bad week for Dortmund61,571 spectators filled the Veltins Arena to the last corner. Schalke didn’t set up a “bunker”, but fought decisively against the favored Dortmunders, who received a painful hump at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The farewell in the round of 16 of the Champions League was bitter.
In the 24th minute, veteran Mats Hummels made a big mistake, Rodrigo Zalazar escaped on his own on the right side, got in front of goalkeeper Alexander Meyer, but shot over the goal. The penalty came seven minutes before the break when Nico Schlotterbeck scored from the edge of the penalty area with his left foot from Raphael Guerreiro’s pass.
Schalke, who won the last derby in April 2019, started the second half decisively. In the 51st minute, Michael Frey escaped on the right, Marius Wolf and Schlotterbeck were too slow. The striker passed in front of the goal, where Marius Bülter pushed the ball into the net.
Borussia responded quickly. After an hour of play, Emre Can found Guerreiro on the left side of the penalty area. The 29-year-old Portuguese masterfully sent the ball under the crossbar.
Joker Karaman equalized with a headerSchalke coach Thomas Reis sent Kenan Karaman into the game in the 68th minute. The striker equalized in the 79th minute with a precise header from Bülter’s cross from the left side. The joy of the Blues after the end of the match was great. An unexpected point in the fight for survival means the most.
Terzic refuses to talk about the fight for the title“Dortmund were better because they have much better individuals, but we fought fanatically. We can be satisfied with the point, but we still have an unrelenting fight for survival.,” said coach Reis.
“We’ve been inconsistent too many times in the past, so I didn’t want to talk about the title fight in the previous weeks when we caught Bayern at the top. Exactly such matches are crucial in the fight for the title. In the fall, we were already nine points behind the first place, now we are only two,” added Borussia coach Edin Terzić.
Berisha quickly shook the Bayern net Wednesday was the game of the season in Munich, after a 2-0 win over PSG, the serial German champions were well rested. It was Julian Nagelsmann’s biggest win on the Bayern bench.
Augsburg beat Bayern 1:0 in the autumn part. The only goal was scored by Mergim Berisha, who hit the net with his left foot already in the 3rd minute after Benjamin Pavard’s poor header.
Two goals from defender Pavard After a quarter of an hour, Leroy Sane employed Joao Cancelo on the right side of the penalty area, who beat Mads Pedersen and sent the ball into the net with his right foot from the post. Just four minutes later, Sadio Mane made a scissor pass in front of goal, where Pavard pushed the ball into the net in striker style. The French defender then shone in the 35th minute when he made it 3:1 with a volley with his right foot. Leroy Sane rounded off Bayern’s surge, heading the ball into an empty net in the last minute of the first half after goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz managed to save Mane’s shot.
Augsburg did not give up despite the huge deficitIn the second half, the hosts slowed down the tempo considerably. After an hour of play, Matthijs de Ligt, who against PSG with an exceptional sliding start cleared the ball in front of the goal line, brought down Irvin Cardona in the penalty area. Berisha was accurate from the penalty spot.
A quarter of an hour before the end, Cancelo passed from the right side in front of the goal, and the quick and skillful Alphonso Davies made it 5:2 with his left foot. In the 93rd minute, Cardona was slightly relieved by the defeat of Augsburg, who turned out to be a very tough opponent.
Nagelsmann dissatisfied with the defense“I am satisfied with three points. We responded very well after falling behind quickly. In the second half, we lost control of the game and conceded two more goals. Three goals are too many, but of course I am satisfied with the effect in the attackNagelsmann said.
Leipzig outplayed Gladbach in the second halfThe players of Leipzig crushed the resistance of Borussia from Mönchengladbach in the second half at the Red Bull Arena. Timo Werner, Sweden’s Emil Forsberg and Croatia’s Joško Guardiol scored for their 14th win this season. In the playoffs, coach Marco Rose sent Kevin Kampl to replace the Austrian Konrad Laimer.
Round 24:COLOGNE – BOCHUM 0:2 (0:1) Stöger 9./11-m, Mašović 76.
BAYERN – AUGSBURG 5:3 (4:1) Cancelo 15th, Pavard 19th, 35th, Sane 45th, Davies 74th; Berisha 3., 60./11-m, Cardona 93.
Bayern: Sommer, Pavard, Upamecano, de Ligt (83./Blind), Kimmich, Joao Cancelo, Sane, Musiala (78./Gravenberch), Davies (78./Mazraoui), Gnabry (71./Müller), Mane (71 ./Tel).
Augsburg: Gikiewicz, Gumny (46./Iago), Bauer, Gouweleeuw, Pedersen, Engels (46./Rexhbecaj), Baumgartlinger, Maier (77./Mbuku), Demirović (46./Vargas), Beljo (46./Cardona), Berisha.
Judge: Florian Badstübner
RB LEIPZIG – BORUSSIA (M) 3:0 (0:0) Werner 57., Forsberg 71./11-m, Guardiol 80. Plea (Borussia M.) wasted the 11-m in the 53rd minute. Kampl (RB Leipzig) played until the 87th minute.
EINTRACHT – STUTTGART 1:1 (0:0) Rode 55.; Silas 75.
HERTHA – MAINZ 1:1 (1:0) Ngankam 18:/11-m; Ajorque 57.
SCHALKE – BORUSSIA (D) 2:2 (0:1) Bülter 50., Karaman 79.; Schlotterbeck 38th, Guerreiro 60th.
Schalke: Fährmann, Brunner, Yoshida, Jenz, Matriciani, Krauss (74th/Balanta), Kral, Zalazar (68th/Karaman), Aydin (74th/Mohe), Bülter, Frey (74th/Terrode).
Borussia (D): Meyer, Ryerson, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro, Can, Wolf, Bellingham, Malen (81./Reyna), Bynoe-Gittens (68./Dahoud), Haller (81./Modeste).
Judge: Marco Fritz
FREIBURG – HOFFENHEIM 2:1 (1:0) M. Eggestein 5th, Doan 89th; Stiller 49. RK: Kabak 84./Hoffenheuim
WERDER BREMEN – BAYER LEVERKUSEN 2:3 (1:1) Ducksch 30., Füllkrug 85./11-m; Bakker 34th, Frimpong 56th, Hložek 83rd.
WOLFSBURG – UNION BERLIN 1:1 (0:1) Wimmer 84.; Juranović 72./11-m