In the 180th Revierderby, it was Borussia Dortmund who earned bragging rights over Schalke 04 as they ran out 4-0 victors.
Story of the game
With Fußball returning to our screens, Der BVB picked up where they left off domestically despite a somewhat depleted line-up.
Lucien Favre’s side deployed a typical high-pressure style against their rivals, and it proved to be effective just before the half hour mark as Erling Braut Håland opened his body and connected perfectly with Thorgan Hazard’s cross to put the home side in front.
The visitors were caught napping on 45 minutes as a poor clearance from Markus Schubert in net was capitalised by Raphaël Guerreiro who met Julian Brandt pass with a clinical strike across goal to double Die Schwarzgelben lead.
Four minutes after the restart, Dortmund had their third courtesy of a Thorgan Hazard goal following a superb counterattack from a Schalke corner.
Just after the hour mark it was vier-null, with Raphaël Guerreiro doubling his tally on the day. The Portuguese international picked the ball up played a perfect one-two with Håland and finished coolly with the outside of his foot.
Key takeaways from the match
The title is not in Bavaria just yet…
As the worlds eyes were fixated on this Revierderby fixture, Favre’s side showed why they are still very much in the title race. As things stand, Bayern Munich sit 1 point clear with a game in hand and if the other Bundesliga fixtures was anything to go by, the ‘favourites’ did not always prevail.
The top two are set to face off in 10 days’ time in Der Klassiker and what a classic it could prove to be!
Man of the Match
Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
The all-action wing back was terrific in this fixture and proved to be too hot to handle for Die Königsblauen.
Guerreiro was a constant threat throughout the 87 minutes and scored a brace for the first time in his BVB career
The Portuguese international excelled statistically, recording an impressive 92% pass rate.
What's next for Borussia Dortmund?
Dortmund travel to the Volkswagen Arena to face Wolfsburg next Saturday and the home side will be looking to record their first victory over Die Schwarzgelben since May 2015.
Favre’s side ran out 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture in November courtesy of goals from Hazard, Guerreiro and Mario Götze.
What's next for Schalke 04?
David Wagner’s side have not won a Bundesliga game since the 4th February and face a side in Augsburg who possess an even worse recent record than Die Knappen. Augsburg recorded their last league victory at home to Werder Bremen on the 1st February.