Jude Belligham pounded his hand on the lawn in anger and blew off his tape bandage. A few meters further on, Schalke enjoyed their role as arch-rivals' spoilsport in the championship race and even thought of themselves as "number one in the pot". The moral winner of the derby without a winner could undoubtedly be identified. Ironically, in the 100th Bundesliga derby at arch-rivals FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund suffered a potentially decisive setback in the championship fight against FC Bayern. Despite clear superiority and a two-time lead, Dortmund's winning streak broke after eight league successes in a row at 2-2 (1-0) in Gelsenkirchen.
Dortmund is now two points behind Bayern and the significantly worse goal difference, in the game after next they have to meet in Munich for the summit meeting. It was the frustrating end to an emotional and disappointing week. Four days earlier, Borussia had lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League.
"It was a heated, great atmosphere. I found that we had the first half completely under control. We should have closed the game in the second half," national defender Nico Schlotterbeck quarreled on TV channel Sky and coach Edin Terzic said: " It got wild in the second half, just as Schalke wanted. In the end, we gave up the win. We know we have a team, that we can play good football. But we also know that we not go through with it until now."
Schlotterbeck (37th) and Raphael Guerreiro (60th) gave Dortmund the lead twice. But Marius Bülter with the first Schalke derby goal in almost four years (50th) and Kenan Karaman with his first competitive goal for Schalke (79th) equalized twice. Curious: Schlotterbeck's goal came at 7:09 p.m., BVB was founded in 1909. Schalke, who were unbeaten like BVB in the second half of the season, gave up last place to 1899 Hoffenheim, but TSG could overtake them again with a point on Sunday in Freiburg.
"When you're behind twice and come back like that, it feels good. The atmosphere was brutal, it pushed us incredibly. The confidence we've built up over the past few weeks has given us the belief that we can always come back "Said goalscorer Bülter and Karaman added with a view to his equalizer: "My first goal for Schalke and directly in the derby. That way you can shoot your way into the hearts of Schalke. A special moment for me."
After some arguments between the fans of both camps, it remained largely quiet around the game, at least in the run-up to the first findings. However, a photographer was hit by a Bengali torch from the guest block and filed a complaint.
Both teams have been pressured by previous results. To counter Bayern's 5-3 win over Augsburg, BVB coach Edin Terzic brought in Hummels, who had only started in two of the previous ten games, a real lucky derby charm. But it was certainly not a dream eleven that Terzic could muster. Youssoufa Moukoko, Karim Adeyemi and Julian Brandt were absent anyway, and neither did captain Marco Reus and first-choice goalkeeper Gregor Kobel get fit in time.
The fans of both camps tuned in with a veritable pyro show. While blue smoke rose from the north curve of Schalke, it was glowing red in the Dortmund corner. How the game shares would be distributed was meanwhile quickly apparent. Schalke were compact and deep. Dortmund, with Jude Bellingham, who was very offensive this time, and Guerreiro in the center, ran up and looked for gaps.
They found the first in the 18th minute, when Guerreiro ran towards Ralf Fährmann after a nice pass from Hummels, but didn't put the ball sharply or well on target. Schalke were lurking on the counterattack with Michael Frey working immensely and almost got the lead as a gift when Schlotterbeck shot Hummels and Rodrigo Zalazar picked up the ball and headed for goal alone. But the Uruguayan missed too quickly (25').
Schalke would soon mourn the chance because only BVB played from then on. And while Fährmann made good saves against Donyell Malen (30') and Marius Wolf (37'), he had no chance against Schlotterbeck's shot from 18 meters. Maya Yoshida did not pick up the international and let it finish unhindered from a central position. BVB now seemed to have the game firmly under control, but a little surprisingly, Schalke equalized right after the break through Bülter after a cross from Frey. Guerreiro's 2-1 seemed like a real blow to the neck, but Schalke struck back again through Karaman, who had come on eleven minutes earlier.