Borussia Dortmund failed to return to the top of the Bundesliga table after suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals Schalke 04 in a thrilling
Daniel Caligiuri sent Roman
Lucien Favre's side were then reduced to nine men minutes later when
Key Talking Point
The Black and Yellows do have a reputation for hitting the self destruct button at the worst possible time, but even by their quite high standards, Saturday's implosion against Schalke was one of their worst yet.
Things started perfectly when Borussia Dortmund took the lead through Mario
Starting XI: Bürki (6), Wolf (2), Weigl (4), Akanji (6), Diallo (7); Witsel (7), Delaney (5), Reus (2); Sancho (8), Guerreiro (5),
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But it was the teenager's assist early in the match which set him apart as Dortmund's marquee player once again, chipping an unbelievable pass straight into the path of Mario
14 - Jadon Sancho has assisted 14 Bundesliga goals this season, the most by an English player in one of Europe's big five leagues since Frank Lampard also assisted 14 in the Premier League in 2009-10. Superstar. pic.twitter.com/mEX9M6cysm— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 27, 2019
Jadon Sancho with the best assist you'll see in the @Bundesliga_EN, or possibly Europe, this season. Stunning lob to meet Götze's run into the box.— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) April 27, 2019
That was some assist from Jadon Sancho... 18th of the season (plus 11 goals).— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) April 27, 2019
This guy is really, really special.
Sancho has ridiculous skill. Very reminiscent of Sterling but even better close control on the ball and vision of a playmaker at times.— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) April 27, 2019
Key Talking Point
It's been a season to forget for Schalke, but form goes out the window when it comes to the Revierderby and the Royal Blues showed once again why they can be a force to be reckoned with in the Bundesliga.
It wasn't a vintage performance, but Huub Stevens' side had just enough in each area of the pitch to offer Borussia Dortmund a real game where the Black and Yellows had to work hard to try and get something out of the match.
At the end of the day, Schalke ended up being handed all three points on a plate when Reus and Wolf were sent for an early bath in quick succession, but it's a result which has effectively confirmed they will avoid relegation, so thoughts can now look to their much-needed rebuild in the summer.
Perhaps even more importantly for Schalke fans, it's a result which has put Bayern Munich in the driving seat for the Bundesliga title, ensuring that their rivals in Dortmund will likely have to go another year without silverware.
Starting XI: Nübel (7),
STAR MAN - Schalke's veteran full back
Caligiuri masterclass in the #Revierderby and Bayern are really close to another Bundesliga title.— TOMMY (@EdenHazardCF) April 27, 2019
wow. Caligiuri has actually got a brace and an assist in the derby lmao— ٌ (@OleMindset) April 27, 2019
Caligiuri is earning himself a sport alongside Fischer, Sand And Raul in the Schalke hall of Fame.— Olórin (@H_Semaan) April 27, 2019
Have my children Daniel Caligiuri— . (@BundeSabeh1) April 27, 2019
Borussia Dortmund will be looking to keep their title hopes alive next week against tough opponents in SV Werder Bremen, while Schalke 04 can steer clear of the relegation zone for good in their match at home to FC Augsburg.