Borussia Dortmund were held to a 0-0 draw by FC Schalke 04 in the Revierderby at Signal-Iduna-Park on Saturday evening.
- Dortmund 0-0 Schalke
- Yellow cards outnumber shots in the first half
- Dortmund see a second-half penalty appeal waved away
- Burki denies Kolasinac on 50 minutes
- Dembele hits the woodwork
- Gotze is denied by Fahrmann late on
Dortmund came in to this game without a win in their previous three matches and their lack of composure in front of goal proved their downfall once again in this Bundesliga match.
Schalke, who had started the season poorly, looked much improved, although a goal eluded them as well.
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) October 29, 2016
Schalke started the brighter of the two sides with Max Meyer seeing a good early shot blocked by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
With Dortmund sitting high up the pitch, the visitors were looking to get in behind their opponents, while much of the early stage of the game was punctuated by some rough challenges from both sides.
Franco Di Santo had a 16th minute shot blocked after a good break forward by Meyer.
Sokratis then out-muscled Alessandro Schopf before feeding Mario Gotze, but his delivery to the back post was well cleared.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was struggling to get into the game as Schalke did well to throttle their opponents play for much of the first half.
There were early calls for a penalty for Dortmund at the start of the second period as Ousmane Dembele’s clipped cross, after a storming run down the left flank, hit the arm of Benedikt Howedes but the referee waved play-on.
Sead Kolasinac forced a magnificent save from Roman Burki on 50 minutes after he had been set through on goal by a good Nabil Bentaleb ball over the top.
Dembele was then unlucky to see his 52nd minute shot cannon back off the frame of the goal after he had arrived at the back post to connect to a Christian Pulisic flick from a good Lukasz Piszczek delivery.
It was certainly an improved performance from the hosts after the break but at times they looked like a side that had not won in three games as they just lacked some sharpness in front of goal.
Pulisic tried his best with an acrobatic effort that flew just over the Schalke target just before the hour mark as Aubameyang smashed a 61st minute free-kick into the away side’s defensive wall.
After a slight lull in the game, Howedes was well placed to clear a Piszczek ball into the box, with Dembele arriving at the back post.
Gotze then really should have scored with 73 minutes played as he waltzed inside the Schalke box before failing to beat Ralf Fahrmann, who had spread himself well.
Kolasinac denied Dortmund from breaking the deadlock moments later after Aubameyang clipped a pass into the box and into the path of Pulisic, who may have scored had it not been for the quick recovery from the left full-back.
And Aubameyang was unable to direct a difficult chance on target late on from a Gotze flick forward as both teams settled for a point.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 29, 2016
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