Schalke complete stunning Dortmund comeback

FC Schalke 04

It was a game of two halves, as Borussia Dortmund stormed to a four-goal lead, only for FC Schalke 04 to stage an incredible second-half comeback and draw 4-4.

Borussia Dortmund 4 Schalke 4
Aubameyang strikes yet again
Stambouli with an own goal
Gotze and Guerreiro pile it on
Burgstaller and Harit score for Schalke
Aubameyang sent off
Caligiuri and Naldo complete comeback

Match Summary

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired Dortmund ahead in the 12th minute, and didn’t look back from there. Benjamin Stambouli found his own net trying to deny the Gabon international his second, before goals from Mario Gotze and Raphael Guerreiro had BVB four goals up at half time.

The second half saw a Schalke fightback, with Guido Burgstaller and Amine Harit pulling goals back for the visitors, before Aubameyang picked up his second yellow card.

Daniel Caligiuri found the top corner with time running out, before Naldo completed the thrilling comeback with a header deep in stoppage time.

Full Report

It didn’t take long for BVB to open the scoring, and as usual it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who got it, arriving at the far post to tap home after Christian Pulisic fired the ball across the box from the right flank.

Aubameyang almost had his second just a couple of minutes later when he met Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross, but his shot was over the crossbar.

However, Dortmund were able to double their lead soon afterwards with an own goal from Benjamin Stambouli. Another cross, this time from Nuri Sahin, caused the trouble, which ended with the Frenchman putting it into his own net.

It was three-nil in the 20th minute, as Aubameyang burst down the flank and crossing for Mario Gotze to finish with a header at the back post.

The fourth arrived in the 25th minute, when Aubameyang’s shot was blocked but fell to Raphael Guerreiro to hit sweetly on the volley.

Dortmund looked clear and gone. But something amazing was about to happen.

Having almost conceded again from an error by goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann, Schalke pulled one back on the hour mark through a splendid looping header from Guido Burgstaller, who got his head to a long ball forward despite the attention of Sokratis.

Four minutes later and a game that seemed dead at halftime was alive and kicking after Amine Harit pulled another one back for Schalke, peeling away at the back post to meet a cross from Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Schalke kept up the pressure as Burgstaller got a sight of goal but dragged his shot wide, before being denied by Roman Weidenfeller, who pushed his header onto the post. Not long afterwards, Aubameyang was sent off for his second yellow card.

Daniel Caligiuri got the third one back in the 86th minute, cutting onto his left foot and curling one into the top corner to set up a tense final few minutes.

The comeback was completed in the fourth minute of added time, when Naldo provided a towering header to meet Konoplyanka’s cross and find the net, completing a stunning comeback.

After the final whistle there was a confrontation down in front of Schalke’s goal, with almost everybody from both teams off the bench, though thankfully cooler heads quickly prevailed.

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