FC Schalke 04 goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann says the 4-4 draw against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday will never be forgotten by anyone associated with the club.
In one of the most dramatic Bundesliga fixtures in the modern era, Dortmund took a 4-0 lead within the opening 25 minutes after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Benjamin Stambouli (own-goal), Mario Gotze and Raphaël Guerreiro.
However, Guido Burgstaller’s goal on the hour mark started a famous comeback in the Ruhr Valley derby at the Signal Iduna Park.
Amine Harit, Daniel Caligiuri and veteran defender Naldo’s 94th-minute goal earned Die Knappen a point, and Fährmann admits it was a real emotional rollercoaster for himself, his teammates and their supporters.
“A derby like is about heart and emotion,” he told the club’s website. “In the Ruhr Valley, you see either blue and white or black and yellow virtually every day. At the bakery, in the cinema, at the supermarket – wherever I go, the people live and die for football and their club.
“It was crazy on Saturday; I’ll never be able to put that madness into words. This game means a huge amount to me.
“We all know Naldo is good in the air, but the way he moved in the box before the goal was truly unique,” Fährmann added.
“Anytime we’re trailing in the future, we’ll remember this game and know that there’s always a way back.”