Schalke beats Dortmund 2-0 for 1st Ruhr derby win since 2014

Schalke's Yevhen Konoplyanka is celebrated after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri, Dortmund's Mahmoud Dahoud, Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek and Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki receives the second goal by Schalke's Naldo during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Schalke's Yevhen Konoplyanka celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Schalke's Leon Goretzka and Dortmund's Sokratis challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BERLIN — Schalke beat rival Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the Ruhr derby on Sunday to consolidate second place in the Bundesliga and take a giant step toward guaranteeing a Champions League spot.

Second-half goals from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo gave Schalke an eight-point cushion over fifth-place Leipzig with four rounds remaining.

The top four in Germany qualify for the Champions League.

"It's something special. A derby win at this point in the season is a highlight," Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel said.

Coach Domenico Tedesco celebrated with fans in the stands.

"It's a privilege for me to be up there with the ultras," the 32-year-old Tedesco said.

Dortmund's first derby defeat since September 2014 dropped the side to fourth, below Bayer Leverkusen on goal difference. Dortmund is four points behind Schalke and four ahead of Leipzig, held to a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen in the late game.

"We made individual mistakes," Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger said after his second defeat in 15 games. "They made better use of the decisive situations than we did."

Schalke looked more likely to score in the first half, though Dortmund's Marco Reus went closest when he drew a good save from Ralf Faehrmann with a free kick.

"We brought a lot of passion onto the pitch," Faehrmann said. "Everyone knew we could devour any opponent on a good day."

Konoplyanka broke the deadlock five minutes after the break after a mistake from Marcel Schmelzer. The Dortmund captain lost the ball to Daniel Caligiuri, who surged forward and found the unmarked Konoplyanka to pick his spot and blast inside the left post.

Dortmund looked labored as it sought a response against the home side's well-organized defense, and Naldo settled the result late with an indirect free kick. Marco Pjaca tipped the ball to Caligiuri, who stopped it for Naldo. The defender hammered the ball past Dortmund's ineffective wall and inside the left post again.

Dortmund's disappointing afternoon ended with Michy Batshuayi being stretchered off in injury time.

The local Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper reported the Belgian striker, who is on loan from Chelsea, is suspected to have suffered a lower-leg fracture.

People also read these

Les Bleus to Red Devils: Henry named assistant...

Aug 26, 2016

Former France striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto...

Meunier leads Belgium in 9-0 masterclass over...

Aug 31, 2017

Thomas Meunier orchestrated a showtime Belgium performance against the part-timers from Gibraltar...

Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Apr 22, 2018

Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory...

FIFA hopeful VAR will prevent World Cup...

May 8, 2018

Frozen screens, bendy offside lines and other technical glitches have made the Video Assistant...

Before World Cup, another injury fear for...

Jun 3, 2018

Influential Belgium center back Vincent Kompany is to undergo scans to evaluate the extent of a...

About Us

Daily Sports Global, your guide to the best sports news on the Internet. Access to the world’s biggest sports events right here even if you’re not physically there.

Contact us: sales[at]dailysportsglobal.com

Subscribe Now!