September 19, 2010
Dortmund dominate derby
Borussia Dortmund took the honours in the Westphalian derby today with an impressive win, the scorline of which did not fully reflect their domination of the game at the home of their rivals Schalke.
It was one-way traffic from start to finish as Jurgen Klopp's side put on a riveting show of swift, attacking football to leave the Royal Blues without a chance until Klaas Jan Huntelaar's last-minute consolation and still waiting for their first points of the season.
The untouchable Shinji Kagawa was on target twice for Dortmund with Robert Lewandowski completing the rout in the 86th minute.
Schalke ended the game with 10 men since Nicolas Plestan was given his marching orders for a second yellow card after an hour, when they were already two goals down and without any hope of recovering.
Rarely has a derby game been as one-sided as this one - Dortmund could so easily have had six goals before half-time.
Lars Bender was unfortunate to see his goal ruled out for a borderline offside decision in the 10th minute.
Neven Subotic then hit the crossbar with a header before Kagawa failed to beat Roman Weidenfeller in a one-on-one.
Kevin Grosskreutz was denied by Manuel Neuer before Kagawa's shot deflected off the foot of Benedikt Howedes to open the scoring in the 20th minute.
Lucas Barrios almost made it two within minutes, but Neuer made an excellent save.
Dortmund hit the crossbar for the second time in the 45th minute with Grosskreutz's cross hitting the woodwork and bouncing out to Subotic, whose two follow-up shots were saved.
Kagawa got a deserved second in the 58th minute when he stole in at the far post to meet a cross from the right.
Plestan was then sent off for a foul on Barrios, who was heading towards goal, and Nuri Sahin then hit the crossbar for a third time.
Substitute Lewandowski made it three in the 86th minute as the Schalke defence fell asleep and Huntelaar's first goal for Schalke three minutes later offered little consolation.