Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke 04 score: Haaland, Brandt, Guerreiro shine in Revierderby as Bundesliga returns

Saturday's Revierderby was all Borussia Dortmund as the hosts pounded rival Schalke 4-0 to mark the return of the Bundesliga following a two-month break. Playing at Signal Iduna Park with no fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, Dortmund used sensational performances from its front three and Raphael Guerreiro to move within one point of Bayern Munich (standings). Schalke, with American Weston McKennie starting in the middle, couldn't contain their rival, who scored twice in each half. American Gio Reyna was set to start for Dortmund before picking up an injury during warmups

Here are three takeaways from the match:

Clinical and sharp

Borussia Dortmund was as efficient as it could be, scoring on its lone four shots on goal to set the tone and bury a helpless Schalke side. The passing was quick, crisp and perfectly timed, and once they were ready to spring forward, Erling Haaland was already calling for the ball and with a step on the back line.

They mixed in some flair, put their passes exactly where they need to be and made it look easy.

The first goal, which came from Haaland, followed a delicious touch from Julian Brandt to Thorgan Hazard, who then set up Haaland to perfection.

The second goal once again saw a perfect pass from Brandt, setting up Guerreiro with this lovely effort:

Hazard then made it 3-0 early in the second half before the goal of the game saw Haaland filter a pass through to Guerreiro, who did this:

Schalkes's defense was non-existent

It won't be a game that Weston McKennie and company will remember, but it was hardly his fault. He had some moments both on the ball and off of it, but at times in transition he was sitting deep or had to chase back with just two defenders helping. It got worse as Schalke aimed to get back into the game, and the visitors ended up standing no chance of getting back into it. 

Up 2-0, Dortmund went for its third and got it, with Haaland getting a ball forward. When the ball goes into Brandt in space, just look at where Schalke's back line is.

As bad as it gets. 

Schalke in trouble when it comes to Europa League?

Schalke entered the day in a Europa League spot and will finish the day outside of the top six. Before long, they could be out of the top half of the table. This result stretched Schalke's winless streak to eight games. In those eight games, they've just scored two goals. The lack of creativity in attack has effectively seen them ruled out of any game in which they go down a goal or two. With a defense conceding 13 goals in their last four, what hope does a team have that can't defend and can't score? A promising start to the season is beginning to fizzle after just one game since returning from the break. 

Borussia Dortmund 4, Schalke 0 (FT)

⚽ Dortmund - Haaland (28')
⚽ Dortmund - Guerreiro (45')
⚽ Dortmund - Thorgan Hazard (48')
⚽ Dortmund - Guerreiro (63')

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FT!

It's Dortmund 4, Schalke 0 as the final whistle blows. Easy one for Dortmund in the end.

Four added minutes 

Just a few minutes to go now. Dortmund on its way to a convincing win.

10 minutes to go

This one is long over as Dortmund is now defending and trying to keep a cleansheet. Pretty convincing performance here from the hosts as it's been a nightmare performance for Schalke.

The goal to make it 4-0

A beauty of a goal to make it 4-0 for Dortmund. The passing, the finish, it was played to perfection.

63' It's 4-0!

Dortmund is running rampant. Guerreiro scores on a fine assist from Haaland as the nightmare in defense for Schalke continues. It's a lovely strike too with the scorer falling down as he shots, curling it in with the outside of his foot. 

60' Numbers say it all

Both teams have three shots on goal, and Dortmund has made every single one. That efficiency has them on the brink of three points to move within a point of the top of the table. 

48' It's 3-0!

Another goal for Dortmund as they show Schalke how to counter. Brandt with another assist as he feeds Hazard, and it's a shot the goalkeeper really should have saved. 3-0 to the hosts as Haaland is down with some type of injury. Looks like a cut. 

Second half underway!

The second half has resumed at Signal Iduna Park. With that, here's a look at the goal that made it 2-0.

Half time!

2-0 at the break for Dortmund. Pretty convincing first half and Schalke is just a step behind each time. Remember though, two season ago Schalke came back from down 4-0 at Dortmund to draw 4-4. But they are going to need a hot start in the second half.

45' It's 2-0 to Dortmund!

Guerreiro! It's 2-0 for the hosts after Brandt plays him down the left, and his low-footed shot goes zooming into the lower part of the far post. Fantastic hit!

29' GOAL DORTMUND!

And there is the opener, and it's Haaland! He finishes brilliantly inside the box on a great ball from Hazard! A lovely touch to the far post! 

27' Huge save from Burki

McKennie does well to steal the ball and get Schalke forward, and a cross comes into the box that sees Burki have to make a strong save with his foot on a shot from Caligiuri that was headed into the far post. 

24' Nearly!

After a corner, the ball finds Haaland at the back post, and he settles before blasting a shot that hits the side of the net. Boy did he put some crazy speed on that.

23' Decent hit

The ball wasn't hit poorly, but the wall jumps to block it. Was certainly going on goal.

22' Foul and a dangerous free kick

Hazard gets taken down atop the box by Serdar, and what a chance this is. About 20 yards out, slightly to the left of the top of the circle. Definitely going on goal.

13' Dortmund knocking on the door

A little shaky in defense for Schalke early on. Some good opportunities for Dortmund. A little rust defensively perhaps?

7' Hazard goes for it

Good little counter there for Dortmund as Hazard receives the ball from Haaland and marches towards goal, but his shot from the top of the box goes way over the goal. 

3' McKennie nearly filters pass through

Good work from Schalke to press and win the ball back, as Weston McKennie goes at the box and tries to play wide, but his pass isn't accurate enough as Dortmund defuses the situaion.

1' UNDERWAY!

Dortmund kicks things off, and the Bundesliga is back!

Reyna not starting after all

A late knock for Gio Reyna, and he doesn't start after all. Tough blow for the young American.

Here they come

The players for Dortmund are walking onto the pitch now as Schalke has yet to come out of the locker room. Four minutes until kickoff. 

Super-sub Sancho?

With Jadon Sancho on the bench, Lucien Favre has quite the option to go to if they go behind. Safe to say we will see Sancho at some point. He's speed and technical ability, along with how well he works with Haaland, will be key.

15 minutes to go

Just a quarter of an hour until kickoff from Signal Iduna Park. No fans, but Weston McKennie told CBS Sports HQ he thinks his team will celebrate as if there were fans if they score. Should be interesting to see how players handle those celebrations and if they keep distance between them. 

A chance to pressure Bayern

A win for Dortmund today would move them just a point behind Bayern Munich in the table, with the Bavarian giants playing on Sunday against Union Berlin. Bayern is the heavy favorite there, but a rusty performance could put us in a wild spot with these two teams set to meet on May 26. Anything but a win here would give Bayern a huge chance to build a lead that could, in the end, be insurmountable. 

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May 16, 2020, 12:40 PM
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