Akanji was Dortmund’s first corona case: the derby hero who came out of quarantine



A derby like a big versus small cup game!

BVB wins the 157th Pott-Knaller against Schalke 3-0, so Royal Blue is still well served. Dortmund is far superior in all values!

Even before the kick-off, it is one of the most unequal derby duels of all time. There are 14 places in the table between Dortmund (3rd) and Schalke (17th). For the first time since 1972, the Ruhr rivals are so far apart before a derby.

It’s one-way street football on the pitch, but it takes up to 55 minutes to kick off!

► After corner variation, Guerreiro pounds on it, goalkeeper Rönnow holds strong. Corona returnees Manuel Akanji (the Swiss tested positive before the international match against Germany) dusts off, lolls the ball into the goal – the 1-0 Trudel goal.

Then it goes quickly!

► Sancho hangs up for Haaland. The Norwegian easily lifts up via Rönnow to the deserved 2-0 (61st). The knockout within six minutes!

► Hummels heads 3-0 after a corner (78th).

Dortmund press Schalke against the empty yellow wall!

Coach Lucien Favre (62) brings five new players compared to Lazio’s defeat in the Champions League (1: 3). After days of fumbling around at the press conference, regular goalkeeper Bürki starts again in goal.

Surprising: Favre is switching to a back four for the first time since November 2019. Akanji (back to Corona) at Hummels’ side. Piszczek, Witsel, Reus and Bellingham only on the bench. Can is missing due to Corona. The move is on!

Schalke starts defensively with a five-man chain, coach Baum throws in the back of the starting line-up debutant Malick Thiaw (only four substitutions). Offensive boss Mark Uth (29 / muscle injury), for whom Harit is supposed to whirl around, is missing.

Dortmund dominated, Schalke tried to counter. Haaland (11th) and Meunier (16th) fail on Rönnow, Guerrero bangs over it from 18 meters (18th). Dahoud nails the ball to the crossbar (31st).

Royal Blue holds up to 0: 1 against it, goes on the socks (10 fouls). The crisis club (21 winless games in a row) plays forward but like a relegated team! In the history of the Bundesliga, only Tasmania Berlin remained without a win in 1965/66 (31 games).

Only: At Schalke, the stake is right at least up to 0: 1. Last Sunday (after the 1-1 draw against Union) around 80 Schalke Ultras put the team under pressure and threatened: “You can lose the game. But it depends on the way. If you don’t present yourself at least as you do today, we’ll see you again. But then it won’t be so peaceful. Did that arrive? 200 percent! Of each! For Schalke. “

Schalke struggled to make it 0-0 in the first half, Dortmund’s superiority seldom made it necessary.

The halftime figures: 9: 3 shots on goal, 71% possession of the ball and 56% won tackles, all for BVB. The lead is only a matter of time before derby hero Akanji pushes the pot win with the Trudel goal.

Dortmund celebrates the best start to the season under Favre and is under pressure on Wednesday against Zenit St. Petersburg in the premier class. Schalke stumbled into the duel on Friday against promoted Stuttgart. Since the survival race continues, for the first league THREE.

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