Naldo seals Schalke win

- Agence France-Presse, BERLIN

Apr 17, 2018-

A 30-yard rocket from Naldo fired Schalke to a 2-0 victory over archrivals Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and strengthened their grip on second place in the Bundesliga.

Naldo’s superb strike sent the blue half of the Ruhr region into raptures as Schalke recorded their first win over Dortmund since September 2014. The Brazilian, who scored a last-minute equaliser in Schalke’s dramatic 4-4 draw with Dortmund earlier in the season, was the hero again on Sunday, as he secured three points for his side late in the second half. “To win the derby towards the end of the season is a real highlight,” Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel told Sky. “It was a deserved victory.”

Always a fiercely contested derby, there was even more at stake than usual in Sunday’s game, with just one point separating second-placed Schalke from third-placed Dortmund before kickoff. Victory saw Schalke pull four points clear of third place, while Dortmund drop to fourth. 

Schalke came close after just five minutes, Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki diving at full stretch to turn Alessandro Schoepf’s shot around the post. At the other end, Marco Reus forced a flying save from Ralf Faehrmann as his long range free-kick fizzed towards the top corner.  “We need to look at what went wrong in the first 45 to 60 minutes,” Reus said. “We didn’t play well in that period.”

In Sunday’s other game, Ademola Lookman’s second-half equaliser rescued a point for RB Leipzig, as they drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen to keep their Champions League hopes alive.


Published: 17-04-2018 08:44

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