Schalke hold Dortmund 0-0 in Bundesliga's Ruhr derby
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 30, 2016 07:00 AM
Dortmund's Julian Weigl, Schalke's Nabil Bentaleb and Dortmund's Mario Goetze, from left, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press
BERLIN (AP) — Schalke held Borussia Dortmund to a scoreless draw in the 171st Ruhr derby, ensuring its bitter rival's winless streak in the Bundesliga stretched to four games on Saturday.
The visiting players, who started the league with five defeats, celebrated with the away fans after their seventh successive game without defeat across all competitions.
Earlier, Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben led Bayern Munich to another win while promoted Leipzig kept pace by extending its record Bundesliga start.
Lewandowski netted two goals set up by Robben and returned the favor for the Dutch winger to also score as Bayern defeated Augsburg 3-1 again, this time away. Bayern also defeated its Bavarian rival by the same score in the German Cup in Munich on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Leipzig substitute Marcel Sabitzer scored twice for a 2-0 win at Darmstadt, extending the record unbeaten start for a Bundesliga newcomer to nine games. Leipzig consolidated second place, two points behind Bayern.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0, SCHALKE 0
Schalke started bravely, displaying fluid movement, combining well at pace and forcing Dortmund to defend. Shinji Kagawa and Julian Weigl were booked within the first 12 minutes, leaving Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel shaking his head.
Dortmund had more possession but Schalke had all the chances. Dortmund fans provoked their rivals by unfurling Schalke banners apparently taken from visiting supporters.
Dortmund improved but still had no attempts on goal by the break, compared to Schalke's four.
Ousmane Dembele struck the post from close range with Dortmund's first effort in the 53rd minute.
The home side pushed harder for the win from then on. Schalke 'keeper Ralf Faehrmann blocked the quick-footed Mario Goetze, and Sead Kolasinac prevented an almost certain goal for Christian Pulisic with a goal-line tackle.
"You don't always get the results you deserve in football," Tuchel said.
AUGSBURG 1, BAYERN 3
Bayern, which visits PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday, looked to be heading for a rout as it completely dominated the first half in Augsburg.
Lewandowski needed two touches to break the deadlock in the 19th minute, the first to take Robben's ball between two defenders and the next to send it to the right corner for his sixth goal of the season.
The Poland forward returned the favor almost immediately, pulling the ball back from Paul Verhaegh's attempted clearance for Robben to score.
"They combined well together," said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, whose only concern was an apparent thigh injury to Javi Martinez.
It was no surprise when Lewandowski grabbed his second soon after the break, again with two touches and again set up by Robben.
Koo Ja-cheol took advantage of some wayward Bayern defending to equalize from close range with more than 20 minutes remaining but it was as good as it got for the home side.
DARMSTADT 0, LEIPZIG 2
Leipzig's remarkable start continued thanks to another gritty performance in Darmstadt
Sabitzer was set up by Timo Werner to break the deadlock with a simple finish before the hour-mark, while another substitute, Scotland winger Oliver Burke, set him up late.
WOLFSBURG 1, BAYER LEVERKUSEN 2
Wolfsburg has gone eight league games without a win after a late collapse against Leverkusen.
Maximilian Arnold broke the deadlock for Wolfsburg minutes before the break, sweeping the ball home. But Leverkusen responded with a late spell of unrelenting pressure.
Admir Mehmedi equalized with a well-worked team effort with just over 10 minutes remaining, and Tin Jedvaj scored shortly later.
The win offers some respite for Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, banned from the pitch for shouting an insult at Hoffenheim counterpart Julian Nagelsmann during their sides' game last weekend. It was Leverkusen's first victory in five games across all competitions.
Freiburg grabbed its first away win of the season at Werder Bremen, winning 3-1, while Mainz recovered from its recent slump with a 2-0 defeat of visiting Ingolstadt.