Schalke beats Dortmund 2-0 for 1st Ruhr derby win since 2014

Michy Batshuayi was on the end of a heavy challenge from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli

Michy Batshuayi was on the end of a heavy challenge from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli

"It was a deserved victory". "We didn't play well in that period".

Schalke maintained second spot on the table and a four-point lead over third placed Bayer Leverkusen as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Veltins Arena.

Konoplyanka had the beating of Burki on the stroke of half-time after cutting in from the left, but his strike flew inches past the far post.

Konoplyanka broke the deadlock five minutes after the break after a mistake from Marcel Schmelzer. Marco Pjaca tipped the ball to Caligiuri, who stopped it for Naldo.

RB Leipzig came from a goal behind to earn a share of the spoils after playing to a 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.

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Dortmund's misery was compounded in stoppage time, when striker Michy Batshuayi was carried off on a stretcher after clashing with Benjamin Stambouli.

"We tried everything in the second half and we deserved the point", Leipzig's Kevin Kampl told Sky.

With four games to play, qualification for next season's Champions League is by no means a given, and Reus revealed that only the end goal - qualifying for the competition - and not the means is what counts now.

Bremen looked the more unsafe side in the first half and they took the lead on 28 minutes.

Schalke cut a better figure in front of the goal as Naldo secured all three points after unleashing 28-meter hammer past Dortmund goalie Roman Buerki in the closing period of the derby. Winding his way through the Bremen back line, the young Englishman whipped a fierce shot past Jiri Pavlenka to level the scores.

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