Dortmund beat Schalke in derby for fourth straight Bundesliga win
Borussia Dortmund picked up their fourth straight Bundesliga win to pick up local bragging rights with a 3-0 victory over Schalke.
After being frustrated over and over again by Schalke goalkeeper Timon Wellenreuther, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock in the 78th minute before, a minute later, Henrikh Mkhitaryan sealed victory.
Marco Reus added a third as Dortmund gave a more realistic look to the result of a one-sided Revierderby.
Both sides came into the game with plenty of injury problems, Dortmund losing Sokratis Papastathopoulos on Saturday morning in addition to Lukasz Piszczek, who has been ruled out for six weeks.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was back in the Schalke attack after suspension, but the early action came at the other end when Aubameyang was put through, but his shot deflected off the knee of Wellenreuther to loop just over.
Nuri Sahin was next to test Schalke's rookie goalkeeper, who was taking part in his first derby and nearly got carried away as he raced from his line and had to retreat again with Aubameyang approaching, but not taking his opportunity to lob Wellenreuther.
A Reus volley missed the target and he laid the next chance on a plate for Aubameyang, but his weak shot was blocked by the last defender.
The crossbar denied Reus' deflected shot and Dortmund were left wondering how they were not in front at half-time.
Reus probably felt a curse had been placed on him as he saw Wellenreuther deny him again early in the second half.
Wellenreuther was stopping everything that Dortmund could throw his way, increasingly frustrating the home fans as all of the action continued to take place in the visitors' half.
Their persistence finally paid off with just over 10 minutes remaining when they finally got the rub of the green with a deflection putting Aubameyang through, and this time he picked his spot in the far corner before producing a Batman mask to celebrate in front of the Dortmund fans.
A minute later, Ilkay Gundogan sent in a cross from the right and Wellenreuther's slip allowed Mkhitaryan to stick out a leg and double Dortmund's lead.
Reus got the goal his game deserved when Wellenreuther ruined all of his good work by trying to be fancy in turning away from the Dortmund forward, who stuck out a leg and poked the ball in with five minutes remaining.