BERLIN: Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang claimed his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season as Borussia Dortmund edged past archrivals Schalke to win a tense Ruhr derby 3-2 on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Aubameyang joined Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski as the league’s top scorer by netting Dortmund’s third after Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa and Germany defender Matthias Ginter had netted at Borussia’s Signal Iduna Park stadium.
Schalke are now winless in their last six matches, but the Royal Blues fought to the end as Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored goals in each half following mistakes in the Dortmund defense.
“There was no need for it to have been so tense at the end,” admitted Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel as his side enjoyed their seventh-straight win in all competitions.
“We had so many high-quality chances that we could have made it 4-1, but I had the feeling that the players didn’t want to make any mistakes, which made us tense.”
The result leaves second-placed Dortmund five points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern, and eight points clear of third-placed Wolfsburg, while Schalke stay fifth.
After Kagawa gave Dortmund a 30th-minute lead with a rare header, Huntelaar equalized three minutes later after Borussia captain Mats Hummels gave the ball away.
The hosts then netted twice as Ginter was left unmarked at a corner on 43 minutes as it finished 2-1 at the break.