Borussia Dortmund 4-4 Schalke: Dortmund let four-goal lead slip
By Press Association
Last Updated: 25/11/17 6:16pm
Schalke came from 4-0 down to deny rivals Borussia Dortmund a much-needed victory as a dramatic Revierderby ended in a 4-4 draw.
Dortmund, with just one point from their last five Bundesliga games and out of the Champions League, blew away their in-form visitors with four goals in the opening 25 minutes, including three in eight minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored one and set up another as Dortmund raced into a four-goal lead, but his dismissal with 18 minutes left contributed to an epic collapse from Peter Bosz's men, who have taken only two points from their last six league matches.
Dortmund's 11th-minute opener was perhaps fortunate as Aubameyang saw his initial shot saved, but bundled it in regardless as he slid towards goal - and the video referee allowed it to stand despite suspicions of handball.
It was 2-0 seven minutes later when Benjamin Stambouli headed into his own net from Nuri Sahin's free-kick, and Aubameyang turned provider in the 20th minute, with a delicious cross headed in by Mario Gotze at the far post.
Raphael Guerreiro slammed home number four five minutes later, connecting with the sweetly-struck left-foot volley after the ball dropped to him in the area.
Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco responded by making a double substitution in the 33rd minute, withdrawing Franco Di Santo and Weston McKennie for Leon Goretzka and Amine Harit.
Schalke rallied in the second half as Dortmund's defensive frailties reared their head. Guido Burgstaller headed in just after the hour mark and four minutes later Harit turned home Yevhen Konoplyanka's cross.
Worries for the hosts only grew in the 72nd minute when Aubameyang, booked in the 55th minute for a foul on Naldo, saw red after bringing down Harit.
And those worries proved justified as Daniel Caligiuri fired in Schalke's third with four minutes left before Naldo's header in the fourth minute of seven added on secured a point and heaped the pressure on Dortmund boss Peter Bosz.
It was not enough for Schalke to hang on to second place, however, as RB Leipzig beat Werder Bremen 2-0.