Mark Zimmermann and his side were aiming to get back to winning ways after a draw against Rot-Weiß Oberhausen last Saturday. An even start from both sides in the derby was somewhat unsurprising, given both are separated by just one place in fifth and sixth respectively. Kaan Caliskaaner went closest for FC in the first half, as Jonas Kersken tipped his effort over the bar.
The second-half started with a bang. Darko Churlinov’s corner was nodded on by Oliver Schmitt at the front post, and Marius Laux was waiting at the back post to slide in for his second goal of the season. A period of more midfield battles followed without any real breakthrough on either side. That was then broken by Thomas Kraus, who raced onto a through ball and fired past the helpless Julian Krahl. Alongside Krahl and Churlinov, Matthias Bader, Niklas Hauptmann and Noah Katterbach all featured for the under-21s.
Goals: 1:0 Marius Laux (47.), 1:1 Thomas Kraus (74.)
FC under-19s made the trip to Gelsenkirchen on a freezing Sunday morning with the chasing pack breathing down their necks. However, Stefan Ruthenbeck’s men got to grips quickly on a frosty pitch and went 1:0 up after six minutes thanks to a superb effort from Jan Thielmann. The attacking midfielder almost headed home a second, in what was a dominant first-half performance.
The second-half saw Schalke come into the game more, although Daniel Adamczyk was reassured and largely untroubled throughout. After former FC player, Can Bozdogan was sent off in controversial circumstances, the closing stages grew more interesting.
Yet any nerves disappeared 10 minutes later. Sebastian Müller was brought down by Schalke stopper, Erdem Canpolat in the box and the ‘keeper had to be replaced as a result. Marvin Obuz stepped up and slotted home to ensure the U19s stayed top ahead of the final game of 2019 against Preußen Münster next weekend.
Goals: 1:0 Jan Thielmann (6.), 2:0 Marvin Obuz (87., FE)
Markus Daun’s under-17s were hoping to make it five wins on the bounce against Alemannia Aachen on Saturday morning. He couldn’t have asked for a better start when Philipp Wydra gave FC the lead inside two minutes. That set the tone for the first-half and the entire game. Mikhail Özkan made it two midway through the first period, before Justin Diehl and Vladislav Fadeev found the back of the net in the build-up to half-time.
Wydra grabbed his second five minutes after the restart from the spot, and Diehl his brace just two minutes later. He rounded the ‘keeper and slotted home in style to cap off a fine team goal. Francisco San Jose Justo grabbed a consolation goal for Aachen, only for Marwin Ailiesei to score less than 60 seconds later to keep FC just a point behind Dortmund at the top of the table.
Goals: 1:0 Philipp Wydra (2.), 2:0 Mikail Özkan (22.), 3:0 Justin Diehl (37.), 4:0 Vladislav Fadeev (39.), 5:0 Philipp Wydra (45., FE), 6:0 Justin Diehl (47.), 6:1 Francisco San Jose Justo (65.), 7:1 Marwin Ailiesei (66.)
FC Frauen were buoyed by their win over Bayer Leverkusen last weekend and were hoping to continue their upward trend of results ahead of a tricky trip to Sand. As expected, it was a tense affair and Willi Breuer’s side were holding their own for the majority of the half. Unfortunately, for FC, Michaela Brandenburg struck just before the break to give Sand the lead at half-time.
Any hopes of a strong start to the second period soon took a blow, too. Ricarda Schaber compounded things with a goal just three minutes after the restart. FC didn’t give up hope, however and Rachel Rinast scored her first goal since her return to the club in the summer to give new confidence to the team. However, there would be no late leveller as FC slipped back into the bottom two.
Goals: 1:0 Michaela Brandenburg (41.), 2:0 Ricarda Schaber (48.), 2:1 Rachel Rinast (71.)