They battle for the ninetieth time. Thanks to a hairy work of art Dortmund will win, believes Thomas Berthold. But then there is Austrian striker Guido Burgstaller, who will give this match the traditional flavour of intensity.
Senior executives with Ruhr district rivals Dortmund and Schalke have both spoken out against the idea of playing Bundesliga matches abroad. This comes with Spain's La Liga aiming to stage a league game in Miami.
Schalke were hoping to find some inspiration in Europe's top club competition, and although they didn't win there was good reason to be satisfied. Their opponents, Porto, were awarded two penalties in Gelsenkirchen.
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to score the winning goal as Borussia Dortmund got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start. But the lucky goal papers over the cracks of a poor Dortmund performance.
Schalke's poor start to the season has taken another turn for the worse after they were beaten by Borussia Mönchengladbach. Elsewhere, it was a mixed matchday for Corentin Tolisso and Stuttgart finally got off the mark.
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