Rakitic strike downs Dortmund

BY foxsports • February 26, 2010

Ivan Rakitic curled home a glorious late winner as Schalke kept the heat on the Bundesliga's top two with victory over Borussia Dortmund in the 135th Revier derby on Friday night.

The Croatian struck in the 83rd minute to complete the hosts' comeback after Benedikt Howedes had cancelled out Nuri Sahin's penalty two minutes after the break.

The win lifted Felix Magath's side to within one point of joint leaders Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich.

Kevin Kuranyi headed over the bar from Rakitic's cross in the third minute as Schalke carved out the game's first chance.

Sahin's shot was saved easily by Manuel Neuer at the other end before Bordon tested Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller from outside the area.

Bordon threatened again in the 27th minute as his header from another Rakitic delivery was cleared off the line by Mohammed Zidan.

Sahin fired another effort wide of the right post three minutes before half-time - and two minutes afterwards he put the visitors in front.

Rakitic brought down Nelson Valdez just inside the area and Sahin was composure personified from the spot, placing his penalty high to Neuer's right as the keeper dived left.

The Royal Blues knew a second straight defeat would be a major blow to their title aspirations, and were back in the contest in the 66th minute.

Lukas Schmitz's free-kick from the right was headed into the near bottom corner from just outside the six-yard box by Benedikt Howedes.

Jefferson Farfan fired over and Kuranyi was denied a clear chance by a timely clearance from Neven Subotic as the hosts looked for a winner.

And it came courtesy of a moment of individual brilliance in the 83rd minute.

Edu Goncalves showed strength to win the ball and backheel it to Rakitic, who was just behind him to his left.

And the Croatian placed an instant right-footed shot perfectly beyond the despairing dive of Weidenfeller and into the far top corner.


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