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Signal Iduna Park (ATT 77,600) 25th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: F Meyer

B Dortmund Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke Schalke

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke finishes goalless

Last Updated: 25/03/14 9:32pm

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke applaudes his team's fans after the draw

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke applaudes his team's fans after the draw

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke shared the spoils after a 0-0 draw in the 144th Revierderby.

Pride and second place in the table were up for grabs as both teams sought to finish on the front-foot - but neither could find a breakthrough.

The start was end-to-end and played at a ferocious tempo, which suited the youthfulness of the Royal Blues - who were looking to pressure a Dortmund side running on empty in recent months.

Erik Durm has proven to be an able deputy for Marcel Schmelzer and the left-back showed similar attacking determination to the German international, crossing for Robert Lewandowski on six minutes - but the Pole headed over.

Another header from Sebastian Kehl, who signed an extra 12-month extension at Dortmund this week, was the closest as the home side came in the first 15 minutes.

Boasting a diverse group of young and older players, Jens Keller could be forgiven having a little bit of doubt going into such an intensive environment.

But he was not let down with Kaan Ayhan making a last-ditch challenge to prevent Lewandowski scoring on 34 minutes.

Reus fired wide four minutes later, before Ralf Fahrmann proved his worth again with a solid stop from the left-sided Dortmund forward on the stroke of half-time.

Although Jurgen Klopp's men had the upper-hand after the interval, the best chance fell to their rivals on 59 minutes.

Roman Neustadter was left completely unmarked from Julian Draxler's set-piece and he headed straight at Roman Weidenfeller from just outside the six-yard box.

Fahrmann has strong credentials to be Schalke's player of the season and he was a rock under pressure again, making back-to-back stops as Dortmund built forward momentum.

First, he produced a fingertip save to deny Lewandowski's header and then, with 20 minutes remaining, defending stubbornly as the Polish striker looked to take the ball round him one-on-one.

It was poor Dortmund finishing next time as Henrikh Mkhitaryan passed up the best chance of the match, shooting wide in the 73rd minute as the home side's patchy league form continued.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 79
2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31

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