GGFN Advent Calendar | Day 19 – Jens Lehmann’s Revierderby Anniversary

Welcome back to the Get German Football News advent calendar. As the countdown to Christmas continues, so does our festive fun on day eighteen, as we remember December 19, 1997, the day Jens Lehmann became a legend of the Revierderby.

The Revierderby truly is the Mother of all Derbies, and when Schalke and Borussia Dortmund face off, there is quite simply nothing else like it. However, in recent years, the Black and Yellow half of the rivalry have enjoyed the majority of the fun, with Schalke all too often finding themselves in the 2. Bundesliga or fighting relegation in Germany’s top flight. Regardless, the Royal Blues can at least boast a better head-to-head record between the two sides.

Regardless, this is not about winning; this is about Jens Lehmann. While the German shot-stopper can also claim to have represented both sides of this derby, it is what he achieved on December 19, 1997, that will forever be remembered.

With the sides facing off at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, it would be the hosts to take an early lead. Despite Denis Klyuev levelling the score, with ten minutes left, Andreas Möller would restore Dortmund’s advantage.

As the game drifted into injury time, Schalke’s hopes appeared to be fading. Nevertheless, a late corner offered Die Königsblauen one final chance to snatch a late equaliser. 

A whipped ball into the box found Thomas Linke, whose flick found the anticipating Lehmann at the back post. His header flew into the roof of the net, and the Schalke goalkeeper instantly wrote his name into Revierderby folklore.

GGFN | Will Shopland

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