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Man United cult hero with unique goal as Dortmund edge Schalke in thrilling derby

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his superb goal-scoring streak while Matthias Ginter was also on the mark.

Image: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

SHINJI KAGAWA DOESN’T score headed goals too often but which is rare is wonderful and so it proved for him and Borussia Dortmund earlier today.

In the intense atmosphere of the Ruhr derby against rivals Schalke, the former Manchester United midfielder opened the scoring after Matthias Ginter lofted a perfect cross into the area for the Japanese international to power to the net.

“I was surprised myself, I didn’t expect to score with my head”, he said afterwards.

But in what was a rip-roaring encounter, Dortmund were pegged back just three minutes later when Klass Jan-Huntelaar was teed up by local product Leroy Sane.

Still, the hosts went to the break in front when the impressive Ginter got on the end of Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner with another header.

And within minutes of the restart, Dortmund extended their lead when the unstoppable Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 3-1 with his 14th top-flight goal of the season and 24th in all competitions.

Huntelaar made it interesting when he grabbed his second with less than twenty minutes left but Dortmund did enough and continue their excellent debut season under Thomas Tuchel with only a couple of costly results earlier in the campaign blotting their copybook.

Germany Soccer Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals his Batman top after scoring Borussia Dortmund's third goal against Schalke. The caption reads 'Do you remember?' - a reference to when he and injured team-mate Marco Reus celebrated as the superhero and his sidekick Robin during the derby game back in March. Source: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

Dortmund were without the in-form Marco Reus due to injury and Aubameyang was quick to remember his friend after the game.

“We put in a very good performance, and we deserved to win in the end. I’m very happy that I scored. Going 3-1 up did us a lot of good, but it didn’t decide the game. I’m dedicating my goal to Marco.”

Dortmund have now scored 71 goals this season in all competitions but still trail Bayern Munich by five points in the Bundesliga table.

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