RECAP: WEEKEND GERMAN ACTION
Weston McKennie and Schalke came out on top in the Revierderby over Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund while Jann George bagged two goals for Jahn Regensburg.
Schalke 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Goals from Evgeni Konoplyanka and Naldo helped Schalke claim the bragging rights over rivals Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins Arena.
McKennie would come off the bench for the Royal Blues while Pulisic was in the starting lineup for BVB in the highly-charged contest.
The host came out in attack mode early and nearly took the lead in the fifth minute when Alessandro Schopf decided to test goalkeeper Roman Burki with a long-range strike, but the Swiss international did well to parry the ball away from danger.
BVB had their chance in the 24th minute when Marco Reus' free kick was goal bound only for Ralf Fahrmann to make a good save himself to keep the game scoreless.
However, Schalke would finally end the deadlock in the 50th minute when Daniel Caligiuri fed the ball to Konoplyanka and he blasted shot past Burki to send the fans into pandemonium.
Naldo put the game out of reach in the 82nd minute when put away a blistering free kick from distance that left Burki rooted to his spot.
The win gives Schalke a bit of breathing space as the fight for the last three Champions League places reaches the home stretch.
Schalke sits in second place with 55 points while Dortmund drops to fourth with 51 points.
Greuther Furth 1-2 Jahn Regensburg
George came off the bench to bag a brace for Jahn Regensburg in their narrow win over Greuther Furth at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer to keep them in the hunt for promotion.
Julian started for Greuther Furth in the loss as they try to put some distance between themselves and other teams in the relegation battle at the other end of the 2. Bundesliga standings.
George would enter the game for the visitors at the start of the second half and made his presence known immediately as he scored his first two minutes into the restart. Joshua Mees made a run into the area from the left and saw the German-American forward making a late run towards the edge of the area when his pass found him and George's shot beat goalkeeper Sascha Burchert.
Regensburg doubled their lead in the 84th minute when Jonas Nietfeld's cross from the left found an unmarked George in the area and his well-taken volley was too much for Burchert to stop.
The visitors did have a scare in the 87th minute when Alexander Nandzik put the ball in his own net following a mix up with goalkeeper Philipp Pentke to allow Furth to cut the deficit.
Jahn Regensburg sits in fourth place in the 2. Bundesliga standings with 44 points, five points out of third, while Greuther Furth sits in 14th place with 37 points.
Timmy Chandler came off the bench as Eintracht Frankfurt's Champions League pursuit took a dent following a humiliating 4-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Terrence Boyd started for Darmstadt in their 1-1 tie with Eintracht Braunschweig.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for Heidenheim while Jerome Kiesewetter watched from the bench for leaders Fortuna Dusseldorf in their 3-1 loss.
Alfredo Morales watched from the bench for Ingolstadt in their 1-1 tie with Nurnberg.
Andrew Wooten watched from the bench for Sandhausen in their 2-0 win over MSV Duisburg.
In the 3. Liga, Mario Rodriguez started for Sonnenhof Gro▀aspach while Isiah Young came off the bench for Werder Bremen II as both teams settled for a 2-2 tie.
Robert Kristo came off the bench for Osnabruck as they were beaten 5-0 by league leaders Paderborn.