Schalke go four clear of Dortmund

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Second-half goals from Yevhen Konoplyanka and Naldo secured victory for the Royal Blues, who bounced back from a 3-2 defeat at struggling Hamburg last weekend to open up a four-point gap on third-placed Dortmund.

With four games to play, qualification for next season's Champions League is by no means a given, and Reus revealed that only the end goal - qualifying for the competition - and not the means is what counts now.

Even some of the Dortmund faithful couldn't hide their appreciation.

The Belgium worldwide has scored nine goals in 13 appearances, as Dortmund sit fourth in the Bundesliga table with four games of the season remaining. Bayer Leverkusen and the under-fire Dortmund round out the top four, four points behind today's victors.

The loss for Dortmund sees them drop to fourth place on the table.

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"We made individual mistakes", Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger said after his second defeat in 15 games. "Everyone knew we could devour any opponent on a good day".

Dortmund looked labored as it sought a response against the home side's well-organized defense, and Naldo settled the result late with an indirect free kick.

Joining on loan at the end of January, Chelsea striker Michy Batsuayi had been enjoying the life at Borussia Dortmund.

The local Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper reported the Belgian striker, who is on loan from Chelsea, is suspected to have suffered a lower-leg fracture.

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