Lucien Favre wasn’t the least bit impressed by the referee’s penalty call as nine-man Borussia Dortmund fell to a costly 4-2 defeat to Schalke 04.
Jadon Sancho’s cross enabled Mario Gotze to put Dortmund into a 14-minute lead at Signal Iduna Park. It appeared to set them on route to a comfortable victory and, in the process, take spot in the Bundesliga.
However, Dortmund’s good work was soon undone when the referee awarded Schalke a penalty after a handball in the area. Daniel Caligiuri stepped up to put away the spot-kick. Salif Sane later gave Schalke the lead heading into the break
Dortmund were then reduced to nine men in the second half following Marco Reus and Marius Wolf’s red cards.
BVB’s problems only got worse as the game continued as Caligiuri scored yet again to put Schalke 3-1 up. Axel Witsel had got one back for the hosts, but Breel Embolo’s late strike ensured them of defeat.
Now Dortmund must pray that Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, ideally, lose to Nuremberg on Sunday or they could find themselves trailing them by four points ahead of the final three games of the season.
“That’s extremely hard to take, above all given the way we played. We started really well, showed a lot of patience and scored a fantastic goal,” said Favre on the club’s website.
“Then five minutes later it’s up to the referee to have a look at a handball. Anyone who applies the handball rule like that doesn’t understand football. It’s an absolute disgrace.”
Reus, who was sent-off in the 60th-minute, said: ”We don’t need to talk about whether or not it was a red card.
“I didn’t want to do my opponent any harm, I just arrived a bit late and ended up catching him. If we don’t win our matches then it’s going to be hard to catch Bayern.”
During the match, Sancho was hit in the face by a lighter from the crowd while celebrating Dortmund’s opener.
However, the rumoured Real Madrid target was unharmed and able to continue afterwards.