Dortmund’s Title Hopes Dashed by Shock Loss to Schalke

By Daily Sports on April 28, 2019

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Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said he had given up hope of winning the Bundesliga title after a red card for Marco Reus and a Daniel Caligiuri double saw Dortmund lose 4-2 to Schalke in the Ruhr derby.

Reus was the first of two Dortmund players sent off in five second-half minutes as Schalke came from behind to hand Bayern Munich a golden opportunity to win their seventh straight league title.

League leaders Bayern can now pull four points clear at the top with three games to go with a win at relegation-threatened Nuremberg on Sunday.

Asked on Sky Germany whether the title race was over, Dortmund coach Favre said: “yes, of course”.

Dortmund took the lead in style on 14 minutes, Jadon Sancho setting up Mario Goetze with a splendid chip over Schalke's back line.

However Schalke drew level just two minutes later, Daniel Caligiuri converting a contested penalty after a handball decision against Julian Weigl.

Favre railed against the decision, saying that new regulations on handball were “the biggest scandal in football”.

“Football is making itself a laughing stock,” said the usually reserved Swiss.

“What do they want players to do, cut their arms off?”

“The people who invented these rules, I don't know how they look at themselves in the mirror.”

Two minutes later the visitors sent the Signal-Iduna-Park into shock as Salif Sane rose at a corner to put Schalke ahead.

Double disaster struck for Dortmund on the hour mark when captain Marco Reus was sent off for a studs-up challenge on Suat Serdar and Caligiuri curled the resulting free-kick into the top corner.

Marius Wolf then became the second Dortmund player sent off, once again for a reckless challenge on Serdar.

Axel Witsel pulled one back for Dortmund with five minutes remaining, but their hopes were crushed a moment later when Breel Embolo fired in Schalke's fourth. (Supersport)

•Photo shows Schalke 04 players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 28, 2019


 

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