‘What do you expect?’ Bellingham targets match official
Borussia Dortmund lost to holders Bayern Munich at Signal Iduna Park in another installment of Der Klassiker earlier this evening in a nail-biting 3-2 affair that saw the Bavarians extend their lead over Die Schwarzgelben in the table to four points, but England starlet Jude Bellingham did not mince words in the aftermath of the home defeat when he
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in another questionable performance from the referee.
BELLINGHAM: – You give a referee that has match fixed before, the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?
— Viaplay Fotball (@ViaplayFotball) December 4, 2021
Bellingham let fly in his post-match comments with Jan Aage Fjørtoft regarding the performance of Zwayer – a man who was suspected of match-fixing back in 2005 – given the seemingly one-sided calls that riddled Der Klassiker.
In particular, a questionable late handball decision against veteran center-back Mats Hummels allowed star Bayern man Robert Lewandowski to convert his effort from the spot which completed his brace on the night in another goalscoring display from the Polish international.
I have no words for Felix Zwayer at this point
— Lars Pollmann (@LarsPollmann) December 4, 2021
But at the other end, Dortmund was denied a penalty shout after Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies was seen on replay to block a cross in the area with his hand yet no call was given, as well as German international Marco Reus being pushed down in the box by Lucas Hernández, which also was not given. The questionable night from Zwayer incensed Dortmund boss Marco Rose, who eventually was given a second yellow card and removed from his technical area for words directed at Zwayer.
Dortmund stumble in chance to go top
Borussia Dortmund does not get many chances to leapfrog giants Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga these last few years after the Bavarian juggernauts have established an unbreakable stranglehold on the German top flight, but tonight was that night for Marco Rose’s men and they failed to deliver in front of the home support in the Ruhr valley.
Though the match provided a wonderful example of what the Bundesliga has to offer given the two headline clubs clashing in a five-goal thriller, the result stood as a difficult reminder that Dortmund remains behind their biggest domestic rival (apart from FC Schalke 04) and are not yet ready to ascend to the top.
Star striker Erling Haaland got himself on the scoresheet with a lovely curled effort inside the area to level the match at 2-2 after Bayern overcame an early 1-0 deficit after Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman canceled out Julian Brandt’s 5th-minute opener, but Julian Nagelsmann’s troops stood the test of time again and now take a four-point cushion into matchday 15 when they host Mainz 05 at the Allianz Arena while Dortmund goes down the road to newly-promoted VfL Bochum in a tricky away day.