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Reus and Wolf sent off as Dortmund suffer derby defeat

By Rune Gjerulff

Marco Reus and Marius Wolf saw red as Borussia Dortmund fell to a 2-4 defeat against local rivals Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park.

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Borussia Dortmund's title hopes suffered a heavy blow as Lucien Favre's troops fell to a 2-4 defeat in the Revierderby against Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park today.

BVB ended the game with just nine players on the pitch after both captain Marco Reus and Marius Wolf were shown straight red cards during the second half.

Things actually started according to plan for Dortmund who took the lead after 14 minutes when Mario Götze took advantage of a great pass from Jadon Sancho.

But Schalke equalized just four minutes later after they were awarded a penalty via VAR review, with Daniel Caligiuri converting from the spot.

Midway through the first half, Salif Sané sent the guests ahead, thumping a header past Roman Bürki following a corner.

After the break, Dortmund's hopes of bouncing back suffered a blow when Marco Reus was sent off for a tackle from behind on Suat Serdar with 60 minutes on the clock.

And things got from bad to worse for the hosts. Daniel Caligiuri smashed the subsequent free-kick past Roman Bürki to make it 3-1, and a few minutes later, BVB were reduced to nine men as Marius Wolf was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge.

Axel Witsel got a goal back for Dortmund with 85 minutes played, but Breel Embolo was quick to kill the excitement as he made it 4-2 to Schalke shortly after.

The result means that Bayern München could go four point clear of Dortmund at the top of the table if the Bavarians manage to beat Nürnberg on Sunday.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, 15th-placed Schalke took a big step towards securing their Bundesliga status.

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