Dortmund - Manchester C

Europe: Champions League
Dortmund J. Bellingham (15)
Manchester C R. Mahrez (Pen. 55), P. Foden (75)

Terzic and Can contest penalty decision, Reus more stolid after loss

By Peter Vice

Predictably enough, Dortmund midfielder Emré Can and head-coach Edin Terzic made their grievances known after the 1-2 loss that saw them eliminated from the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League. 

Marco Reus took a more stoic stance on the 52nd-minute penalty call. 

Edin Terzic.
Edin Terzic.

Another Game. Another piece of controversial refereeing. Eight days after Jude Bellingham's goal was disallowed because of a highly subjective foul, the BVB footballers were gifted another topic to stew over. Just like last week, there were post-match complaints.

"What I just don't understand is that we have refereeing training every year," trainer Edin Terzic groused after the full-time whistle, "Then we were told that if you head the ball onto your own hand, it's not considered against the rules. We haven't been lucky with refereeing decisions in the past seven days."

Emré Can once again found himself at the center of it all. Instead of being booked for dissent this time, he had to grapple with being the player who conceded the handball penalty that completely altered the complexion of the match. The BVB went from heading through to the semis to at best facing extra time after Riyad Mahrez converted from the spot in the 55th.

"I think in the rules it says that it's not a penalty," Can mused into the Sky microphone afterwards, "It's bitter. It hurts."

What both coach player conveniently neglected to mention was that, subjectively speaking, Can's hand could have been deemed to be in an unnaturally splayed position when he headed the ball onto it.

Reporters questioning Marco Reus asked if he took umbrage at the wild gesticulating protests from the City bench that may have had some influence on match official Carlos del Cerro Grande pointing to the spot.

"If one is honest, if it had happened like that on the other side, we would have protested loudly too," the veteran remarked stoically.

Social media posts after the match were mostly cordial. German international Ilkay Gündogan spoke of his pleasure at playing at Signal Iduna Park again and added his best wishes for the favored BVB to triumph in this year's domestic cup.

35Marwin Hitz
2Mateu Morey ↩81
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels
13Raphaël Guerreiro
22Jude Bellingham ↩80
23Emre Can
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↩75
36Ansgar Knauff ↩68
9Erling Håland
11Marco Reus (C)
1Roman Bürki
40Stefan Drljača
27Steffen Tigges ↪81
14Nico Schulz
26Łukasz Piszczek
10Thorgan Hazard ↪75
19Julian Brandt ↪80
24Thomas Meunier
30Felix Passlack
32Giovanni Reyna ↪68
37Tobias Raschl
Manchester C
2Kyle Walker
5John Stones
3Rúben Dias
11Oleksandr Zinchenko
20Bernardo Silva
16Rodri Hernández
8İlkay Gündoğan
26Riyad Mahrez ↩88
17Kevin De Bruyne (C)
47Philip Foden
13Zack Steffen
85James Trafford
7Raheem Sterling ↪88
9Gabriel Jesus
21Ferrán Torres
6Nathan Aké
14Aymeric Laporte
22Benjamin Mendy
27João Cancelo
50Eric García

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