Lucien Favre said he has given up hope of winning the Bundesliga title after a red card for Macro Reus and Daniel Caligiuri double saw Dortmund lose 4-2 to Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Reus was the first player that was sent off in five second-half minutes as their opposition came from behind to hand Baryern Munich a golden opportunity to win their seventh straight League title.

The League leaders Baryern can now pull 4 points clear at the top to win the three games. Asked on Sky Germany whether the title race was over Dortmund coach Favres said “yes, of course”.

Dortmund took the lead in style on 14 minutes later, Daniel Caligiuri converting a contested penalty after a handball decision against Julian Weigl.

Favre railed against the decision saying that the new regulations in handball were “the biggest scandals in football, football is making itself a laughing stock, what do they want players to do, cut off 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-Pack into shock as Salif Sane rose at a corner to put Schalke ahead. Double disaster struck for Dortmund on the hour mark when captain Macro 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 Wisel pulled one back for Dortmund with five minutes remaining, but put their hopes were crushed a moment later when Breel Embolo Fired in Schalke’s fourth.

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