The ‘Der Klassiker’ last night was a true spectacle, a perfect example of how derbies should be.
Thrilling, heated, and unfortunately a bit controversial too. Bayern came out victorious in the end after star man Robert Lewandowski scored a late penalty.
The penalty itself was heavily contested by both Dortmund players and managers, conceded via a Mats Hummels handball, the referee went to take assistance from VAR instantly and after a review awarded a penalty.
BVB manager Marco Rose was incensed at this decision as a similar incident involving Alphonso Davies earlier in the game was deemed to be not worthy of a review by referee Felix Zwayer.
Marco Rose did not shy away from voicing his dissent and was shown a second yellow card in the process, banishing him from the touchline.
The red card could have been avoided and an attempt was certainly made.
Shortly before seeing red, Rose’s assistant Rene Maric grabbed him away from the site of the alternation in a hilarious manner.
Maric essentially deadlifted the 6’2 foot German with relative ease and it’s a shame his efforts didn’t help avoid Rose’s expulsion from the dugout.
MARCO ROSE MY COACH pic.twitter.com/jzCDEj7wEU— samira (@haalaands) December 5, 2021
Dortmund’s vexation at the referee’s controversial calls continued long after the end of the game, with Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland offering scathing remarks for the German official.
The 3-2 victory gives Bayern breathing room at the top of the table, extending their lead over second-placed Dortmund to four points.