No wonder Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic was furious. A late winner ruled offside, penalties not given and Dortmund’s Bundesliga title hopes were dealt a blow at local rivals Bochum in a 1-1 draw on Friday.
Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann helped gain his team an important point in their battle against relegation, but Dortmund missed the chance to build a four-point lead before Bayern Munich play on Sunday.
Bayern can reclaim the lead with four games remaining if they beat last-placed Hertha Berlin in Munich.
Dortmund had 22 efforts at goal, but Terzic was also ruing two penalty decisions that didn’t go his team’s way in the second half.
“It’s a one-off chance for us to be so close to the title, and then you have such decisions,” Terzic said.
The first occurred in the 65th minute when the already-booked Danilo Soares plowed into Karim Adeyemi from behind and brought the Dortmund forward down without touching the ball. Referee Sascha Stegemann allowed play to continue and apparently received no indication he should do otherwise from his video assistant.
Bochum captain Anthony Losilla acknowledged his team was fortunate. Losilla shocked Dortmund when he scored in the fifth minute. But Adeyemi replied less than two minutes later.