Gonzalo Higuaín has ruined Borussia Dortmund’s day, but if you were to ask Jurgen Klopp about his team’s early Champions League fortunes, Pedro Proença would surely be near the top of the BVB coach’s hate list, the match official having reduced last year’s finalists to 10 just before half time.
Higuaín had already given Napoli a 29th minute lead when he a ball lofted over a high line in the irst minute of stoppage time put the Argentine international in on goal. BVB goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller came charging off his line and out of the 18-yard box to challenge, but jumping in the air to block a ball Higuain tried to chip around him, Weidenfeller appeared to handle the ball with his left hand. The resulting straight red reduced Dortmund to 10.
With Weidenfeller’s left knee close to his hand, it wasn’t clear at full speed whether the keeper had illegally handled the ball. But it was before that incident, when the officials kept an injury Neven Subotic off for a prolonged period of time, that caused Klopp went off on fourth official Venâncio Tomé:
Suffice to say, Klopp will be watching the rest of this one from the stands, leaving his team down a goal, a player, and a head coach. Against a Rafa Benitez-led side, expect the rest of this one to play out in a controlled, predictable fashion.