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Stevens sees red over penalty

9 March 2012 02:00

Schalke coach Huub Stevens criticised the decision to award Twente a penalty as his team went down 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

The penalty consigned the Bundesliga side to defeat against their Eredivisie opponents in the round-of-16 first leg at De Grolsch Veste.

Netherlands international Luuk de Jong netted the winning goal from the spot after he was deemed to have been fouled by Joel Matip.

Cameroon international Matip received his marching orders for the alleged foul, leaving Schalke a man down for 30 minutes of the match.

And the questionable decision of Scottish referee Craig Thomson incurred the wrath of the Schalke hierarchy.

"That was just ridiculous," Stevens said.

"I'm just so angry."

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt echoed the sentiments of his head coach.

"Everyone can see that he (De Jong) fell over his own legs," Heldt said.

"This is a complete disaster. But at least we still have a chance in the second leg."

Schalke host Twente in the return fixture at the Veltins-Arena on Thursday, with a place in the last eight of the competition up for grabs.

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1 - 0

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
8 March 2012
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
De Grolsch Veste (Enschede)
Attendance
30000

Goals

L. de Jong (PG) 61'  
1 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
34 89'
22
23
14
32 60'
13
19
10
12
7
8
Coach: H. Stevens

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
31
3 90+1'
28
6
11
18
33

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