"He should have stayed on his feet" - Edin Terzic laments Mats Hummels' red card against RB Leipzig

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Edin Terzic wasn't happy with Mats Hummels for his decision to commit the last-ditch foul that saw him get sent off against RB Leipzig.

Borussia Dortmund put in a resilient performance but it wasn't enough as they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to RB Leipzig on Saturday. The match-defining moment occurred in the 15th minute as Mats Hummels was sent off for his lunging tackle on Loïs Openda.

The challenge of playing with ten men was too much to cope with for Borussia Dortmund in the end, as RB Leipzig managed to claim the three points. Edin Terzic was pleased with the fight his team showed, but felt that Hummels simply didn't need to take such a big risk at that stage of the game. The BVB head coach added that going a goal down would have been the more acceptable outcome than having a player sent off.

"Mats [Hummels] knows that he made the mistake. He shouldn't have gone down there. Not in that situation, in that minute of the game. When you're in the 75th, 80th minute, you can take that kind of risk, but not that early. He should have stayed on his feet. At that stage, it might have been better for us to concede the goal and at least continue playing with eleven players."

Mats Hummels also apologised for his sending off and praised his teammates for the fight they showed to stay in the game until the very end. "A big compliment to the fans and the team for their courage today. The defeat was my fault, I should not have gone down for a sliding tackle and left the boys on the pitch with one man less for 80 minutes," Hummels said on Twitter.

The veteran centre-back now faces a suspension in the Bundesliga and will be unavailable for next weekend's trip to FC Augsburg.

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