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Marseille denied clear penalty, claims Khalifa

Created on Oct. 02, 2013 11:34 AM EST

Saber Khalifa bemoaned the failure to award him an early penalty in Marseille's UEFA Champions League loss to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Khalifa was sent tumbling in the penalty area in just the ninth minute by young defender Erik Durm - on his European debut - but referee David Fernandez Borbalan turned down appeals from the French side.

Dortmund went on to seal a comfortable 3-0 win courtesy of Robert Lewandowski's double and a further effort from Marco Reus.

But Khalifa is in no doubt that he should have been awarded a spot-kick, which could have resulted in a much different scoreline.

"There is a foul and this is the last defender," the Tunisia international told L'Equipe. "So it should be a penalty. But it is not whistled, it's like that.

"It is hard against the big teams."

Defender Benjamin Mendy bemoaned Dortmund's ability to kick on in the second half and take the game away from Elie Baup's side.

"In the first period it was a good," he added. "Later, in the second, they played well.

"They were aggressive and they left spaces. But it's difficult to exploit because they attack quickly."

Marseille now sit bottom of Group F after two games and face back-to-back meetings with Napoli, which Khalifa is determined to win in order to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds alive.

He said: "We must win to stay in contact.

"This is not finished even if it seems difficult. I hope that we will succeed in securing suitable results."

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