Decisive Sabitzer, the “Yellow Wall” awaits PSG, Griezmann too timid… The tops and the flops

By Martin Kennel

Published 3 minutes ago, Updated now

Marcel Sabitzer stood out in this meeting, unlike Antoine Griezmann Imago / Panoramic / IMAGO/Revierfoto / Proshots / Panoramic / Erik Pasman

Borussia Dortmund qualified for the fifth semi-final in its history after a crazy match against Atlético Madrid, winning 4-2. Find the tops and flops of this meeting.


Sabitzer decisive on several occasions

The Austrian was responsible for the first spark of the match. In the fourth minute, Sabitzer had the opportunity to open the scoring, but that was without taking into account the excellent defensive return from Azpilicueta. The midfielder then distinguished himself with two assists, including a magnificent cross for the head of Fullkrug for the 3-2 goal. The apotheosis came in the 74th minute when the former Bayern player struck with the left to deceive Oblak and offer qualification to BVB.

BVB central defense impresses

Dortmund conceded two goals and Matts Hummels scored an own goal. And yet. The two men in central defense, Hummels and Schlotterbeck, put in a solid performance. On the defensive side, the two defenders made a number of saving interventions. But above all, the two Germans were the launching pad for the Yellow and Black offensives. With 110 balls touched for Schlotterbeck and 93 for Hummels, the two highest totals of the match, both players impressed with their quality of short and long games. Perfect illustration with a sublime pass from the outside of the right foot from Matts Hummels for the first goal of the game.

Match XXL de Matts Hummels malgré son but contre son camp. Thilo Schmuelgen / REUTERS

The lively atmosphere of Signal Iduna Park

What an absolutely incredible stadium. Defeated 2-1 in the first leg, BVB needed the support of their public to qualify. And the spectators held their line. Despite a few minutes of hesitation after Madrid’s goals, Signal Iduna Park was decisive in this part, playing his role of twelfth man perfectly. A crazy atmosphere that PSG will have to face again during the semi-final first leg on April 30 or May 1.


Antoine Griezmann too discreet

End of the journey for Antoine Griezmann and his teammates this evening. In the first leg, the Colchoneros were offensive in the first act. This was not really the case in the return match. Despite a good impact on the second balls, Antoine Griezmann failed to influence his team’s rare offensive play. Even in the two goals scored, he was not involved.

Atlético’s starting pistons in difficulty

It was a bad evening for the starting pistons of Atlético de Madrid. Azpilicueta, however, distinguished himself with an exceptional save at the feet of Sabitzer in the 4th minute. Subsequently, the defender was shown a yellow card after a nasty tackle on Adeyemi and his attacking presence was almost non-existent. On the other side of the field, Molina suffered greatly against the attacks of Sancho and Maatsen. In the first half, Dortmund’s two goals came from their side. Both pistons were replaced during the break.


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