BVB in the Champions League: This time Atlético is too strong

BVB in the Champions League: This time Atlético is too strong
  • Borussia Dortmund loses against Atlético Madrid earned 2: 0.
  • Saúl Niguez and Antoine Griezmann meet for the team of Diego Simeone.
  • By the 4: 0 in the first leg of the BVB wins the direct comparison, which decides in case of equality.

For a long time, the high-flyers of Borussia Dortmund have resisted returning to the ground this season. Even on the approach to Madrid, the charter aircraft had started again on Monday in 600 meters altitude – but for the good reason that the runway was surprisingly occupied. Half an hour later, she sat up safely. And even the footballing return to the bottom of the facts with the first defeat in the 16th competitive match of this season has gone on Tuesday evening reasonably lenient. The BVB remains after the 0: 2 (0: 1) defeat at Atlético Madrid namely leaders of its Champions League group with further best chances to reach the knockout stages.

"You defended compactly, you have to act fast, we did not do that, there was too little movement in. If we have 70 percent possession, you have to get more to avoid counterattacks, but such a defeat can happen it's just a game ", analyzed BVB coach Lucien Favre after the match.

Nevertheless, the Borussia from Madrid hopeful for the Bundesliga top match returns Saturday night against Bayern Munich home in the words of the Atlético coach Diego Simeone in the ears: "Dortmund has excellent chances to win the Bundesliga."

Already for this expertise, the trip was worth 1500 kilometers away in Madrid, where two weeks earlier after the 4-0 first leg victory a vigorous revenge-minded Atlético team met. "They are certainly still angry," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc had previously suspected, and he was right. They did not snort a fire, but they let their hot breath feel the Dortmund immediately.

After 16 seconds, Saul Niguez tested BVB goalkeeper Roman Bürki, and after 70 seconds Juanfran left BVB left-back Achraf Hakimi very shaky, and five minutes later, Angel Correa saw Yellow because he was resentful of Hakimi. In the Estadio Metropolitano Borussia blew a stiff breeze in the face. Every minute, the Madrilenians tested the seams of the Dortmund chain of four, as if it were a permanent load test for the quality seal. Back then, Manuel Akanji and Ömer Toprak played as center-backs for the first time this season, as Abdou Diallo was injured and Dan-Axel Zagadou was spared on the bench.

"Save the children", was on the jerseys of the Madrilenians, but their care was no longer enough for the Dortmund Hakimi, who was often gefoult – whether it was because the good belongs to the local rivals Real and borrowed to Dortmund? Hakimi took it calmly and bravely joined in the offensive game, the Atlético BVB initially granted to have more space in their own attacks.

In the 33rd minute, they used the room with surgical precision. The up-and-coming left-back Filipe Luis brought the ball in sharply at the penalty spot, where Saul Niguez slammed him abruptly towards goal and Akanji could only fake it into his own net. The clock showed 21:34, when Dortmund in the fourth game and after 303 minutes allowed the first goal of this Champions League season. In the remaining twelve minutes of the first half played the now intoxicated hosts with the Bundesliga leaders such cat and mouse that the break of the Italian Daniele Orsato like a sedative worked. A Lukasz Piszczek stalemate against Saul Niguez would have given them a penalty just before the end of the game.

After the restart, the storm had calmed down. Behind their captain Antoine Griezmann, the hosts waited calmly because of the BVB attackers Paco Alcácer, Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic barely risk. They seemed unimaginative. After less than an hour, Raphael Guerreiro came for Pulisic. The Portuguese had scored two goals against Atlético two weeks ago and had the best chance to equalize in the 65th minute, but he headed home with a sharp cross from Alcácer.

This opportunity freed last powers, the Dortmund felt suddenly: you only need a single goal, and late goals are currently a Dortmund specialty. But the Madrilenians were now ten to his own penalty area, and so happened what had to happen: In the 80th Minute made Griezmann after a counterattack with the 2: 0 all clear.

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