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Dortmund Reach Semis After Thrilling 4-2 Win Over Atlético Madrid

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Football

April 17th, 2024

Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Atlético Madrid on Tuesday night. The win secures a 5-4 aggregate triumph after losing the first leg 2-1 in Madrid.

Dortmund Overcome Early Deficit from Atlético

Facing an uphill battle, Dortmund started strong. Julian Brandt opened the scoring in the 34th minute, cancelling out Atlético's aggregate lead. Marcel Sabitzer then orchestrated a quickfire double before the break, setting up Ian Maatsen for a fine finish before the half-hour mark.

Atlético responded with a tactical shift at half-time, introducing three substitutes who made a significant impact. Mats Hummels' unfortunate own goal and a strike from substitute Joaquín Correa restored Atlético's aggregate advantage.

Sabitzer Shines as Dortmund Seal the Win

However, Dortmund refused to be beaten. Sabitzer continued to pull the strings for the German side, setting up Niclas Füllkrug for his first goal in nine games before netting himself three minutes later. This dramatic turnaround sent the Signal Iduna Park crowd into raptures.

"That was a rollercoaster, a really great evening," said Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. This victory marks their first Champions League semi-final appearance since 2013, where they will face familiar foes Paris Saint-Germain.

The Champions League  final will be played in London on June 1st, a city that holds mixed memories for Dortmund fans. It was there that they lost the 2013 final to bitter rivals Bayern Munich. This time, they'll be hoping to go one step further.

Dortmund's Unbeaten Home Run Continues

This win extends Dortmund's unbeaten run at home in the Champions League to a remarkable 10 games. The Yellow Wall once again played a crucial role in driving their team on to victory.

Atlético coach Diego Simeone blamed his team's elimination on wasted opportunities in the first leg, where they failed to capitalize on their dominance. He acknowledged Dortmund's superiority in the second leg, praising their fighting spirit.

This match showcased the magic of the Champions League, with twists and turns throughout. Dortmund's never-say-die attitude and Sabitzer's masterful performance proved decisive in securing their place in the coveted semi-finals.

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