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UCL: Real Madrid defeats Man City, the reigning champions

Apr 18, 2024 | Sports | 0 comments

Borussia Dortmund staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Atletico Madrid 4-2 in their quarter-final second leg on Tuesday, securing a 5-4 aggregate victory and advancing to their first Champions League semi-final since 2013.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Dortmund surged ahead with goals from Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen, giving them a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone made three halftime substitutions, including bringing on Angel Correa, whose energy made an immediate impact. Mats Hummels conceded a poor own goal, followed by a goal from Correa, putting Atletico back in the lead in the tie.

However, Dortmund rallied, with Niclas Fuellkrug and Marcel Sabitzer scoring in a three-minute blitz to secure the Bundesliga club’s victory.

Former champions Dortmund, currently fifth in the German league and fighting for a spot in next season’s Champions League, will face Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals for a chance to reach the final at Wembley on June 1.

The home side had early opportunities to level the tie, but both sides missed chances in the opening minutes. Dortmund eventually broke the deadlock with Brandt’s goal, followed by Maatsen’s strike, giving them the lead.

Atletico’s second-half resurgence, marked by Hummels’ own goal and Correa’s equalizer, put Dortmund’s qualification in jeopardy. However, Fuellkrug and Sabitzer’s goals turned the tide in Dortmund’s favour, securing their place in the semi-finals.

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