Borussia Dortmund 4-2 Atletico Madrid (Tot. 5-4): German team ahead of Champions League thriller

Borussia Dortmund last reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2013.

Borussia Dortmund reached their first Champions League semi-final in 11 years by staging a stunning second-half comeback to beat Atletico Madrid 5-4 on aggregate.

After losing the first leg 2-1 in Madrid, Dortmund quickly turned things around with Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen, on loan from Chelsea, both scoring from tight angles in the first half.

But Atletico Madrid made it 2-1 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate when Mario Hermoso’s header was deflected off Dortmund defender Mats Hummels shortly after the restart.

Angel Correa then gave Atletico Madrid a 4-3 aggregate lead when he rebounded from close range in the 64th minute.

But Dortmund equalized again in a thrilling second half when Niclas Fullkrug finished off Marcel Sabitzer’s cross with a looping header after 71 minutes.

And less than three minutes later, Sabitzer scored Dortmund’s winner with a drilled strike into the bottom corner to cap off a sublime quarter-final – and set up a semi-final against Paris St-Germain.

Maatsen “dreamed of it when he was a child”

Dortmund defender Maatsen, whose goal gave Dortmund a 3-2 aggregate lead, said he “had dreamed of (moments like this) when he was a child”.

“It’s such an incredible feeling,” he told CBS. “Especially now I scored a great goal and my first goal in the Champions League, so I’m very grateful and very happy.”

Maatsen, 22 years old, signed a contract extension with parent club Chelsea in January before joining Dortmund on loan until the end of the season.

The Dutchman was playing Championship football this time last year while on loan at Burnley.

“I always had the belief to play for Chelsea but unfortunately for some reasons it didn’t work out,” he added.

“But now that I’m here, I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I came here to experience the highest level and play my game and today I think I put in a very good performance.”

Dortmund rightly deserve to end 11-year absence

Dortmund had not reached the last four of the Champions League since finishing second in 2012-13.

This is only the fourth time that the German club has made it past the quarter-finals.

Their achievement is all the more remarkable given that they were 2-0 down in the first leg in Madrid and had disappeared at half-time.

But in Germany they were ruthless, starting brightly and almost taking the lead through Sabitzer, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked on the line by former Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

Atletico had their own golden opportunity early on, but striker Alvaro Morata diverted the ball off target as he passed through on goal.

And in the second period, Correa fired wide shortly before giving his team a 3-2 overall lead.

But it was Dortmund who finished stronger and could have added more but for two fine saves from Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to deny Fullkrug and Sabitzer late in the match.

Atletico have conceded four goals in a Champions League knockout match for the first time since losing 4-1 to rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 final. Diego Simeone’s side have now seven years without reaching the final four of the premier European competition.

Maatsen (left) scored Dortmund’s second goal in the 39th minute

Player of the match

SabitzeurMarcel Sabitzer

Borussia Dortmund

  1. Squad number20Player NameSabitzeur

  2. Squad number19Player NameBrandt

  3. Squad number11Player NameReus

  4. Squad number22Player NameMaatsen

  5. Squad number27Player NameAdeyemi

  6. Squad number14Player NameComplete mat

  7. Squad number43Player NameBynoe-Gittens

  8. Squad number23Player NameCan

  9. Squad number15Player NameHummels

  10. Squad number4Player NameSchlotterbeck

  11. Squad number26Player NameRyerson

  12. Squad number1Player NameKobel

  13. Squad number6Player NameOzcan

  14. Squad numbertenPlayer NameSancho

Atletico Madrid

  1. Squad number7Player NameGriezmann

  2. Squad numbertenPlayer NameCorrea

  3. Squad number3Player NameAzpilicueta

  4. Squad number19Player NameMorata

  5. Squad number5Player NameFrom Paul

  6. Squad number13Player NameOblak

  7. Squad number6Player NameKoke

  8. Squad number24Player NameNeighborhoods

  9. Squad number16Player NameMolina

  10. Squad number17Player NameRiquelme

  11. Squad number14Player NameMarcos Llorente

  12. Squad number8Player NameSaul

  13. Squad number22Player NameHermoso

  14. Squad number20Player NameWitsel

  15. Squad number2Player NameGiménez


B Dortmund

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kobel
  • 26RyersonBooked at 43 minutes
  • 15Hummels
  • 4Schlotterbeck
  • 22Maatsen
  • 20Sabitzeur
  • 23Can
  • tenSanchoReplaced byOzcanhas 86′minutes
  • 19BrandtReplaced byReushas 90′minutes
  • 27AdeyemiReplaced byBynoe-Gittenshas 66′minutes
  • 14Complete mat


  • 6Ozcan
  • 8Nmecha
  • 11Reus
  • 16Duranville
  • 17Wolf
  • 18Moukoko
  • 25Sule
  • 33Meyer
  • 35Lotka
  • 38Wätjen
  • 43Bynoe-Gittens

Atl Madrid

Training 3-5-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Witsel
  • 2Giménez
  • 22HermosoReserved at 45 minutes
  • 16MolinaReplaced byNeighborhoodshas 45′minutes
  • 14Llorente
  • 6Koke
  • 5From PaulReplaced bySaulhas 84′minutes
  • 3AzpilicuetaReserved at 30 minutesReplaced byRiquelmehas 45′minutes
  • 19MorataReplaced byCorreahas 45′minutes
  • 7Griezmann


  • 1Moldovan
  • 4Gabriel
  • 8Saul
  • tenCorrea
  • 15Savic
  • 17Riquelme
  • 18Vermeeren
  • 23Isnard Mandava
  • 24Neighborhoods
  • 31Gomis
  • 32Child

Slavko Vinčić


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