Atletico Madrid dominated Borussia Dortmund to win 2-0 in the Group A Champions League match on Tuesday, demanding some revenge for the heavy loss last month in Germany and breaking the unbeaten run of their opponents this season.
Saul Niguez threw the guests in front of the 33rd minute and Antoine Griezmann added another at the 80th in a one-sided match that ended Dortmund's undefeated run in all the matches since the start of the season. The Germans, who had almost 65% failed to score just one goal in the whole match and had just two attempts outside the target. "We really wanted to give them a game after they pounded us in Germany," Griezmann World Cup winner told reporters.
"I learned from our mistakes and gave a much better picture than we did tonight, we had major players injured but the team has responded." The result dropped the Atletico to nine points, level with the leaders of Dortmund, with two games remaining in the group stage. Bulgaria's Bruges, Belgium, is third in four points after winning AS Monaco 4-0 earlier on Tuesday, with the top two at the knockout stage.
Dortmund, who faces Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, was on the back from the start with Diego Simeon's team, eager to restore the 4-0 defeat to Dortmund last month. Dermond chose to defend the numbers and not to attack, but the Atletico revolution came when Shoule shot to complete a quick move that had split the German defense.
Dortmund, the last German team to win a Champions League match in Atletico in the 1996-97 season, was embarrassed, and Saul was close to a second goal in the 41st minute, sparking wide-ranging. Burkki rescued Dortmund twice more before visitors were saved by the half-hearted whistle. The Swiss then denied Correa again before Dortmund had a rare chance of their own with the headline Raphael Guerreiro heading.
Atletico captain Griezmann put the result beyond any doubt when he broke free, loading the box and pushing the ball over Buerki to seal the victory in his 50th appearance in the Champions League. "Atletico did it very well, waiting for us and we just missed the ball too often and then it is very difficult against such a team," said Dortmund coach Lucien Fabre, "having so much possession, this is positive, but we need to do more with this.