Borussia Dortmund Reach Champions League Semifinals with Thrilling Win Over Atlético Madrid

Borussia Dortmund stage thrilling comeback to beat Atlético Madrid 5-4 on aggregate, securing their first Champions League semifinal appearance since 2013. Dortmund will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the semis.

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Borussia Dortmund Reach Champions League Semifinals with Thrilling Win Over Atlético Madrid

Borussia Dortmund Reach Champions League Semifinals with Thrilling Win Over Atlético Madrid

Borussia Dortmund staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Atlético Madrid 4-2 in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie on April 16, 2024, at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany. The victory secured Dortmund's place in the Champions League semifinals with a 5-4 aggregate win.

Dortmund entered the match trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid but quickly turned things around with goals from Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen in the first half. Atlético equalized early in the second half through an own goal from Mats Hummels and a strike from Ángel Correa, briefly taking the lead on aggregate.

However, Dortmund fought back with late goals from Niclas Füllkrug and Marcel Sabitzer to complete the comeback and clinch the tie. Sabitzer's goal, Dortmund's fourth on the night, secured their semifinal berth.

Why this matters: Borussia Dortmund's thrilling victory over Atlético Madrid marks their first appearance in the Champions League semifinals since 2013. The German club's resilience and attacking prowess have made them a force to be reckoned with in this year's competition.

Dortmund coach Edin Terzić praised his team's performance, expressing his satisfaction in their ability to overcome a strong Atlético side. "The match was pure chaos, pure theatre," Terzić said. "We showed great heart to come back and win the tie."

Dortmund will now face Paris Saint-Germain in the semifinals, with the first leg set to take place in Dortmund. Füllkrug and Terzić acknowledged that the tie against PSG will present a different challenge compared to their group stage meetings earlier in the competition.

The victory extends Dortmund's unbeaten home run in the Champions League to 10 games. Atlético's exit secures their place in the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup in the United States next year. Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt was named Player of the Match for his outstanding performance.

Key Takeaways

  • Borussia Dortmund defeated Atlético Madrid 4-2 in the UCL quarterfinal 2nd leg.
  • Dortmund overcame a 2-1 first-leg deficit to win the tie 5-4 on aggregate.
  • Dortmund will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League semifinals.
  • Dortmund's Julian Brandt named Player of the Match for his performance.
  • Atlético's exit secures their place in the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup.