Borussia Dortmund Eliminates Atletico Madrid from Champions League After De Paul's 'Showboating' Backfires

Dortmund stun Atletico 4-2 in thrilling Champions League quarter-final, setting up a semi-final clash with PSG. Sabitzer's late winner caps off an inspired performance as Dortmund advance 5-4 on aggregate.

Wojciech Zylm
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Borussia Dortmund Eliminates Atletico Madrid from Champions League After De Paul's 'Showboating' Backfires

Borussia Dortmund Eliminates Atletico Madrid from Champions League After De Paul's 'Showboating' Backfires

Borussia Dortmund advanced to the Champions League semi-finals with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday night. The German club won the tie 5-4 on aggregate, setting up a clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the last four.

Dortmund took a commanding 2-0 lead in the first half through goals from Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen. However, Atletico fought back after the break, equalizing with an own goal from Mats Hummels and a strike from substitute Angel Correa.

With the tie level at 4-4 on aggregate, Dortmund responded with two quick goals from Niclas Fullkrug and Marcel Sabitzer to secure their place in the semi-finals. Sabitzer's late winner capped off an inspired performance from the midfielder, who provided an assist and scored the decisive goal .

The match was not without controversy, as Atletico's Rodrigo De Paul was involved in a 'showboating' incident that eventually backfired. De Paul attempted a 'rainbow flick' near the end of the game, but he lost possession, leading to Dortmund's fourth goal and sealing Atletico's elimination from the competition.

Atletico manager Diego Simeone expressed disappointment with the result, pointing to his team's narrow one-goal victory in the first leg as a factor in their elimination. "We had chances to score more goals in the first leg, and that came back to haunt us tonight," Simeone said.

Dortmund coach Edin Terzic praised his team's resilience and character in the face of Atletico's second-half comeback. "We knew they would come at us with everything they had, but our players showed great mental strength to respond and get the win," Terzic said.

Despite their Champions League exit, Atletico has secured a spot in the inaugural 32-team Club World Cup in the United States next year. The expanded tournament will feature 12 teams from Europe, including the Champions League winners from the past four seasons and high-ranked teams based on their overall results in the competition during that period.

Dortmund's victory sets up an intriguing semi-final clash with Paris Saint-Germain, who they faced in the group stage of this year's competition. The first leg will be played at Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park, with the return leg taking place at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

The match was a hallmark of the excitement and drama that the Champions League consistently delivers. With two evenly matched teams, a thrilling comeback, and a late winner, it had all the ingredients of a classic European night .

Key Takeaways

  • Borussia Dortmund beat Atletico Madrid 4-2 (5-4 agg) to reach CL semi-finals.
  • Dortmund took 2-0 lead, but Atletico equalized before Dortmund scored 2 late goals.
  • Atletico's Rodrigo De Paul's 'rainbow flick' backfired, leading to Dortmund's 4th goal.
  • Dortmund will face Paris Saint-Germain in the CL semi-finals.
  • Atletico secured a spot in the expanded 32-team Club World Cup in the US.