Atlético de Madrid took a review of the Westfalenstadion. The 4-0 conceded against Borussia Dortmund does not jeopardize the classification for the round of 16, and even more after the draw (1-1) between Bruges and Monaco , but leaves terrible feelings. Nothing worked in Simeone’s team: the goalkeeper was not the usual savior, the defense watered, the midfield only gave signs of life at the beginning of the second half and the front was disconnected, with Griezmann at the head.
And that Atletico went to the game without complexes, pressing up Dortmund’s ball out, but the effect lasted only a few minutes. Soon he began to lose midfield, where Simeone had chosen Thomas instead of Rodrigo .
Of Saúl and Lemar there was hardly any news in the first time, beyond the card that the Frenchman saw. With Koke rather discreet, Griezmann did not appear above to turn on the light and the only recurring solution was the long ball to Diego Costa , who again made it clear that he lacks finesse. He shined more in his own area, clearing a dangerous cross center as an experienced center would have done, sweeping the attack front.
Dortmund, who had at least tried Oblak , began to arrive with more danger. First he warned with a shot from Pulisic that went high and went ahead soon after with some luck, as a shot by Witsel from the front stumbled on Saul and misled Oblak.
The closest thing to a chance of danger from the rojiblancos in the first half was a shot by Griezmann, in a forced position, who went to the side of the net. To make matters worse, Zigadou was about to score the 2-0 before the break with a header that went off narrowly.
A light in the second part
The panorama changed radically after the break, when Simeone finally gave entrance to Rodrigo and sat Thomas. Atlético grew instantly and began to play not in the Dortmund field, but in the immediate vicinity of their area. Saúl chained three good chances, one of them spectacular: a left-footed shot to the same cross.
20 minutes from the end, Simeone returned to move the bench and gave entry to Correa by Saul, the greatest danger. Atlético had let their moment slip away, quite the opposite of Dortmund, who put the 2-0 on an Achraf climb. The Moroccan, very offensive, saw this time the arrival of Guerreiro , who scored at pleasure.
The 3-0 also came for his band. With Atletico overturned, he escaped from the midfield and served for Sancho , who had just entered. The English striker, offside, sentenced the match, but was still about to come, with the same protagonists of the second goal: Achraf (three assists goal) and Guerreiro, who rounded the 4-0 with his double.
4 – Borussia Dortmund : Bürki; Piszczek, Diallo, Zagadou, Achraf; Witsel, Delaney (Dahoud, m.35); Pulisic (Jadon Sancho, m.78), Gotze, Larsen (Guerreiro, m.62); and Reus.
0 – Atlético de Madrid : Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Lucas, Filipe; Koke, Thomas (Rodrigo, m.46), Saul (Correa, m.70), Lemar; Griezmann and Diego Costa.
Goals : 1-0, m. 38: Witsel, with a low shot from outside the area deflected definitively by a rejection in Lucas Hernández. 2-0, m. 73: Guerreiro right footed shot from a long cross by Achraf. 3-0, m. 83: Jadon Sancho, a pass from Achraf. 4-0, m. 89. Guerreiro beats Oblak after a fault by Filipe Luis.
Referee : Anthony Taylor (England). He admonished local Diallo (13) and visitors Thomas (35), Lemar (44) and Diego Costa (87).
Incidents : match for the third day of Group A of the Champions League, played at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund before some 80,000 spectators.