Atletico Madrid dominated Borussia Dortmund to win 2-0 in their Champions League Group A match on Tuesday, exacting some revenge for last month’s heavy loss in Germany and snapping their opponents’ unbeaten run this season.
Saul Niguez fired the hosts ahead in the 33rd minute and Antoine Griezmann added another in the 80th in a one-sided match that ended Dortmund’s 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
‘We really wanted to give them a game after they hammered us in Germany,’ World Cup winner Griezmann told reporters.
‘We learned from our errors and delivered a much better image of ourselves tonight. We had important players injured but the team has respond.’
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez (Montero 46), Lucas, Filipe Luis, Saul, Rodri, Thomas, Correa (Vitolo 81), Griezmann, Kalinic (Gelson Martins 62);
Subs not used: Adan, Arias, Garces Moreno, Moya
Scorers: Saul (33), Griezmann (80)
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Burki, Piszczek, Akanji, Toprak, Hakimi, Pulisic (Guerreiro 59), Witsel, Delaney, Sancho (Bruun Larsen 79), Reus, Alcacer (Gotze 75);
Subs not used: Hitz, Zagadou, Dahoud, Weigl
Booked: Sancho, Akanji, Reus
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy).
The result lifted Atletico to nine points, level with leaders Dortmund, with two games left in the group stage.
Belgium’s Club Bruges are third on four points after beating AS Monaco 4-0 earlier on Tuesday with the top two advancing to the knockout stage.
Dortmund, who face Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, found themselves on the backfoot from the start with Diego Simeone’s team eager to make amends for their 4-0 demolition in Dortmund last month.
The injury-hit Spaniards, missing several regulars including captain Diego Godin and Koke, still packed a considerable punch, and Angel Correa tested keeper Roman Buerki early on.
With Dortmund opting to defend in numbers rather than attack, the breakthrough for Atletico came when Saul fired in to complete a swift move that had split open the German defence.