Atletico Madrid Secures First-Leg Victory against Borussia Dortmund with Rapid Start!

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Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night took the lead in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash against Borussia Dortmund, securing a 2-1 victory in the first leg at the Metropolitano Stadium.

This win extends Diego Simeone’s impressive unbeaten home knockout record in the competition to 17 games.

After a thrilling penalty shootout victory against three-time European champions Inter Milan in the previous round, Simeone’s team started strongly and capitalized with an early goal in the fifth minute.

However, Dortmund’s defensive shortcomings were evident as Ian Maatsen’s pass was intercepted by Rodrigo De Paul, who clinically dispatched a finish past Gregor Kobel with the outside of his right foot.

Following this early breakthrough, Atletico continued to dominate, creating additional scoring opportunities for Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata.

Dortmund struggled to create chances and it took them more than 30 minutes to muster their first attempt, with Felix Nmecha heading over from Jadon Sancho’s corner. This one-sided affair highlighted Atletico Madrid’s control over the game.

The Colchoneros extended their lead with a second goal from Samuel Lino, who calmly slotted the ball past Kobel from Griezmann’s exquisite lofted pass.

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Despite the brilliance of Griezmann and Lino, Dortmund’s defensive lapses were evident once again, with an embarrassing miscommunication between Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck contributing to their downfall.

Dortmund showed signs of improvement after the break, with halftime substitute Julian Brandt seeing his shot deflected wide from Niclas Fullkrug’s unconventional lay-off. Terzic then opted to refresh the Dortmund forward line by bringing on Sebastien Haller for Fullkrug, while the hosts aimed to maintain their two-goal lead.

Kobel had fewer saves to make in the second half as Atletico aimed to secure a two-goal advantage, but he showcased his skills by superbly denying Lino a second goal from Griezmann’s in-swinging set-piece.

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However, Haller made the impact Terzic desired by latching onto Brandt’s pass and firing a brilliant finish past Jan Oblak to reduce the deficit.

In the final moments, Brandt’s header struck the woodwork, but Atletico held on to their narrow lead to take into the second leg at the Westfalenstadion next Tuesday.

For Dortmund, this match served as a narrow escape following their defensive struggles in the first half. They will rely on the support of the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ to help them overturn the result in the next leg.

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