Atletico wins to join Dort­mund at the top

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Sports -

MADRID — Atletico Madrid made sure things were dif­fer­ent this time against Borus­sia Dort­mund.

Af­ter a de­mor­al­iz­ing 4-0 loss in Ger­many last month, the team's worst un­der coach Diego Sime­one, Atletico re­bounded with a con­vinc­ing 2-0 win over Dort­mund on Tues­day, a re­sult that left both clubs at the top of Group A in the Cham­pi­ons League.

"We re­ally wanted to give them a game af­ter they ham­mered us in Ger­many," Atletico for­ward An­toine Griez­mann said. "We learned from our er­rors and have given a much bet­ter image of our­selves tonight."

Dort­mund started well again at Wanda Metropoli­tano Sta­dium, but Saul Niguez put the hosts ahead near the end of the first half and Griez­mann sealed the vic­tory in a break­away near the end.

The vic­tory left Atletico and Dort­mund with nine points each. The teams couldn't se­cure a spot in the knock­out stage with two rounds left be­cause Club Brugge routed Monaco 4-0 ear­lier Tues­day and has four points. Monaco, with one point, was elim­i­nated.

Dort­mund, which ended with no shots on tar­get, could have sealed first place in the group had it beaten Atletico again. It hadn't been de­feated in 15 com­pet­i­tive matches un­der new coach Lu­cien Favre.

Atletico won de­spite play­ing with­out key play­ers like in­jured striker Diego Costa.

Niguez opened the scor­ing af­ter a beau­ti­ful ex­change of passes that started when he picked up the ball out­side the area. He passed a de­fender and sent a low ball to Filipe Luis, who made a run down the left flank be­fore cross­ing back to­ward the mid­dle of the box. An­gel Cor­rea let the ball go through, and Niguez came in be­hind him to fire a low shot into the net. Dort­mund de­fender Manuel Akanji touched the ball in front of the goal line but it wasn't enough to clear it.

Atletico took full con­trol of the game af­ter the first goal and missed sev­eral other op­por­tu­ni­ties to add to the lead dur­ing the rest of the first half. It con­tin­ued to have chances in the sec­ond half while Dort­mund strug­gled to get near the goal of Atletico goal­keeper Jan Oblak.

Griez­mann, in his 50th Cham­pi­ons League game, put an end to Dort­mund's hopes in the 80th with a soft touch from in­side the area as Dort­mund goal­keeper Ro­man Burki charged from the net af­ter a pass by mid­fielder Thomas Partey.

In the Cham­pi­ons League, Dort­mund next hosts Club Brugge on Nov. 28, while Atletico hosts Monaco on the same day.

The UST/LOPTTA team, com­prised of (from left) Maj. Paul Jerome Puente­spina, John Michael Cas­tro, Mark Fran­cis Jimenez, and John Paul Gu­ba­ton, swept all four cat­e­gories of the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Su­per League Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment 2018, which closed ear­lier this week at SM City Ba­colod and Ci­tyMall Man­dala­gan.

(AP Photo/Manu Fer­nan­dez)

Atletico An­toine Griez­mann (left) scores his side's sec­ond goal dur­ing the Group A Cham­pi­ons League soc­cer match be­tween Atletico Madrid and Borus­sia Dort­mund at the Wanda Metropoli­tano sta­dium in Madrid, Spain, Tues­day, Nov. 6, 2018.

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