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Borussia Dortmund defeats Atletico Madrid to go to the semifinals of the Champions League

In their quarterfinal second leg on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund overcame Atletico Madrid 4-2 to earn a 5-4 aggregate win and their first Champions League semi-final since 2013.

At halftime, Dortmund led 2-0 with goals from Ian Maatsen and Julian Brandt, despite trailing 2-1 from the previous leg.

After making three substitutions at halftime, visiting coach Diego Simeone sent in Angel Correa, and his enthusiasm was evident right away as Mats Hummels let up a careless own goal before the Argentine scored to give Atletico the lead once more in the match.

However, Niclas Fuellkrug and Marcel Sabitzer both scored in a three-minute span to propel the Bundesliga team through, igniting a once-sluggish Dortmund.

It had a mystical quality. In interviews, I try not to get too carried away, but it was quite amazing. Today, the stadium caught fire, Fuellkrug told DAZN.

Currently sitting fifth in the German top division and fighting to make it into the Champions League for the next season, former champions Dortmund will take on Paris Saint-Germain on June 1 in the hopes of advancing to the Wembley final.

“We definitely need to improve on the chances and goals we gave them in the 15 minutes after halftime, but our reaction was amazing,” said Brandt.

For the third time in five seasons, Atletico failed to go beyond the quarterfinals while trying to make it to the final four for the first time in seven years.

Atletico captain Koke told Movistar, “It was tough.” The fact that they achieved their aims so soon after one another wounded them a great deal.

We are upset because we were hoping to succeed. Football is this, and it can be harsh.

Dortmund’s quick start

After three minutes, the home team could have tied the score, but Sabitzer hesitated to take a touch when the goal was right in front of him, allowing Atletico to cover.

Alvaro Morata ran through one-on-one with the goalie minutes later, giving Atletico a great opportunity of their own, but he chipped the ball way wide of the post.

Spurred on by an 80,000-person home crowd attempting to top the fervor in the Spanish capital from the previous week, Dortmund pushed and shoved their way forward, with Karim Adeyemi putting a direct shot at Jan Oblak.

On minute 34, Dortmund took the lead when Brandt collected a Hummels chip and converted on the turn, sending the ball bouncing between Oblak’s hands.

Five minutes later, Maatsen, having been allowed opportunity to run in the Atletico box, was threading in from an acute angle to put the Germans ahead in the game.

Simeone shuffled his deck at halftime, making three changes, including hooking the unproductive Morata for Correa, knowing that his prospects of making it to the semifinals for a fourth time as the Atletico manager were slipping away.

The visitors were able to retake the lead in the match as Dortmund’s unsteadiness reappeared.

Atletico corner kicker Gregor Kobel was preparing to make a stop when Hummels, under little pressure, diverted Mario Hermoso’s header into his own net.

Smelling blood, Atletico had a chance to tie the score when Correa pulled the ball a hair wide.

On minute 64, the World Cup champion atoned for his error by hitting a loose ball inside the area off the crossbar to put Atletico ahead on aggregate.

Dortmund was startled back into action by the goal, and Edin Terzic’s team struck twice in three minutes to take back the lead.

After Fuellkrug headed in a cross from Sabitzer, the Austrian midfielder scored a goal of his own, blasting from the outside of the box into the bottom corner to give Dortmund a historic triumph against Atletico.

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