Champions League: Atletico Madrid beat Bruges, Borussia Dortmund crush Monaco

first_imgAtletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund registered easy victories in the Champions League on Wednesday.Antoine Griezmann scored a brace Atletico Madrid thrashed Club Bruges 3-1 to earn their second consecutive victory while Borussia Dortmund condemned AS Monaco to a 3-0 defeat.Dortmund’s storming second-half display kept them at the top of Group A alongside Atletico Madrid, with both sides on a maximum six points, but for Monaco, who have not won any of their last nine matches, it was another low point in a dismal season.France striker Griezmann gave the home side the lead shortly before the half-hour mark after seeing an earlier strike ruled out for narrowly straying offside, although Atletico’s seemingly comfortable advantage was soon shot down from out of [email protected] @AntoGriezmann #AúpaAtleti #AtletiBrujas #UCLético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 3, 2018Dutch winger Arnaut Danjuma appeared to pose little threat as he hovered on the left hand side of the penalty area but surprised everyone in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with a perfectly struck shot into the far top corner to equalise in the 39th minute.Atletico might have felt a sense of deja vu from their disastrous 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag last year which led to them being knocked out in the group stages, and after the interval put all their efforts into regaining the lead.When @AntoGriezmann smiles…… So does the Wanda @Metropolitano!2 goals 1 assist!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiBrujas #UCLético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 3, 2018advertisementSpain midfielder Saul Niguez came close on two occasions in quick succession while Griezmann was left frustrated by a point-blank save from Croatian goalkeeper Karlo Letica.The Frenchman eventually grabbed his second goal by smashing a pass from strike partner Diego Costa into the net in the 67th minute, although Atletico’s relief at restoring their lead was soon punctured by the sight of Costa going off [email protected] has now scored three goals this season!UEFA Super CupLaLigaChampions League#AúpaAtleti #AtletiBrujas #UCLético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 3, 2018The Belgian side had a short-lived period of pressure in search of an equaliser and nearly got one when defender Stefano Denswil headed narrowly wide.Atletico responded with a flurry of attempts down the other end and after substitute Angel Correa had missed two clear chances, Koke steered a loose ball high into the net after a darting run into the area by Griezmann.#AúpaAtleti #AtletiBrujas #UCLético de Madrid (@atletienglish) October 3, 2018Atletico are second in Group A, locked on six points with Borussia Dortmund, who beat AS Monaco 3-0 on Wednesday.Diego Simeone’s side play at Dortmund in their next European outing in three weeks’ time. Bruges and Monaco, meanwhile, both have no points.EASY WIN FOR DORTMUND Dortmund’s young Danish striker Jacob Bruun Larsen, brought on at the break after a mediocre first half from Favre’s unbeaten high-flyers, broke the deadlock within six minutes before strikes from Paco Alcacer and captain Marco Reus heaped more misery on Monaco. Borussia Dortmund thrashed AS Monaco 3-0 (Reuters Photo)They are stuck pointless at the foot of the group alongside Club Bruges.The 20-year-old Bruun Larsen’s neat finish after being picked out by a superb through ball from 18-year-old English prospect Jadon Sancho enabled Dortmund to relax and take control after a misfiring first 45 minutes.Alcacer hit the bar with his 69th-minute penalty after Reus had been brought down by Kamil Glik, but the Spaniard soon made amends by rounding substitute keeper Danijel Subasic to slot home the German side’s second.Two wins from two in the groupNow time to focus on Saturday #BVB #UCL #AW28 Witsel (@axelwitsel28) October 3, 2018Reus completed the comfortable win by slotting home the third from a narrow angle in stoppage time as Dortmund celebrated a ninth match unbeaten under Favre.Bruun Larsen and Sancho are two of the exciting prospects who have helped to breathe new life into Dortmund since the experienced 60-year-old Swiss coach took the reins in May.Bruun Larsen, who had scored his first Dortmund goals in their last two Bundesliga matches, told “Scoring was a great feeling, especially in this competition.Important 3 Points tonight, boys were on fire today unbeaten run continueshappy to get another assist! #JS7 Sancho (@Sanchooo10) October 3, 2018″It became easier for us after that goal. Things are working well for me because of all the hard work I put in, it’s as simple as that.”advertisementThings are also working well for the highly-rated Sancho, who has rapidly earned the nickname of “King of the Assists” because of the half-dozen goals he has helped make for team mates.”I don’t know why I am only assisting and not scoring,” he laughed. “I keep moving into the right positions and then I see someone better positioned so I pass it.”I have made so many steps forward here, learning from the great players around me on the training pitch and during the games.”That’s all! 3-0 victory over @AS_Monaco_EN #BVBASM #UCL Dortmund (@BlackYellow) October 3, 2018Monaco had started more brightly than the home side and came closest to breaking the deadlock when a fine 30-metre shot from Youri Tielemans forced an excellent acrobatic stop from Roman Burki.Alcacer curled a left-footer just wide for Dortmund and Marius Wolf brought a fine save from Diego Benaglio, who had to hobble off before the break due to injury.Croatian World Cup hero Subasic came on for his first match since the final in Russia after an injury layoff, but his return proved a tough one as Monaco made it 10 matches without a Champions League win.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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