In a remarkable Champions League result, German giants Borussia Dortmund humbled Atletico Madrid with a 4-0 thrashing on Wednesday to move closer to the knockout stages of the competition.
The result meant contrasting reactions for both teams. For Aletico, it was their heaviest Champions League defeat suffered under Diego Simeone management. While the victory put Dortmund top of Group A after they had previously beaten Club Brugge and Monaco.
This was a typically tense European affair early on, played at a frantic pace between two strong teams eager to focus on attacking football with neither defence allowing many clear chances. With 35 minutes gone, Dortmund lost midfielder Thomas Delaney with a foot injury and the Dane was replaced by Mahmoud Dahoud, who played a hand in the opening goal.
After a determined run by US midfielder Christian Pulisic, Dahoud carried on the move, before the ball eventually fell to Witsel, whose shot took a big deflection before finding the net. Atletico boss Simeone brought on a fresh pair of legs in midfield for the second half, taking off Thomas Partey and bringing on Rodri.
The visitors showed how dangerous they can be by driving forward with real purpose and midfielder Saul Niguez crashed a shot off the woodwork on 53 minutes with Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki well beaten. Borussia were living dangerously, but a good spell midway through the second half, with Witsel in the thick of things, turned the game the hosts' way.
Hakimi got in the way of a Reus run into the area, but the 19-year-old soon made amends by laying on the second goal with 17 minutes to go. The left-back got in behind his man and fired in a low cross that Reus missed, but Guerreiro stabbed past Oblak. At the other end, Burki only denied Atletico winger Angel Correa, on for Niguez, with the help of the post.
Dortmund sealed the win when Hakimi did the damage again, charging into the area and teeing up Sancho to tap home their third goal on 83 minutes. And it turned into a rout when Guerreiro snapped up a loose pass from Felipe Luis and fired past Oblak with a minute remaining.