Borussia Dortmund conceded by Atletico Madrid the first competitive defeat. In contrast, Schalke remains unbeaten in the Champions League and celebrated against Galatasaray the second victory.
The Dortmund series breaks
After fifteen competitive matches without defeat, it happened on Tuesday night: Borussia Dortmund left the field for the first time this season as a loser. The 0-2 defeat vs. Atlético Madrid with Saúl Niguez (33rd minute) and Antoine Griemann (80th) goals did not cause much damage as BVB continue to lead Group A in the Champions League and draw in three weeks would qualify for the knockout stage in the home game against FC Bruges.
On the other hand, the appearance in Madrid two weeks after the glittering 4-0 victory in the first leg was not a recommendation letter for the German Football Summit on Saturday, when the team of Lucien Favre will play in their own stadium vs. Bayern Munich. But the performance of the Borussia this time was too poor against a team that was clearly ahead of her, except for a balanced beginning phase. «Today it was an unnecessary defeat because we controlled the ball for the first 20 minutes. Then we lost the thread, we have to fight it» — said Marco Reus.
Once again, a stadium with a UFO appearance has landed in the suburbs of a big city: the Estadio Metropolitano, the final destination of all internationally ambitious European football clubs. Atlético Madrid has been at home here since the start of the season, with the Champions League final this season rising on 1 June 2019. And BVB would like to return here if their wildest dreams came true. However, on Tuesday night, the Black and Yellow team was challenged to defend their first place in Group A against a team that had the rare painful experience of a high defeat in the first leg two weeks ago.
At first glance, it looked like an advantage for BVB, because Atlético missing the captain Godin, Diego Costa, Koke, Lemar and Savic — five injured regulars. The Bundesliga league leaders, on the other hand, went down with a first-team side, except for Toprak, who replaced center-back Zagadou, who was kept in reserve on the bench.
Schalke is making great strides towards the last sixteen
Guido Burgstaller and Mark Uth have paved the way for FC Schalke 04 with their premiere matches in the Champions League the way into the second round. The Austrian Burgstaller took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper Fernando Muslera already in the fourth minute to Schalker leadership before Uth (57.) made the deserved 2: 0 win against Galatasaray Istanbul perfect.
«I am very, very satisfied. You can tell that everything now goes with a little more ease. We deserved to win, we could have scored more goals, and we defended well» said Schalke manager Christian Heidel on the Sky and added, «I did not expect it, but we did have come a long way to the cause.»
After the first victory in the fourth match with the Turkish champions of Revierclub has before the two final group matches best prospects for the first time since the 2014/2015 season to retake the knockout round of the Champions League. Schalke are now eight points — four more than Istanbul — and can with two draws or even with a win on 28 November at leader FC Porto (10) book the eighth-final ticket.
Three days after convincing 3-1 against Hannover 96, Domenico Tedesco saw no reason for the big rotation. The coach made only two changes: Sebastian Rudy and Burgstaller moved for Nabil Bentaleb and Suat Serdar in the royal blue team.