Champions League: Athletico Madrid, Dortmund and Inter Milan victorious
Antoine Griezmann scored a spectacular brace as Athletico Madrid brushed aside Club Brugge 3-1 in the Group A encounter at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday.
The French forward netted in a goal in the 28th minute with an assist from Thomas Lemar before Arnaut Danjuma levelled things up for the visitors shortly before the break. But it was the Spanish giants who continued to pile the pressure on the visitors and their persistent and hard work bore fruit when Griezmann once again gave his side the lead by putting one in the back of the net from a pass by Diego Costa. In the injury time, it was Koke, who ensured his team of all three points after he drilled one in from an assist by Griezmann who had an involvement in all three of Athletico’s goals of the night. This was the eighth loss in a row for the Belgian champions in the Champions League.
Sancho shines for Dortmund
In the other Group A encounter between Borussia Dortmund drubbed AS Monaco 3-0 with English teenager Jadon Sancho once again grabbing the spotlight with a memorable performance.
As a matter of fact, it was Sancho who set up the first goal for his team in the 51st minute after a barren first half as his pass to Jacob Bruun Larsen was carefully slotted home by the Danish winger.
Dortmund could have doubled their lead in the 69th minute but on-loan Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer missed a penalty.
Alcacer nonetheless scored few minutes later after being assisted by Marco Reus, who scored his team’s last and final goal of the match.
Inter Milan victorious
In the Netherlands, it was Inter Milan who clinched a comeback 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven. Pablo Rosario gave PSV the lead in the 28th minute before the score was settled by Radja Nainggolan, just before the first-half. Argentine forward Mauro Icardi then capitalised on a mix-up in the 60th minute to ensure that the Italian side all three points and their second win in the competition.