A draw for Monaco and Dortmund, Atlético wins
Just like Club against STVV, both AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund got stuck at 2-2 yesterday. From the three CL opponents, only Atlético Madrid managed to claim a victory.
AS Monaco – Dijon 2-2
We have to go back to 11 August to see AS Monaco win a game. Yesterday, coach Thierry Henry's troops were kept at bay by Dijon in a 2-2 draw at Stade Louis II. The hosts had a fine start, with right back Benjamin Henrichs opnening the score after thirty minutes. Dijon – with former Club defender Laurent Ciman on the enitre game – drew level straight away, and to make matters even worse, added another one to make it 1-2 after an hour. Wit ten minutes to go, defender Kamil Glik made sure Monaco got one point out of the encounter.
With Guingamp also stuck at a draw, Monaco remains bottom of the Ligue Un. Next weekend, Monaco pays a trip to Bjorn Engels' Stade Reims. (SF)
AS Monaco: Benaglio, Henrichs, Glik, Jemerson, Barreca, Tielemans (72’ Traoré), Aït Bennasser, Aholou (55’ Pelé), Golovin, Sylla, Diop.
Goals: 29’ Henrichs (1-0), 34’ Alphonse (1-1), 57’ Abeid (1-2), 78’ Glik (2-2).
Borussia Dortmund – Hertha Berlijn 2-2
An upset in Germany as Borussia Dortmund failed to win at home. On Wednesday, a five star performance lead to a 4-0 win against Atlético Madrid, but not so yesterday, as Hertha Berlin managed to grab a point after a 2-2 draw. Dortmund was off to a rocket start, and scored after fifteen minutes, but the goal was cancelled out by a VAR decision. No worries as after half an hour, unnecessary ball loss in midfield set up Sancho to score the 1-0 from an acute angle. The opening goal did not inspire the hosts for more, and they paid the lowering of the pace in spades. A well weighted cross by Mittelstädt was met by Kalou, tapping in the equaliser past Bürki.
After the break, the visitors had two excellent opportunities to take the leas, but found Bürki on their way on both instances. This shook the hosts back to life, and lead to a renewed lead after an hour's play. Reus let a cross slipp through Sancho, who easily made it 2-1. The three points seemed to be staying in Westfalen, but Kalou's spot kick equaliser late in the game could not be overturned. Despite the draw, Dortmund remains top of the Bundesliga. (FDC)
Dortmund: Bürki, Piszczek (92’ Toprak), Guerreiro (80’ Bruun Larsen), Diallo, Hakimi, Zagadou, Witsel, Götze, Dahoud, Sancho (72’ Pulisic), Reus.
Goals: 27’ Sancho (1-0), 41’ Kalou (1-1), 61’ Sancho (2-1), 91’ Kalou (penalty, 2-2).
Atlético Madrid – Real Sociedad 2-0
After Atlético's historic defeat at Dortmund, the team had something to make up for with its fans. A home mission against Real Sociedad seemed ideal, particularly if the team wanted to keep the gap with the leaders narrow. Just before the beak, bad clearing by the visitors lead to a Diego Godin opener, followed up by a neat goal by Filipe Luis in the second half, the Brazilian curling the ball in the top corner with his weaker right foot. Atlético won the game, but not too convincingly. The win takes the team level with Barcelona, who still have to play Real Madrid. On the weekend, Atlético will be making the trip to league closers Leganés. A midweek Copa Del Rey game sets Atlético up with Sant Adreu. (WD)
Atlético: Oblak, Arias, Savic, Godin, Hernandez (46’ Filipe Luis), Correa (82’ Lemar), Koke, Rodri, Saul, Griezmann, Costa.
Goals: 45’ Godin (1-0), 61’ Filipe Luis (2-0).