Champions League: an option for Inter Milan, regrets for Dortmund

Inter Milan beat Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League thanks to a goal from Austrian Marko Arnautovic. Dortmund, who were leading on PSV Eindhoven's pitch, were caught behind by an unclear penalty (1-1). The return matches will take place on March 13.

Marko Arnautovic sole scorer of the Inter Milan-Atletico Madrid match. AP - Luca Bruno

By: Ndiasse Sambe Follow


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The much-heralded clash between Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid did not keep all its promises. And it's not the Italians' fault... We were salivating at the idea of ​​watching the French scorers' duel between Marcus Thuram (Inter) and Antoine Griezmann (Atletico; both had to leave the field earlier than expected due to injury The French striker from Inter Milan, visibly injured in the right adductor, came off at half-time. The center forward held his right adductor after a strike shortly before the break, before lie down, then finished the half (0-0). After returning from the locker room, he was replaced by the Austrian Marko Arnautovic who would prove decisive by scoring the only goal of the match (79th). His teammate in the French team, Antoine Griezmann came out in the 78th minute, grimacing, holding his right ankle. Argentinian Angel Correa replaced him for the final minutes of the match.

Dortmund concedes from the penalty spot

For the match? The Italians logically beat the Colchoneros (1-1) as their domination suffered no challenge. Simone Inzaghi's men have several opportunities to make the difference with Lautaro Martinez and especially with Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian striker made some big misses before finally finding the opening at the end of the match.

It's a valuable victory for the Milanese who have a great option before the return match in three weeks.

Borussia Dortmund could also have returned to Germany with a calmer mind despite the draw (1-1) won at PSV Eindhoven. The Germans opened the scoring thanks to their Dutch striker Donyell Malen (24th), a former PSV player, who did not want to celebrate his goal in front of his former audience. The Borussia players will be joined in the second half on a penalty from the captain of the Batavians, Luuk de Jong (56th). A penalty long contested by the Dortmund players, in particular by Mats Hummels who committed the foul in the area on Malik Tillman.


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