Europe: Champions League
FT
4 - 2
(2 - 0)
Dortmund
Atlético
J. Brandt (34), I. Maatsen (39), M. Hummels (49), N. Füllkrug (71), M. Sabitzer (74)
Á. Correa (64)
By Ultan Corcoran@UltanCorcoran

"It was just magic" - Niclas Füllkrug basks in glory of BVB's Champions League quarter-final success

The Germany international spoke to UEFA at full-time after Borussia Dortmund secured an exciting 4-2 (5-4 agg.) victory over Atlético Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final.

"It was just magic. The energy on the pitch was crazy. Every metre I ran [tonight] became possible for me because there was so much energy [in the stadium]," beamed Niclas Füllkrug in his post-match interview.

 

Returning to Edin Terzić’s starting line-up tonight as Sebastian Haller missed out through injury, the striker was full of praise for his BVB comrades.

"The players [teammates] next to me made so many runs and we always came behind the ball again and again [to defend]. We also created a lot of chances and we even could have scored more," Füllkrug added.

The old-school centre forward is somewhat of late-bloomer in his trade. Competing in the German 2.Bundesliga just three years ago, Füllkrug expressed immense pride in his personal rise to European football's premiere competition.

"Today I am very happy because when you look at my career now; I [will] play in the Champions League semi-finals with Borussia Dortmund. This is amazing, and I am very happy that I can enjoy it and will enjoy it [further]," the 31-year-old grinned.

Borussia Dortmund will face former Group F or aptly named 'group of death' opponents Paris St.Germain in their Champions League semi-final. Die Schwarzgelben will also host the first-leg on April 30th or May 1st.

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