England international Jadon Sancho scored his first Champions League goal as Borussia Dortmund recorded an impressive win over Atletico Madrid.
The teenager scored Dortmund’s third with a simple tap-in after goals from Axel Witsel and Raphael Guerreiro.
Guerreiro then made it 4-0 after capitalising on a poor back pass from Felipe Luis to finish past Jan Oblak.
The result was manager Diego Simeone’s biggest defeat in his seven years in charge of Atletico.
Witsel opened the scoring with a deflected shot in the first half but it was 73 minutes before Guerreiro made it two, finishing off a brilliant team move.
Former Manchester City winger Sancho came off the bench just after Dortmund’s second and got his name on the score sheet four minutes later when Mario Gotze played Achraf Hakimi through and he squared the ball for an easy finish.
The 18-year-old, who made his England debut this month as a substitute in a 0-0 draw against Croatia, became the second-youngest English player to score in the Champions League, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal against Olympiakos in 2011.
He is also the first English player to score for a non-British club in the Champions League since David Beckham for Real Madrid against Rosenborg in November 2005.
Atletico Madrid hit the post twice, either side of half-time, through Saul Niguez and Angel Correa but the German side were ultimately too much for them.
The result means Dortmund top Group A with nine points. Atletico remain in second, having won their first two games.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have overshadowed other sports news following their heroics in this week’s Champions League matches.
On Tuesday night, Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Juventus see-off Atletico Madrid in the last-16 round to progress to the quarter-finals.
The Old Lady’s suffered a 2-0 defeat in the first leg clash, but their star Ronaldo, who joined the Turin-based outfit was in hand to nod home two headers alongside a spot-kick.
However, on Wednesday, Messi showed class after netting a brace in Barcelona’s 5-1 bashing of Lyon to seal their spot in the quarter-final round.
Messi, who doubles as Argentina and Barcelona captain, netted the game’s opener in the 18th minute of the match with a top-class Panenka spot-kick before tearing part Lyon’s defence line to net his second goal.
The Argentinean also assisted the pair of Gerard Pique and Ousmane Dembele after Philippe Coutinho scored Barca’s second.
Interestingly, the performances of Messi and Ronaldo in their respective UCL games, further revived the question of ‘who is truly the world’s greatest footballer of all time?’
According to Give Me Football, it is a herculean task to differentiate the two stars, even as Messi was rated a better player technically.
But the football website stressed Ronaldo cannot be dismissed with a wave of hand especially in big matches
At the last count, former England star Gary Lineker challenged football fans via Twitter, to pick their best after seeing the Portuguese net a hat-trick.
And after the one-day exercise over 380,000 fans participated and the following result emerged:
Lionel Messi – 62%
Cristiano Ronaldo – 38%
A further breakdown of the result revealed that mist fans opted for Messi as the greatest footballer than Ronaldo.
However, the fact remains that the duo are this generation’s greatest football players, and we should endeavour to celebrate them irrespective of your choice while they are still active.