BVB only have a better record in away games in Spain against Sevilla than they do against Atlético Madrid. The facts preview on the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

The scenario

Atlético made it into the last four three times between 2013/14 and 2016/17; Borussia have also gotten to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League three times – most recently in 2012/13.

Match facts

BVB’s record in away matches against Atlético Madrid so far reads: one victory (1996), one draw (1966) and one defeat (2018).

There has previously been one knockout tie between the clubs: BVB won 2-0 in Dortmund following a 1-1 draw in Madrid in the quarter-final en route to winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966.

The two teams also went head-to-head in the group stages in the 2018/19 campaign and both won their home match. Borussia Dortmund won 4-0 on home turf thanks to goals from Axel Witsel (38th minute), Raphael Guerreiro (73 and 89) and Jadon Sancho (83). That was Atlético’s biggest-ever defeat in European competition at the time. Saul Ñiguez (33) and Antoine Griezmann (80) scored to ensure a 2-0 victory for Madrid in the return fixture.

Atlético Madrid facts

Diego Simeone’s team emerged unbeaten from Group E, which contained Lazio (2-0, 1-1), Feyenoord (3-2, 3-1) and Celtic (6-0, 2-2), and suffered their only defeat in the competition to date in the round of 16 first leg away to Inter Milan (1-0 loss). After winning the return leg 2-1 after extra-time, the Spaniards prevailed on penalties.

Since BVB’s victory in 1996 (1-0 thanks to a goal from Stefan Reuter), the Madrid outfit have not lost on home soil against a German opponent. The subsequent 12 home games have produced eight victories and four draws.

But: Since their 1-0 home victory against Leverkusen in the 2019/20 group stages, Atlético have been on a six-match winless streak against German clubs (two draws, four defeats). The overall record against German clubs stands at 21 victories, 09 draws and 19 defeats.

The knockout record in clashes with German clubs: Atlético have gone through 12 times and have been eliminated on five occasions (including against BVB in 1966).

Diego Simeone’s side have reached the European Cup quarter-finals for the 12th time and for the seventh time in the last 11 seasons. They have progressed in three of their last six quarter-final ties.

Although the Spaniards have won all four of their Champions League home games this season, there have only been five wins in their last 15 home matches in European competition (plus seven stalemates and three defeats).

Borussia Dortmund facts

BVB came top of Group F ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Newcastle United (three wins, two draws and one defeat) and then got the better of PSV Eindhoven in the round of 16 (1-1 away, 2-0 at home).

Borussia have enjoyed the upper hand in three of their last four knockout ties against Spanish opposition: against Sevilla (round of 16 in 2021), Real Madrid (semi-final in 2013) and Malaga (quarter-final in 2013). Only in 2014 did BVB lose to Real in the quarter-final. After a 3-0 defeat in Spain, BVB had the opposition on the ropes in the return fixture at their own stadium but could only win 2-0.

The record in knockout matches against Spanish teams is positive: BVB have reached the next round on six occasions and have been knocked out three times.

Borussia have recorded 10 victories and three draws in their last 25 away matches at European level, while 12 games have ended in defeat. The Black & Yellows have already won in Newcastle and Milan this season.