Borussia Dortmund 1 Zenit St Petersburg 2 match report: Dortmund survive late Russian scare to go through
Borussia Dortmund win 5-4 on aggregate
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Wednesday 19 March 2014
Borussia Dortmund survived a spirited comeback from Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday night to make the Champions League quarter-finals for the second season in succession. Strikes in either half from Hulk and Salomon Rondon gave the Russian side victory on the night at the Westfalenstadion, but Jürgen Klopp’s outfit squeezed through 5-4 on aggregate to join fellow Germans Bayern Munich in tomorrow’s last eight draw.
Dortmund prevailed 4-2 in last month’s first leg in Russia but were quickly on the back foot last night. Hulk ran from the halfway line before beating Roman Weidenfeller with a fine shot from 25 yards to put the visitors ahead after 16 minutes, before Sebastian Kehl levelled on the night for last season’s finalists with a header before the interval – his first goal in 30 Champions League games.
The Venezuelan Rondon scored a second away goal for Zenit from a diving header with 17 minutes remaining but Dortmund, winners of the competition 17 years ago, held on to make the last eight.
Weidenfeller was called into action in the final minutes, turning away a late shot by Igor Smolnikov to prevent an even bigger defeat. Dortmund will be without striker Robert Lewandowski – who has already agreed to join Bayern Munich this summer – in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, after the 25-year-old picked up his second yellow card of the competition.
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