Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Zenit St Petersburg 2-4 Borussia Dortmund

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport
Robert Lewandowski

Borussia Dortmund took a giant stride towards the Champions League quarter-finals with a comfortable last-16 first-leg win at Zenit St Petersburg.

Dortmund made a rapid start as Henrikh Mkhitaryan swept in a loose ball after a dangerous run from Marco Reus, who cracked in a second 77 seconds later.

Oleg Shatov's low second-half shot gave Zenit hope, before Robert Lewandowski drilled in Dortmund's third.

Hulk's vicious penalty reduced the gap, only for Lewandowski to pounce again.

The Poland striker, who will move to Dortmund's arch rivals Bayern Munich in the summer, ensured the German side have a healthy - and fully deserved - two-goal advantage heading into next month's second leg.

Dortmund, who were beaten by Bayern in last season's Champions League final at Wembley, dominated their Russian hosts as they put their domestic woes to one side in a ruthless attacking display.

Jurgen Klopp's team have struggled in the Bundesliga this season, with the weekend's 3-0 defeat at lowly Hamburg leaving them 20 points adrift of leaders Bayern.

But they have fared much better on the European stage, progressing into the knockout stage from a tricky group containing Premier League title chasers Arsenal, big-spending Italian side Napoli and French runners-up Marseille.

Dortmund looked intent on making amends for their Bundesliga troubles and constantly threatened to hurt Zenit with swift and penetrating counter-attacks.

They were helped by some rusty defending from the home team, who had not played a competitive fixture since 11 December because of the mid-season Russian break.

The Russian leaders allowed Germany international Reus to weave into their penalty area and, despite being fouled by two home defenders, he stayed on his feet to feed Mkhitaryan for the opening goal.

Reus doubled the lead after collecting Kevin Grosskreutz's pass as Dortmund threatened to run riot in a devastating opening burst.

But Zenit managed to regroup after half-time and reduced the arrears following a chaotic scramble inside the Dortmund box. Venezuelan debutant Jose Rondon, who appeared to be in an offside position, hit the post before Oleg Shatov rifled in the loose ball.

The comeback lasted for only three minutes before Lewandowski combined with Poland team-mate Lukasz Piszczek to drill through the legs of Zenit goalkeeper Yuri Lodygin from 12 yards.

Zenit were given another lifeline when Scottish referee William Collum harshly adjudged that Piszczek had brought down Viktor Fayzulin. Brazil striker Hulk, who had missed his previous three penalties, thumped an unstoppable effort into the top right corner.

However, their defence switched off almost straight from the restart and Lewandowski drove in a fourth goal for the visitors to make their task in the return leg on 19 March look more straightforward.

Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti:

"We conceded the two quick goals. It made a big imprint on the match and as a matter of fact decided the game.

"We made too many ridiculous mistakes and were punished.

"You can't afford these kind of mistakes at this level against opponents like Borussia. If you do you pay a very high price."

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp:

"We were incredibly active and aggressive. It's not easy to do that. The team put in a fantastic performance.

"This was close to an optimal performance. We pressed to great effect against a dangerous team."

Line-ups

Zenit St Petersburg

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lodygin
  • 22AnyukovBooked at 54minsSubstituted forSmolnikovat 83'minutes
  • 4Criscito
  • 20FaizulinBooked at 81minsSubstituted forKerzhakovat 84'minutes
  • 13Neto
  • 6Lombaerts
  • 7Vieira de Souza
  • 28Witsel
  • 29Rondón
  • 17Shatov
  • 23ArshavinSubstituted forTymoshchukat 15'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Kerzhakov
  • 14Hubocan
  • 16Malafeev
  • 18Zyryanov
  • 19Smolnikov
  • 24Lukovic
  • 44Tymoshchuk

B Dortmund

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 26PiszczekBooked at 68mins
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 18Sahin
  • 2Friedrich
  • 25Papastathopoulos
  • 11ReusSubstituted forHofmannat 85'minutes
  • 5Kehl
  • 9Lewandowski
  • 10MkhitaryanSubstituted forAubameyangat 70'minutes
  • 19GroßkreutzSubstituted forDurmat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hofmann
  • 14Jojic
  • 17Aubameyang
  • 20Langerak
  • 23Schieber
  • 24Sarr
  • 37Durm
Referee:
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamZenit St PetersburgAway TeamB Dortmund
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, Borussia Dortmund 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Zenit St Petersburg 2, Borussia Dortmund 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg).

  4. Post update

    Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Erik Durm replaces Kevin Großkreutz.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg).

  10. Post update

    Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Jonas Hofmann replaces Marco Reus.

  12. Post update

    Luís Neto (Zenit St Petersburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Alexander Kerzhakov replaces Viktor Faizulin.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Zenit St Petersburg. Igor Smolnikov replaces Alexander Anyukov.

  16. Booking

    Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg).

  18. Post update

    Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Zenit St Petersburg. Conceded by Roman Weidenfeller.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hulk (Zenit St Petersburg) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Salomón Rondón.