| FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Borussia Dortmund 2:2 (1:1)|
|Season 2012/2013, Matchday 1, 13.02.2013 20:45|
|2-2: Lewandowski and Hummels offer BVB hope for the quarter-finals|
|[13.02.] Borussia Dortmund are in a decent position having worked extremely hard to get a 2-2 draw at the home of the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk. The result, courtesy of goals from Lewandowski and Hummels, sees them with every chance of progressing when the teams meet again at the Signal Iduna Park on 5 March.|
|Boris Rupert reports from Donetsk|
52,518 fans packed the sold-out Donbass-Arena, amongst them exactly 1909 BVB supporters, and everyone took a moment at the start of the game to think of those killed in an accident at the local airport just two hours prior to kick-off. Having paid their respects the crowd then witnessed a pacy game within which the hosts made the most of their first chance in eachhalf to take a 2-1 lead into the closing minutes. A direct free-kick from Srna (30 mins) and Costa (68) twice gave Shakhtar the lead only to be pegged back first by a Lewandowski strike on 41 minutes and then a thunderous header from Hummels (87 mins). BVB dominated proceedings for long periods and the draw means that they remain one of only four teams (the others being Schalke, Juventus and Malaga) who are so far unbeaten in the competition.
Having come out on top of the strongest-ever group with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax, BVB went into the game having been undefeated in 13 consecutive away games and travelled to the Ukraine looking to enhance a record against clubs from that country of five wins and a draw.
Donetsk qualified for this round in second place behind Juventus thus ousting the defending champions Chelsea from the competition. They also boasted an impressive season-record of 22 wins, a draw and just three defeats but it should be noted that those defeats all came in their last seven games.
|Sebastian Kehl celebrated his 33rd birthday with his 39th European game.|
Having to do without the ever reliable services of Gündogan and Großkreutz coach Klopp was thankful that Schmelzer was once again available after injury whilst he opted to stick with Santana and Hummels in central defence which meant that Subotic took his place on the bench. To shield this partnership Klopp selected Kehl and bender in defensive midfield whilst the attacking set-up remained the same as in recent games with Lewandowski able to take his place as his three-game ban does not count in either the Champions League or the German (DFB) Cup. The home side were without their central defender Kucher.
Both teams lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with the home side clearly hoping to capitalise on any BVB errors with swift counter-attacks as they allowed BVB plenty of possession.
The Game and Analysis:
BVB started their first knock-out game in the Champions League in nearly 15 years (the last being against Real Madrid in April 1998) with real purpose, starting well at the back save for one slip by Santana and creating alarm in the home defence through fine Kuba and Lewandowski efforts on 8 and 10 minutes respectively. Indeed, BVB almost took the lead when Hummels, charging in on a cross behind Santana, thundered a header against the bar after 17 minutes. Two minutes later, Reus tried his luck from distance only to see Pyatov in the home goal save his effort comfortably.
|Chances galore. Weidenfeller clears from Luiz Adriano.|
Shakhtar, who had been busy in two training camps and twelve friendlies as they endure the three-month winter break, only found their feet halfway through the first period after BVB had already clocked up eight shots on goal to their two. With just over half an hour gone a Santana foul on Luiz Adriano some 22 meters from goal led to Srna looping a shot over the ball and into the centre of the net to give the home side an undeserved lead.
|Lewandowski celebrates his goal that made it 1-1.|
It was the first time in this Champions League season that BVB had been behind but they did not let the setback affect them too much and they were soon down the other end with Kuba just pulling a shot wide on 39 minutes. Happily the equaliser was not long in coming when Götze, having seen his first cross blocked, tried again pulling the ball back slightly in the direction of Lewandowski. The Pol initially mis-kicked, but as the ball broke free, he calmly moved onto it and slotted the ball beyond the ´keeper and into the bottom corner of the net to notch his fifth goal in Europe this season. With 41 minutes gone it was 1-1. There was, though, still time for a moment of panic at the other end when Santana failed to stop the impressive Taison whose shot was only partially saved by Weidenfeller which meant Schmelzer had to be on hand to clear from the line.
BVB, the only German side to have won in Donetsk (2-0 in 2001), almost went ahead shortly after the re-start but Reus saw his shot blocked. The home side, too, went close through Mkhitaryan following a fine run past Hummels by the lively Luiz Adriano after 52 minutes.
|Chygrynskiy tries to dispossess Reus.|
However, just as in the first half, Shakhtar conjoured up a goal from nothing when substitute Costa latched onto a long ball which eluded Hummels and fired in an instant shot which left Weidenfeller no chance to make it 2-1 on 68 minutes. Five minutes later Lewandowski snapped in a volley from a Götze cross but saw it flash wide.
The equaliser did come at last, and it came from the head of Hummels who rammed home a header from Schmelzer´s corner to round off the evening´s scoring on 87 minutes and earn BVB a well-deserved draw.
Teams & Goals
UEFA Champions League, Last sixteen, first leg
FC SHAKHTAR DONETSK - BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-2 (1-1)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov - Srna, Chygrynskyy, Rakytskyy, Rat - Fernandinho, Hübschman - Teixeira, Mkhitaryan , Taison - Luiz Adriano
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer -Kehl, Bender - Blaszczykowski, Götze, Reus - Lewandowski
Substitutions: 62. Costa for Taison, 83. Eduardo for Teixeira - 80. Leitner for Blaszczykowski, 90.+1 Schieber for Reus
Goals: 1-0 Srna (31., direct free kick), 1-1 Lewandowski (41., Götze), 2-1 Costa (68., Rakytskyy), 2-2 Hummels (87., corner Schmelzer)
Corners: 4:6 (HT 4:1), Chances: 5:8 (2:4)
Referee: Webb (ENG), Yellow cards: Fernandinho
Attendance: 52.518 (sold out), Weather: misty, 1 degree Celsius
The decisive return leg takes place on 5 March at the Signal Iduna Park. BVB meet Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday (kick off 1530CET).