Wednesday evening sees Borussia Dortmund welcome Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg to Signal Iduna Park in UEFA Champion League Group F. The game kicks off at 21:00 CET. Here are the match facts.
The two losers from the opening round go head to head. While Borussia Dortmund deservedly lost 3-1 away at Lazio despite having more shots and Erling Haaland scoring his 11th goal in nine Champions League matches (for Salzburg and Dortmund), Zenit suffered a bitter defeat. The Russians looked to be on course to win after equalising at 1-1 – former Liverpool man Dejan Lovren's powerful 74th-minute strike went in thanks to a helping hand from the opposition goalkeeper – but Brugge struck on the counter in the third minute of stoppage time to claim a 2-1 victory.
Borussia Dortmund are facing only their fourth different Russian opponent in European competition. But it is their second meeting with Zenit St. Petersburg, whom they eliminated from the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League in the last 16 courtesy of a 4-2 win away and a 2-1 defeat at home. They have a positive record against Lok Moscow (2-1 and 3-0 in 2002/03) and Sparta Wladikawkas (1-0 and 0-0 in 1993/94) too, while they lost 1-0 away and won 2-1 at home against FC Krasnodar in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League group stages.
Borussia Dortmund facts
- Borussia Dortmund have won each of their last three home games in the UEFA Champions League (2-1 vs. PSG, 2-1 vs. Slavia Prague, 3-2 vs. Inter Milan) and lost only one of their last eight (W5 D2 L1).
- Axel Witsel played for Zenit between 2012 and 2017. During that period, he scored 22 goals in 180 games. He won the Russian title in 2014/15 and lifted the cup the following season.
Zenit St. Petersburg facts
- Including Soviet titles, Zenit won the league for the seventh time in their history in 2019/20. It was their second title in a row. The St. Petersburg-based outfit have won the league six times since 2007.
- Zenit are in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the eighth time and reached the knockout stages in 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2015/16. But they have never gone beyond the last 16.
- They finished bottom of a group with Leipzig, Lyon and Benfica in 2019/20, despite picking up seven points. It was their earliest exit from European competition since 2009/10.
- The club from St. Petersburg have won only three of their past 12 games at European level (D1 L8).
- Zenit are currently on a 12-match winless run away from home in European competition (D3 L9). Their last win on the road came on Matchday 6 of the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League as they beat Real Sociedad 3-1.
The match can be watched live on Sky. The BVB Net Radio will also be broadcasting live as per usual.
The Dutchman Björn Kuipers, 47, will be refereeing a Champions League game involving Borussia Dortmund for the fifth time. He has previously overseen two victories and two defeats: a 4-1 win and a 3-1 loss against Real Madrid, plus a 2-0 triumph at Slavia Prague and a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Compiled Boris Rupert