Classic Match Report- Borussia Dortmund (5) 3-0 (2) Shakhtar Donetsk- 5th March 2013
Borussia Dortmund have sauntered into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a dominating 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Signal Iduna Park, taking the German champions through with a 5-2 aggregate score.
Felipe Santana powerfully headed the home side in front just before half-time, as Shakhtar failed to impress with their defensive tactics.
Mario Gotze and Jakub Blaszczykowski added to the advantage to allow Dortmund to confidently stroll to victory and send a message to the rest of European football.
The atmosphere was electric inside the stadium, with the Dortmund fans living up to their reputation of one of the loudest in world football. They were cheering on a home side who were purring with confidence, as they started the game with chances.
Gotze’s clever pass sent Robert Lewandowski, but the usually lethal striker was foiled by a fantastic save by Andriy Pyatov in the away goal. Just after, Sven Bender smashed over from 40 yards with a poor effort, despite making a good opening.
It was only a matter of time before Dortmund took the lead but the goal came from an unlikely source. Gotze’s out-swinging corner was wonderful and Santana rose highest to power into the top corner with an amazing header, and the home fans were in full voice.
Just seven minutes later, Gotze doubled Dortmund’s lead. The tricky playmaker got on the end of Lewandowski’s low cross to place into the bottom corner with a stunningly calm finish. It was a piece of skill that showed the amount of class that the young German midfielder uses in his football.
Marco Reus is also carving out a great reputation, and his clever pass made another opportunity for Dortmund’s prolific Polish striker. However, Lewandowski took too long to get a shot away and Tomas Hubschman made a brilliant sliding block to stop a third goal going in.
The away side did create one chance in the first half, but Fernandinho’s dipping shot was tipped over by Roman Weidenfeller in Dortmund’s goal. Their defensive tactics made it easy for Dortmund in the first half, and the Ukrainian team knew they had to change it up after the interval.
Douglas Costa came on and made a huge impact straight away. His amazing run, where he went past four defenders, made space for a poked shot that was well saved by the Dortmund shot-stopper. Just after, Luis Adriano’s lay-off to the substitute was driven inches wide as Shakhtar enjoyed a spell of pressure on the Dortmund goal.
Up the other end, Reus was unlucky to see a pulsating free-kick pushed away by Pyatov before Gotze had a powerful shot from a tight angle well saved.
That good work by the Shakhtar goalkeeper was undone as Dortmund added a third goal thanks to a goalkeeping blunder. Pyatov fumbled Iker Gundogan’s shot into the path of Blaszczykowski, and the winger smartly finished off the game and the tie.
With the win, Dortmund sent a huge message to the rest of the teams left in the Champions League. They want that trophy.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)