Dortmund stroll past Shakhtar challenge
Borussia Dortmund’s Felipe Santana heads home his side’s opening goal against Shakhtar Donetsk during their Champions League match in Dortmund. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters
Borussia Dortmund 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 (Dortmund win 5-2 on aggregate):Former European Cup winners Borussia Dortmund marched into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years with a comprehensive victory over their Ukrainian opponents at the BVB stadium.
First-half goals from central defender Felipe Santana, a replacement for Mats Hummels, and Mario Goetze effectively killed off the tie following the 2-2 first-leg draw.
Jakub Blaszczykowski’s close-range effort on the hour buried any lingering hopes for Shakhtar who had come out fighting in the second half.
The Bundesliga champions have now won every home game in the competition this season after also beating Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and Manchester City in the group stage.
The 1997 Champions League winners, who have played second fiddle to Bayern Munich in Germany this season, quickly took control of the game.
Striker Robert Lewandowski almost put them in front when Goetze sent him through with a defence-splitting pass and the Polish international’s shot was blocked by goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.
The hosts kept up the pressure but their finishing was less than clinical. There was nothing complicated about Santana’s header in the 31st minute, the Brazilian rising high above marker Yaroslav Rakitskiy to nod in a corner at the near post.
Goetze made it 2-0 in the 37th minute when he tapped in a well-timed Lewandowski cross with Shakhtar defenders again exposed.
The Ukrainians almost pulled one back on the restart with substitute Douglas Costa firing narrowly wide as the visitors poured forward in search of a quick goal.
Pyatov, though, spilled a tame shot from Ilkay Guendogan into the path of Blaszczykowski and he grabbed Dortmund’s third.