Dortmund loses 2-1 to Zenit, still advances

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm •  Published: March 19, 2014
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DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund is in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the second consecutive season — although it looks far less intimidating than the team that reached the final last year.

Crippled by a series of injuries to key players and struggling at home this season, Dortmund was far from convincing in a 2-1 defeat to Zenit on Wednesday. However, the 4-2 victory in the first leg in St. Petersburg was enough for Juergen Klopp's side to win 5-4 on aggregate and seal its place in Friday's draw.

Hulk scored in the 16th for Zenit and captain Sebastian Kehl equalized for Dortmund in the 38th. Substitute Jose Rondon scored with a diving header in the 73rd to seal Zenit's win on the night, though it was an empty victory.

Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller turned away a late shot by Igor Smolnikov to prevent an even bigger defeat.

In the night's other match, Manchester United advanced with a 3-0 win over Olympiakos, courtesy of a hat trick by Robin van Persie and a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

"We surely didn't play a great game but we are in the quarterfinals," Kehl said.

"That goal by Kehl allowed us to calm down," said Klopp, who acknowledged the quality of the Russian side. "They can really play and they gave us some problems."

Dortmund will be without striker Robert Lewandowski for the first leg of the quarterfinals after he picked up his third yellow card of the competition for handling the ball.

"I thought I had been pushed from behind and that's why handled the ball," Lewandowski said. "The main thing is that we went through."

"The yellow card was laughable," Klopp said.