BVB qualified for the quarterfinals of the konigsklasse for the first time in 15 years. Dortmund thus became the first german team to qualify for the round of the best eight, with FC bayern munich and FC schalke 04 to follow in the coming week.
In front of 65,413 spectators at the dortmunder arena, central defender felipe santana (31) sealed the victory.), who had only secured his place in the team due to mats hummels’ flu illness, midfield star mario gotze (36.) and jakub blaszczykowski (59.) getting ahead. In the eighth-final first leg three weeks ago, both teams had separated 2:2. This is the first time since the 1997/98 season that BVB has reached the quarterfinals of the konigsklasse, when the black-and-yellow team, as defending champions, was eliminated in the semifinals.
"This is an unusual moment for us. The whole champions league season has gone like hot cakes up to this point. The team plays as usual. That was strong from the first to the last minute," enthused klopp. Even the brilliant gotze spoke of a "great game". According to captain sebastian kehl, BVB "played with concentration and determination."And sports director michael zorc was also overjoyed. "I am relieved that we have moved into the next round. We more than deserved to move on after the two games," said zorc. But he did not want to think about a possible title chance yet. "We are first of all happy that we are in the quarterfinals."
In this condition, however, the youngsters from dortmund, who had been declared secret favorites by sir alex ferguson, were also allowed to play in the next round (2./3. And 9./10. April) are still possible. As in the victories against ajax amsterdam, real madrid and manchester city in the group stage, BVB presented itself from its very best side. Tactically disciplined on the defensive side, the dortmund team celebrated one-way soccer at times. This also pays off financially. 3.9 million euros in the coffers of the dortmund team, which has already earned around 40 million euros in the current season.
Strong gotze was the starting point of dortmund’s first scoring chance in the twelfth minute. On the pass of the exceptional technician, goalkeeper robert lewandowski was free in front of goalkeeper andrej pjatow, but the shakhtjor goalkeeper was on the spot. Shortly afterwards, gotze just missed after a pass from marcel schmelzer (16. ). The surprisingly defensive ukrainians were hopelessly outclassed in this phase, while the BVB had the right balance. Without deflating the defense, the westphalians pressed the tempo and created many good opportunities for themselves.
The logical consequence was after a good half hour the first champions league goal of santana after corner of gotze (31.). Six minutes later gotze did it himself after being set up by lewandowski. And the ukrainians, who after all had knocked out defending champions FC chelsea? More than a chance by fernandinho was not possible for schachtjor, which started the second round of the premjer liga after 91 days on the weekend.
In the second half, the hosts needed a bit to find their game again. After a few dicey situations (chances by douglas costa and fernandinho), it was shakhtyor’s keeper pjatow who invited blaszczykowski to score the third goal with a serious blunder. Gotze (64.) and marco reus (80.) then missed an even higher victory.