Dortmund 2-0 Spartak Moscow (CL Last 16)

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Borussia Dortmund kept their first clean-sheet in seven matches to progress through to the last eight of the UEFA Champions League with a well-earned victory over Spartak Moscow in the first European tie at Signal Iduna Park for fifteen weeks.

Surman made four changes from the side that beat Hamburg 3-1 last Friday – one enforced – with Felipe Santana unavailable with a virus. Koch, Gündogan and Großkreutz made for the bench, with Andreas Beck, Viktor Fischer and Marc Hornschuh taking their places in the starting XI.

Early exchanges were even, with the Russian champions pushing forwards and having the better of the midfield battle, as they needed to score at least twice tonight, but it was the hosts who took the first chance when Robert Lewandowski headed home from Julian Schieber’s cross midway through the first half.

They took the goal advantage into the break, and used the momentum to push Spartak back into their own half following the interval, with Marco Reus and Viktor Fischer creating chances. However, it was Jakub Blaszczykowski’s introduction with 25 minutes to play that sealed progression.

With the side encouraged to start testing the ‘keeper more, he slotted home with his first touch after great work from Fischer to double the lead and put Dortmund 4-1 up over the two legs. Surman pulled men back behind the ball in order to keep a morale-boosting clean sheet, and duly escaped with one following some late, last-ditch heroics from Katsouranis.

Dortmund join Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus in the final eight, with the remaining Second Leg ties being played next week. The win earns BVB £3.04m in prize money from UEFA.


   UEFA Champions League - First Knockout Round, Second Leg

            BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2-0 SPARTAK MOSCOW (4-1 agg)
               Lewandowski 23
            Blaszczykowski 70
                                              Att: 63,583*

 Signal Iduna Park. Dry 10°C. Ref: J.Laperrière (Switzerland)
                                (*reduced capacity of 65,590)

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       BORUSSIA DORTMUND       |        SPARTAK MOSCOW
 1. R.Weidenfeller (c)    7.2  | 31. Andriy Dykan          6.7
 2. Andreas Beck          7.2  | 15. Sergey Parshivlyuk    6.8
 4. Neven Subotic         8.0  |  4. Nicolas Pareja        6.8
17. Marc Hornschuh        7.7  | 17. Marek Suchy       [Y] 7.3
 3. Marcel Schmelzer      7.3  | 34. Evgeny Makeev     [Y] 6.8
 6. Sven Bender       [*] 8.3  | 37. Romulo                7.9
26. Dennis Praet          7.0² | 21. Kim Källström         7.0
11. Marco Reus            7.0¹ | 10. Andrey Arshavin       7.0
 7. Viktor Fischer        7.0  | 25. D.Bilyaletdinov (c)   7.3
 9. RObert Lewandowski    7.5  | 23. Dmitry Kombarov       7.0¹
23. Julian Schieber       8.0³ | 22. Artem Dzyuba          6.0²
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20. Mitchell Langerak      .   | 20. Dmitry Koval           .
 8. Ilkay Gündogan        6.8² |  6. Rafael Carioca         .
16. Lasse Sobiech          .   | 11. Welliton              6.5²
19. Kevin Großkreutz       .   | 16. Demy de Zeeuw         6.8¹
22. Julian Koch            .   | 55. Nikolay Fadeev         .
28. Kostas Katsouranis    n/a³ | 58. Alexandr Putsko        .
30. Jakub Blaszczykowski  7.3¹ | 74. Valentin Vinnichenko   .

Match report by @realtimeFM:

“Spartak Moscow are on a high and that form should be enough to get them a victory over Dortmund today. The Red and Whites should be strong enough to overturn Dortmund’s one goal lead from the first leg.” – Tom Wallace, World Soccer Magazine.

[00] Dortmund get us underway in a tie that Spartak need to score at least twice to progress without penalties.

[03] Julian Schieber has the first effort of the night, speculatively firing wide from outside the box. Confident start from the home side.

[06] Artem Dzyuba heads over from six yards out after good work down the right by Andrey Arshavin. Replays show it grazed the top of the bar on the way over.

[07] There’s one other Second Leg tie being played tonight, Manchester United at home to Schalke. The English side hold a 2-0 lead.

[08] Neven Subotic pulls down Dzyuba near the corner flag and concedes a free-kick. Today’s referee from Switzerland isn’t one to hesitate in dishing out the cards… but he does this time. Let off.

[14] Arshavin again gets away down the right. Subotic heads his cross behind for the first corner of the match. Spartak captain Diniyar Bilyaletdinov heads over the top at the near post.

[15] Dortmund clear, counter, and win their own corner thanks to Dennis Praet’s surging run.

[18] Even so far, though Dortmund need to stop trying to play through the middle where they’re outnumbered, and outmuscled, by the five-man Spartak midfield.

[18] Julian Schieber chases a ball forwards from Andreas Beck, and puts Nicolas Pareja under pressure. The Spartak defender takes a bad touch and plays Schieber clean through. He rounds the ‘keeper but can only hit the post from the tight angle. Spartak scramble it away.

[19] Viktor Fischer puts the ball right across the face of the six-yard box but neither Lewandowski or Schieber can get a touch.

[23] 1-0 DORTMUND! Praet slips a ball throuigh to Schieber who clips it first time across the penalty area for Robert Lewandowski to send a looping header over Andriy Dykan to give Dortmund the lead on the night, 3-1 on aggregate.

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[25] Bilyaletdinov screws a low shot wide from 18 yards after Arshavin takes control with a quick throw-in.

[25] Manchester United are in front at Old Trafford. Schalke centre-back Benedikt Höwedes has put through his own net. United now 3-0 up on aggregate.

[27] Arshavin is getting the better of Schmelzer every time he goes forward. Puts crosses into the box, or cuts inside and tests Weidenfeller. They win a corner when Hornschuh heads behind.

[30] Spartak firing long shots towards Weidenfeller’s goal but haven’t tested him yet.

[32] Dortmund win their second corner when Reus’s cross is put behind. Cleared away but Viktor Fischer gets it back in to the six-yard box. Another corner.

[33] Shinji Kagawa has put Manchester United two-up at home to Schalke, 4-0 on aggregate. Dortmund looking likely to be the only German side in the last eight.

[36] Evgeny Makeev is cautioned for a lunge on Julian Schieber wide on the touchline. Good chance for Praet to get the ball in towards goal here.

[37] The free-kick drops right across the six-yard box, and Andreas Beck is a whisker away from beating Dykan to the ball for a second goal. Brave goalkeeping.

[37] Lewandowski puts Dykan under pressure and the ‘keeper panics, putting it out for a throw.

[39] Reus runs at Makeev, who makes a clean challenge for the corner. Dortmund’s wide men starting to come into this match more.

[40] Gray Surman berates Marcel Schmelzer after a terribly sloppy pass after a short corner gifts the ball to Arshavin. He breaks forwards and plays in Dmitry Kombarov. His fierce shot from 25 yards needs to be tipped over the top by Roman Weidenfeller.

[41] Schieber nods the ball down ten yards out from Lewandowski’s cross, but Praet can’t get any power in his volley and it’s saved easily.

[42] Lewandowski gets away from his man at the near post but has a snap-shot pushed wide for another corner. It drops nicely for Fischer on the edge of the box but he hits it over the bar.

[44] Praet curls a free-kick wide from 25 yards after Lewandowski is fouled by Pareja. surman encouraging his side to take their own chances.

[45] Kagawa has a second for Man United, 3-0 on the night, 5-0 on aggregate.

[45] One minute of additional time to be played here.

[45+1] Andreas Beck is unlucky as he gets a slight touch stretching to intercept a ball, which runs out for a corner. Meanwhile, Schalke have pulled a goal back through Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar at Old Trafford.

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HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund (3) 1-0 (1) Spartak Moscow (CL16, 2nd Leg)

[46] We’re back underway, and Spartak concede possession early on, giving Marco Reus the chance to burst away down the right. He fires a low ball across the face of goal but Fischer can’t get on the end of it.

[51] Fischer wins a corner off the legs of Pavluja. Spartak head it away, as they have all evening. Deliveries need to beat the man at the near post.

[52] Nani has put Man United 4-1 up (6-1 agg).

[53] Make that 5-1! Nani with a quickfire brace. Schalke collapsing at Old Trafford.

[54] Dennis Praet whips a free-kick in for Lewandowski to head towards goal. Dykan saves, there’s a scramble and the ball rolls over the line but the BVb striker has been penalised for a foul. No real complaints from Dortmund.

[55] Neat work from Spartak in the final third, eventually Makeev is played through but his first-time shot bends wide from 15 yards.

[57] Beck plays a ball back to Marco Reus on the edge of the box and his fierce shot is beaten away by Dykan.

[62] Fischer and Schieber exchange passes on the edge of the area but neither can get a shot away.

[62] Substitution for Spartak¹: Demy de Zeeuw replaces Kombarov (7.0).

[64] Great challenge from young centre-back Marc Hornschuh, Spartak have a corner. He heads the delivery away too.

[66] Corner for Dortmund, Lewandowski holding the ball up until he’s challenged. Pareja gets it away.

[66] Substitution for Dortmund¹: Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces Reus (7.0).

[70] 2-0 DORTMUND! What a substitution that turned out to be! Fischer gets to the goal line after neat work down the left by Schmelzer and Lewandowski, he pulls it back to Jakub Blaszczykowski who slots it home from eight yards with his first touch. 4-1 on aggregate.

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[70] Second change for Spartak²: Welliton is on for Dzyuba (6.0).

[72] Marek Suchy is cautioned after he trips Blaszczykowski who was bursting down the right-wing. Marc Hornschuh heads inches over the bar after Praet whips the free-kick in.

[73] Substitution for Dortmund²: Ilkay Gündogan replaes Praet (7.0).

[74] Blaszczykowski skips away from Makeev and Suchy, cutting inside before curling a shot just round the post.

[75] Fifteen minutes for Spartak to score three goals. Dortmund looking for their first clean sheet in seven matches.

[82] Arshavin lofts a cross in towards the far post but Spartak aren’t committing men forwards anymore. It catches in the wind and drops wide, but too close for comfort.

[85] Schieber drills a shot towards the top corner from fully thirty yards out. It’s beaten away by Dykan. Five minutes to go here. The tie’s won for Dortmund, but they’ll be very keen to keep a clean sheet today.

[86] They’re living dangerously on that front. Bilyaletdinov is given far too much time and he’s denied by a smart save by Weidenfeller from 18 yards out. The rebound falls to de Zeeuw, but he somehow misses the target.

[88] Final change for Dortmund³: Kostas Katsouranis replaces Schieber ().

[89] Sven Bender is given the man-of-the-match award for his strong performance in front of Dortmund’s back four.

[90] Two additional minutes.

[90+2] Inside the final ten seconds, Arshavin cuts inside from the right and puts a low cross right into the six-yard box. It’s a simple tap-in for Romulo, but Katsouranis makes a stunning block to shut him out.

FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund (4) 2-0 (1) Spartak Moscow (CL16, 2nd Leg)

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