BVB put on their best European display of the season to set-up a last sixteen tie against Ajax in the UEFA Europa League with a 5-1 victory over an Anderlecht side who finished the game with nine men tonight.
The visitors needed to score at least three times in order to progress against the winners of the Zenit-Ajax match and against a Dortmund side who’d made five changes from the 4-2 first leg win in Brussels, they started the far brighter of the two sides but failed to test Roman Weidenfeller in goal.
Surman made a change on the half-hour, withdrawing Sven Bender and going with two up-top, bringing on Robert Lewandowski to partner Julian Schieber and with half-time approaching the two strikers combined to play through Lars Bender who slotted home the opening goal.
By the time the second-half started, all six substitutes had been made as the tie looked over and when Julian Koch knocked home a corner with a little over fifteen minutes to play, it effectively was. By this point Anderlecht were down to ten men after Ivan Stoyanov was stretchered off.
The Koch goal sparked s crazy two minutes where the sides traded two further goals. First Tom de Sutter headed home a corner for 2-1 before Lars Bender nodded home a Lewandowski cross to restore the two-goal lead on the night.
Anderlecht then lost captain Olivier Deschacht to injury inside the final seven minutes, which gave Dortmund too much space and they added further goals from set-pieces when Mats Hummels headed home before André Schürrle saw Silvio Proto spill his narrow-angle shot over the line.
Ajax drew 2-2 in Russia after winning last week’s first leg 3-1, and they’ll be the next visitors to Signal Iduna Park in this competition when the last sixteen ties kick-off in a fortnight.
Welcome to Signal Iduna Park where Borussia Dortmund have one foot in the last sixteen, but still need to see off the challenge of Belgian champions Anderlecht tonight. They have a two-goal advantage from last week’s first leg in Brussels, and four valuable away goals.
Dortmund have made five changes from that match, both full-backs change with Röcker and Koch in, while Felipe Santana, Julian Schieber, and Viktor Fischer all impressed in Sunday’s friendly at Chicago Fire and are rewarded with a competitive start.
Two changes for Anderlecht, with Alexis Scholl and Funso Ojo starting as their full-backs. Thirty-goal partnership of Tom de Sutter and David Texeira lead their line oncemore.
Anderlecht need to score three goals here in order to progress. No one has managed that since Schalke’s Bundesliga win in April 2013 which comdemned former manager Jürgen Klopp to the chop.
 Today’s match officials are from Norway and they get us under way on this freezing night in Dortmund. The visitors kick-off. We’ll bring you significant goal updates from tonight’s fifteen other ties.
 Thorgen Hazard has the first effort as Anderlecht start brightly, looking for an early goal. He hits the side netting from a tight angle after a long ball over the top. Half-chance at best, but a reminder for Dortmund to stay focused.
 Texeira wins Anderlecht a corner when he gets behind the back line, but for a challenge from Röcker to put the ball behind. Dortmund clear away.
 Some early goals to report: Fiorentina are ahead against Málaga to level the tie at 1-1. Mainz are ahead against Rubin Kazan extending their aggregate lead to 5-1, and Julian Draxler has put Schalke in front against Celtic but they trail 1-2. Meanwhile, James Rodriguez has missed a penalty for Potro at home to Vitesse, tie poised at 1-1.
 Texeira is creating lots of space for himself in front of the Dortmund defence, who ned to tighten up. Sven bender gives the visitors the chance to get the ball intop the box with a trip on Ojo five yards outside the right of the box. Santana heads the delivery away.
 Texeira fires high and wide after a positive run towards goal. Dortmund haven’t got into the game yet.
 Surman barks out orders as Röcker takes a quick throw-in on the left, launching the ball into towards Lars Bender who wins Dortmund their first corner. Proto has an easy save to make from a Santana header.
 Zenit are ahead at home to Ajax through Kerzhakov, reducing the aggregate score to 1-3 in the Dutch team’s favour. Winners of that tie meet Dortmund or Anderlecht in the last sixteen.
 Momar Bangoura is cautioned as he clatters through the back of Cimo Röcker.
 Silvio Proto slices a clearance up into the air, but the ball just drops short of a charging Lars Bender who was looking to lash the loose ball home from the edge of the box.
 Change for Dortmund as Robert Lewandowski replaces Sven Bender (6.7) who looks like he’s tweaked a muscle. Lewandowski involved right away, brought down by Deschacht. Reus curls the free-kick straight at Proto.
 The introduction looks a smart on as Lewandowski has the physical presence up front to unsettle the Anderlecht defence. Lars Bender has a go from a Fischer nod-down, but fires over the top.
 Reus wins Dortmund a corner with a pacey run into the box. Praet whips a corner in for Hummels, but the Dortmund skipper has his effort blocked on the line.
 Röcker sends a deep cross toards the far post where Reus meets it on the volley but he’s off-target from a tight angle.
 Siem de Jong has scored twice in quick succession for Ajax who now lead 2-1 at Zenit, 5-1 on aggregate. Elsewhere, Sporting are ahead on aggregate after taking a two-goal lead against Olympiakos, and Inter lead 2-1 at Düsseldorf.
 DORTMUND 1-0 ANDERLECHT: The hosts go in front, extending the aggregate lead, and likely killing off any Anderlecht hopes. It’s Lars Bender who starts and finishes a neat passing move as he cuts a way through the middle, with Lewandowski and Schieber involved to play him through and he slots past Proto.
 Anderlecht make a change. Chencel Mbemba replaces Scholl (6.1).
 Sounds like a cracking match in Mainz as Rubin have come from two-down to level it up at 2-2, but Mainz still looking like going through with a 6-3 aggregate lead.
 Tom de Sutter hits a daisy-cutter wide after a positive run towards the edge of the box. One additional minute indicated by the officials.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 RSC Anderlecht (5-2) (Europa League).
[HT] Two changes at the break for Dortmund: On come André Schürrle for Fischer (6.2) and Ivan Perisic makes his first appearance since December after missing eleven matches through injury. He replaces Praet (7.0).
[HT] Anderlecht have also used their last two subs as well: On come Ivan Stoyanov and Gabriel Méndez for Hazard (7.0) and Ojo (6.6).
[HT] Here’s the latest scores from the other ties: Fiorentina 1-0 Malaga (1-1), Aston Villa 1-0 Dynamo Kyiv (4-1), Atletico Madrid 0-0 Maritimo (3-1), Düsseldorf 1-2 Inter (2-3), Bordeaux 1-1 Trabzonspor (3-3), Lazio 1-1 Galatasaray (3-3), Leverkusen 1-0 CSKA Moscow (2-1), Mainz 2-2 Rubin Kazan (6-3), Man City 0-0 Spartak (1-0), Porto 3-0 Vitesse (4-1), Schalke 1-0 Celtic (1-2), Shakhtar 3-1 Sion (5-1), Sporting 2-0 Olympiakos (2-1), Toulouse 2-0 Roma (6-0), Zenit 2-2 Ajax (2-5).
 Let’s go! Dortmund forty-five minutes away from a likely last sixteen match against Ajax.
 Schürrle wins Dortmund a corner with a fast-paced run down the left before he cuts inside and sees his cross deflect behind off Juhász.
 David Texeira is cautioned after he leaves a foot in on Felipe Santana.
 Ivan Stoyanov is in trouble after he twists awkwardly in a challenge with Cimo Röcker. The Dortmund man not at fault, but Anderlecht are going to play the rest of the game with ten men.
 Porto now lead Vitesse 4-0, and 5-1 on aggregate. Schalke have levelled their tie against Celtic at 2-2 after doubling their lead at home.
 Méndez fouls Reus right by the corner flag. Perisic sends the free-kick deep but Juhász heads away.
 Méndez bends a long-range effort wide of Weidenfeller’s goal.
 Okazaki has a hat-trick for Porto, who now lead Vitesse 5-0.
 Game has somewhat petered out after Anderlecht have gone down to ten men. They’re getting men behind the ball and stifling Dortmund, who seem confident of progression.
 Great chance for Lewandowski as Reus ghosts round the back at the far post and pulls back a Lars Bender cross, but the Polish striker fires over the top from 15 yards out.
 Schürrle fires wide from the edge of the box.
 Koch wins a corner when his cross is put behind.
 DORTMUND 2-0 ANDERLECHT: No more than the hosts deserve as they double the lead through Julian Koch who won the corner with a positive run down the right. Santana flicks on Perisic’s deliver and Koch arrives at the far post to knock home.
 Dos Santos smashes a shot towards the top corner from fully 25 yards, and it takes a great save from Weidenfeller to deny him.
 DORTMUND 2-1 ANDERLECHT: Tom De Sutter pumps the air with his fist in front of the travelling pocket of RSCA fans as he heads home a corner, beating Santana at the near post to divert Méndez’s delivery past Weidenfeller.
 DORTMUND 3-1 ANDERLECHT: Three goals in 130 seconds here, could we be on for a third consecutive 4-2 scoreline between these two sides? From the kick-off, Reus brings the ball forwards, finds Lewandowski who chips to the far post for Lars Bender to nod home his second of the night.
 The ball drops kindly for Texeira on the edge of the penalty arc but he scuffs a shot wide.
 It’s not getting better for Anderlecht as they’ve now lost Olivier Deschacht to injury. He collides heavily with Lewandowski and is helped off. Visitors down to nine men.
 Méndez blasts a shot at goal from 25 yards out which ends up by the corner flag. Dortmund counter and win a corner.
 DORTMUND 4-1 ANDERLECHT: The 4-2 scoreline is on as Mats Hummels takes advantage of the numerical advantage to head home Ivan Perisic’s corner delivered into the near post.
 Reus wins a corner, he’s got the freedom of the entire right flank.
 DORTMUND 5-1 ANDERLECHT: Juhász clears Perisic’s corner, but it only goes as far as André Schürrle just on the edge of the box. He darts to the goal line and drills a ball at Silvio Proto who stops it, then fumbles it onto the post and in for a fifth. Own goal.
 Two additional minutes. There’s a lot of goals in tonight’s Europa League ties! Roma were three-down at Tolouse, but they’ve levelled it at 3-3 late on. Alas, they’re 3-7 down on aggregate.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 5-1 RSC Anderlecht (9-3) (Europa League). [PKM]
Dortmund started slowly and had to dig deep early on as Anderlecht came at them with desire to get the goals back that they so badly needed, but Lars Bender put Dortmund beyond reach just before the break. A crazy three minutes saw the sides trade three goals as the game opened up when Anderlecht went down to ten men, before a further two late goals for Dortmund who now had a two-man advantage.
It’s another weekend off for Dortmund, they’re back in action on Wednesday at Leverkusen in the Pokal Quarter-Finals.
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- 07.03: Bundesliga #24 Schalke v. BVB (Veltins-Arena)
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- 15.03: Bundesliga #26 BVB v. Fortuna Düsseldorf (Signal Iduna Park)
- 19.03: Europa League 2.2 Ajax v. BVB (Amsterdam ArenA)