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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Football

Dortmund draw level after tragedy strikes
AFP
Donetsk, February 15, 2013
First Published: 00:53 IST(15/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:57 IST(15/2/2013)

Germany defender Mats Hummels said Borussia Dortmund are relishing their Champions League last 16, second-leg, clash at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in a fortnight after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw in Ukraine.

Dortmund twice came from behind and were heading towards their first European defeat of the season before centre-back Hummels powered home from a corner, three minutes from time.

However, Dortmund’s impressive result will be overshadowed by the deaths of five fans and 12 injured when a plane from Odessa, south Ukraine, carrying 45 people crashed while landing at Donetsk airport, just hours before kick-off.

The plane overshot the runway at Donetsk airport as it attempted to execute an emergency landing and broke up. A minute’s silence was held as a mark of respect.

The draw means Dortmund are unbeaten in Europe and Hummels said Dortmund have all to play for in the second leg at Borussia’s Signal Iduna Park on March 5.

“It is important that we are going into the second leg level and a 0-0 would see us through,” said Hummels.

“Certainly there were a few dangerous moments in defence, but against such an attack-minded team you can never avoid this. We were twice behind, so that is a fantastic consolation result.”

Donetsk captain Darijo Srna’s free-kick was cancelled out by a first-half equaliser from Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski before Brazilian Douglas Costa restored Shakhtar’s advantage 22 minutes from time.

Hummels’ header puts Dortmund in pole position to reach the quarter-finals for the second-leg at Borussia’s Signal Iduna Park in a fortnight.

Having beaten Real Madrid, Manchester United and Ajax to win Group D, Dortmund came perilously close to joining current holders Chelsea in suffering defeat at Shakhtar’s notoriously tricky Donbass Arena.


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