St Petersburg, 26 February
Coach Jurgen Klopp said Borussia Dortmund had produced a near-perfect performance to leave them on the verge of the Champions League’s quarterfinals after routing Zenit St Petersburg away on Tuesday.
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski (in afp photo) scored twice as Dortmund romped to a 4-2 win at Zenit’s Petrovsky Stadium in the last 16, first-leg clash.
Klopp was delighted as Borussia bounced back from Saturday’s shock 3-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Hamburg in the Bundesliga to dominate Zenit.
Last season’s finalists raced into a 2-0 lead with goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus inside the first five minutes to leave the Russians reeling. The hosts pulled two goals back after the break as central midfielder Oleg Shatov scored, then Brazil’s Hulk converted a penalty.
But on both occasions Dortmund responded almost immediately as Lewandowski scored twice toi give the German side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg next month. "That was close to an optimal performance," said Klopp. "In terms of pressing and counter pressing, that was a copybook performance from us against a dangerous team.