St Petersburg: Borussia Dortmund struck twice in the first five minutes and Robert Lewandowski grabbed a second-half double as last season’s Champions League runners-up won 4-2 at Zenit St Petersburg in their last 16 first-leg tie, on Tuesday.
Dortmund got off to a flying start when Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus scored two quickfire goals to stun Zenit.
A dramatic second-half spell saw four goals in 14 minutes as Oleg Shatov and Hulk, with a penalty, scored for Zenit and Lewandowski quickly came up with a reply for the visitors. Zenit, trying to reach the quarter finals for the first time, were left with an almost impossible task of having to score at least three goals in the return tie on March 19.
Zenit were quickly in trouble as Reus burst into the area and, although he stumbled, the ball ran to Mkhitaryan and the Armenian fired the ball past Yuri Lodygin.
The Zenit goalkeeper had to pick the ball out of his net again 70 seconds later after Mkhitaryan burst down the right and found Kevin Grosskreutz who laid the ball off for Reus . (REUTERS)