Borussia Dortmund are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League despite losing 2-1 at home to Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.
Hulk and Salomon Rondon did the business for the guests at Signal-Iduna-Park, but their goals bookended a superb Sebastian Kehl header late in the first half.
In the end, it was Dortmund’s 4-2 win in Russia that allowed them to progress—the victory setting the stage for a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Dortmund players.
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Weidenfeller: Had no chance whatsoever on the Hulk golazo.
Piszczek: Not looking match-fit and struggling opposite Shatov and Danny.
Hummels: Started the goalscoring play with a lovely pass to Grosskreutz.
Sokratis: His breakout passes have been abysmal.
Schmelzer: Delivered a delightful cross for Kehl to head into goal.
Sahin: Completed less than two thirds of his passes in the first half.
Kehl: Made an instinctive run into the goalmouth to meet Schmelzer’s cross.
Aubameyang: Drawing fouls, but not creating all that much offensively.
Mkhitaryan: Yet to take a shot at target.
Grosskreutz: Tested Malafeev with a spectacular drive midway through the first half.
Lewandowski: His yellow card for handball means he’ll miss the first leg of a potential quarterfinal.
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Weidenfeller: Was let down by his defenders on the Rondon winner.
Piszczek: Appeared well off the pace by his standards.
Hummels: Had a mental breakdown as Criscito’s cross came in for Rondon to score.
Sokratis: Dortmund’s defense will be a rather nervy unit as long as he is in it.
Schmelzer: Left the match in the 77th minute with an injury.
Sahin: No Dortmund player touched the ball more, and he also executed an impressive five tackles.
Kehl: The inspirational captain led by example on a difficult night.
Aubameyang: He shows flashes but rarely the finished product.
Mkhitaryan: Took one shot before being replaced by Jojic midway through the second half.
Grosskreutz: He and Jojic established something of an understanding in the latter minutes.
Lewandowski: Fought a running battle with Hubocan and struggled to find openings.
Jojic: The creative 22-year-old brought an element of energy into the match upon his introduction.
Durm: Made only seven touches in a late cameo appearance.
Hofmann: Came on as a time-wasting substitution.