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Fans deaths casts shadow over Dortmund draw

Published on Feb 14, 2013 5:55 AM
Tomas Hubschman (R) of FC Shakhtar fights for the ball with Marco Reus (L) of Borussia Dortmund during their UEFA Champions League round 16 football match in Donetsk on February 13, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

DONETSK, Ukraine (AFP) - Germany defender Mats Hummels's late header gave Borussia Dortmund a Champions League lifeline with a 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk in Wednesday's last 16, first-leg, clash.

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.

A minute's silence was held as a mark of respect. 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.

"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."

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