Fans deaths casts shadow over Dortmund draw
Published on Feb 14, 2013 5:55 AM
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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