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Football: Zenit bow out despite win at Dortmund

Published on Mar 20, 2014 5:59 AM
Borussia Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz (left), coach Juergen Klopp and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (right) celebrating their team's progress in the Champions League after the match against Zenit St Petersburg in Dortmund on March 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

DORTMUND (AFP) - Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals despite going down 2-1 at home to Zenit St Petersburg in the last 16 second-leg clash on Tuesday, March 19, 2014.

Dortmund went through 5-4 on aggregate after winning the first-leg in St Petersburg 4-2 three weeks ago.

But the Zenit defeat was Dortmund's third Champions League loss of the season after defeats at Napoli and home to Arsenal in the group stages and this was a below-par performance from last season's finalists.

Brazil star Hulk, a constant threat on the left wing, gave Zenit an early lead with a superb strike before Dortmund drew level when veteran captain Sebastian Kehl headed their equaliser just before the break.

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