Half-Time Report: Borussia Dortmund on course for last eight

Half-Time Report: Dortmund on course for last eight
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Goals from Mario Gotze and Felipe Santana give Borussia Dortmund a 4-2 aggregate lead over Shakhtar Donetsk after the first half of their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie.

First-half strikes from Felipe Santana and Mario Gotze have put Borussia Dortmund in complete control of their Champions League last-16 tie with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Ukrainians now trail 4-2 on aggregate and need to score three unanswered goals in the second period to rescue their European campaign.

Santana added to a crucial away goal from his central defensive partner Mats Hummels in the reverse fixture with a powerful 10-yard header on the half-hour mark.

Dortmund's advantage was increased further when Gotze ghosted in-between two Shakhtar defenders and turned home Robert Lewandowski's cross.

The Polish striker had a chance to put the tie beyond doubt when he went clear before the break, but Tomas Hubschman capitalised on his hesitation to make a crucial intervention.

Brazilian Fernandinho had Shakhtar's only notable attempt of the opening 45 minutes, linking up with compatriot Taison before having a 20-yard shot blocked by Ilkay Gundogan.

Mario Gotze celebrates his goal on November 17, 2012
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