Match Analysis: Borussia Dortmund (5)3-0(2) Shakhtar Donetsk

Match Analysis: Dortmund (5)3-0(2) Shakhtar
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Sports Mole dissects the Champions League decider between Borussia Dortmund and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 1998 with a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk tonight.

Felipe Santana and Mario Gotze got Jurgen Klopp's men off to a flier before Jakub Blaszczykowski took advantage of calamitous defending to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory.

Shakhtar showed promise on the counter but were unable to stop Dortmund confirming their status as a side to avoid in this season's competition.

Here, Sports Mole looks back at a statement of intent from the reigning Bundesliga champions.

Match statistics:

Dortmund:
Shots 18
On target 11
Possession 54%
Corners 8
Fouls 8

Shakhtar:
Shots 14
On target 7
Possession 46%
Corners 6
Fouls 12

Was the result fair?

Dortmund fully merited their emphatic victory thanks to an all-action display which featured energy and desire all over the pitch. Shakhtar threatened fleetingly on the break but were outclassed for long spells and ultimately paid the price for conceding twice at home in the first leg.

Dortmund's performance

Slick interplay and pressing high on the pitch have been Dortmund trademarks under Jurgen Klopp, and tonight was no different. A fluid trio of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze wreaked havoc all night with slick passing and movement that Shakhtar could not match. Ilkay Gundogan is an unsung hero for the German giants and didn't put a foot wrong all night in a deeper holding position.

Shakhtar's performance

The visitors showed promise on the counter but were undermined by slack defending throughout. An unstable back four lacked concentration throughout and never found an effective tactic to deal with the Lewandowski's clever runs from deep.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Mario Gotze: The talented playmaker was a constant thorn in Shakhtar's side with an intelligent presence in the final third. Gotze deserved his slick of luck for Dortmund's second goal and came off the flank to deadly effect consistently.

Biggest gaffe

Andriy Pyatov killed the tie stone dead when he spilled Gundogan's shot early in the second half. Blaszczykowski was on hand to expose the goalkeeper's poor attempt to clear and dink over his flailing dive for Dortmund's third and final goal.

Referee performance

Damir Skomina enjoyed a largely uneventful evening but perhaps should have sent off Oleksandr Kuchar for persistently fouling, particularly as the match got stretched early in the second half.

What next?

Dortmund: Klopp's men return to the fight for second place in the Bundesliga with a home match against Fortuna Dusseldorf this weekend.

Shakhtar: The Ukrainian champions must concentrate on their title defence with their second league match of 2013 away to Vorskla on Sunday.

Shaktar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu and Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp before their sides clash on February 13, 2013
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