Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski [Reuters]

Borussia Dortmund welcome Zenit St Petersburg to the Signal Iduna Park for their Round-of-16 second leg clash in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports 4 HD.


Dortmund's three-match winning run in all competitions came to a screeching halt after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga last Saturday.

The visitors raced into the lead as Raffael Araujo converted Patrick Herrmann's cross just beyond the half-hour mark. Just 10 minutes later, Max Kruse showed a little skill to confuse Roman Weidenfeller as he slammed the ball home to double their lead.

January signing Milos Jojic pulled one goal back in the 77th minute to give hope to Jurgen Klopp's side, but they failed to find the crucial second goal thus ensuring that Lucien Favre's side walked away with all three points.

Dortmund currently sit second in the league table with 48 points from 25 matches, a staggering 21 points behind leaders Bayern Munich with nine games remaining to play.

Dortmund and Zenit St Petersburg clashed at the Petrovsky stadium for the first leg where the Bundesliga outfit emerged 4-2 victorious last month.

Quick-fire goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus gave the visitors a 2-0 lead early in the first-half.

The Russian outfit responded after the half-time break as Oleg Shatov managed to pull a goal back for the home side in the 57th minute. But, Robert Lewandowski restored the two-goal lead four minutes later after exchanging passes with compatriot Lukasz Piszczek.

Hulk (centre) training with the squad ahead of Dortmund clash. [Reuters]

Zenit were then awarded a penalty when Viktor Fayzulin was adjudged to have been fouled inside the box by Piszczek and Hulk made no mistake in converting the resultant spotkick to make it 2-3. However, Lewandowski got into the act once again to restore the two-goal advantage finishing off a through-ball from Marco Reus.

Meanwhile, Zenit are yet to register a single victory in all competitions played this year and suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in the Russian Premier League at the Luzhniki Stadium last Saturday. Interim manager Sergei Semak failed to guide his team to secure all a single point as Georgi Milanov's solitary goal in the 32nd minute was enough for the reigning Russian champions.

Zenit now stand second in the league table with 41 points from 21 matches, trailing leaders Lokomotiv Moscow by three points.

Semak's side are currently trailing 4-2 on aggregate and need to score at least three goals without conceding any if they want to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

What Managers Say

Jurgen Klopp: "Ideally, we will play this like the second half of a normal game. We have been able to accumulate a bit of experience in the Champions League knockout stage. We put ourselves in a good position for the return leg [with our display in St Petersburg] - nothing more, nothing less. We will not risk a lot, but just going out to defend our lead would be a bit stupid as well, so we will make it a normal game."

Sergei Semak (interim coach): "Tomorrow we are up against one of the best sides in Europe, even the world. It will be important for us to put in a good performance. BVB have a very strong side and I don't think I have to explain how they go about their football. They are very strong when it comes to attack. For us, it is a new experience to play here and we will surely learn a lot of new things. It is not easy playing against such a team."

Team Form

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp [Reuters]

Borussia Dortmund

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W W L
  • Last Result: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Zenit St Petersburg

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D L L W
  • Last Result: CSKA Moscow 1-0 Zenit St Petersburg

Team News

Borussia Dortmund

  • Injured: Sven Bender (groin), Ilkay Gundogan (back), Jakub Blaszczykowski (knee), Neven Subotic (knee), Marco Reus (unspecified)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Kehl, Sahin; Hofmann, Mkhitaryan, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

Zenit St Petersburg

  • Injured: Andrey Arshavin (thigh), Cristian Ansaldi (unspecified)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Lodygin; Anyukov, Neto, Lombaerts, Criscito; Shatov, Witsel, Fayzulin; Hulk, Rondon, Danny