Soccer draw in Donetsk feels like win for Dortmund
Germany defender Mats Hummels said Borussia Dortmund are relishing their Champions League last-16, second-leg clash at home with Shakhtar Donetsk in a fortnight, after a 2-2 draw in Ukraine.
Dortmund twice came from behind on Wednesday and were heading towards their first European defeat of the season before centre-back Hummels powered home from a corner, three minutes from time.
However, Dortmund's impressive result will be overshadowed by the deaths of five fans and the injury of 12 when a plane from Odessa, southern 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.
The draw means Dortmund are unbeaten in Europe, and Hummels said Dortmund had everything to play for in the second leg at Borussia's Signal Iduna Park on March 5.
"It is important that we are going into the second leg level and a 0-0 would see us through.
"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."
Donetsk captain Darijo Srna's free kick was cancelled out by a first-half equaliser from Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, before Brazilian Douglas Costa restored Shakhtar's advantage 22 minutes from time.
"We were punished for a couple of defensive mistakes, which was annoying," said Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp.
"2-1 wouldn't have been a bad result to take back to Dortmund, but the 2-2 was very important for the team's mood before the second leg."
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu, meanwhile, said he considered the draw a fair result.
"It's a pity to lose the lead in the last minutes but the result seems to be fair," Lucescu said.
"Borussia are a very strong and well-organised team, while we looked unimpressive in the beginning because of lack of match practice."