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Dortmund hit back to claim Donetsk draw
Mats Hummels grabbed a crucial late equaliser as Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Shakhtar can consider themselves reasonably pleased by their performance considering they are deep in a winter break and have not played competitively since the group stage ended, but having been so close to victory they are now big underdogs heading into the return fixture.
Darijo Srna put the Ukrainians ahead with a sweetly-struck 31st-minute free-kick before the prolific Robert Lewandowski levelled 10 minutes later. Substitute Douglas Costa restored the home team's advantage in the 68th-minute before Hummels handed the Bundesliga outfit a second away goal with a header three minutes from the end.
Reus stung Andrei Pyatov's hands with a rasping effort but Shakhtar gradually started to find their feet, Freda Taison proving a lively outlet. And with 31 minutes gone, the hosts found themselves in front.
Felipe Santana fouled Luiz Adriano to concede a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Srna stepped up to whip the ball over the wall with precision and beat the flailing Roman Weidenfeller.
Dortmund did not panic and had their equaliser in the 41st minute.
There was an element of fortune about it, Mario Gotze getting two attempts at his cross after a botched clearance from Dimitro Chygrynskiy and Lewandowski wrong-footing the defence when he fortuitously miscontrolled the ball. Once the space opened up for him, though, he finished clinically.
And for the second time, Shakhtar defied the run of play to take the lead with 22 minutes left. Dimitro Chygrynskiy pumped the ball long and Hummels failed to deal with it to leave Costa to take it down neatly and send a wonderful strike beyond Weidenfeller.
Lewandowski and Gotze combined to fashion a swift response but this time the Polish striker sent his volleyed effort wide.
With three minutes to go, Dortmund deservedly equalised - Hummels making up for his earlier error with the crucial touch. Marcel Schmelzer was the provider with an outswinging corner and Hummels left no doubt with a decisive header.