Borussia Dortmund got their misfiring Champions League campaign into gear on Wednesday as they beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 thanks to goals from Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.
Dortmund were looking to bounce back from last week’s 3-1 loss at Lazio but struggled to break down Zenit’s organised defence until Vyacheslav Karavaev gave away a penalty, which was converted by Sancho.
Haaland then added a second on the counter attack in stoppage time for his 12th goal in 10 career Champions League games.
Haaland was set free behind the Zenit defence by a header from 17-year-old Jude Bellingham and struck a shot between goalkeeper Mikhail Kerzhakov’s legs.
Dortmund have now won three of its last four games without conceding a goal, with the defeat to Lazio the exception. That recent form has helped stabilize the team after a 3-2 German Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich and a Bundesliga defeat to
Dortmund are now third in Group F on three points. Meanwhile, Zenit occupy last place in the group after losing its opening game to Brugge. They are already closing in on extending their five-year run without qualifying for the knockout stages.
Also in Group F…
Club Brugge and Lazio are both ahead of Dortmund on four points after sharing a 1-1 draw.
Hans Vanaken’s spot-kick cancelled out Joaquin Correa’s opener for the visitors.