Zenit hoping for a miracle vs Dortmund tonight

Mar 19, 2014, 00:15 IST | AFP

Dortmund: Borussia Dortmund host Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie tonight with the Russians admitting they need a minor miracle to progress.

Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas 

Last season's runners-up Dortmund enjoyed a 4-2 win in the first leg in St Petersburg three weeks ago and Zenit have since sacked coach Luciano Spalletti. Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was named as his successor and will be unveiled tomorrow.

Former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder and ex-Russia captain Sergei Semak will be on the touchline in Dortmund as Zenit's interim coach. "We want to perform with dignity in the return match with Borussia. Of course our chances are slim, but miracles sometimes happen," Semak said ahead of the game.

Both teams come into the today's clash on the back of defeats. Zenit went down 0-1 at the hands of reigning champions CSKA Moscow on Saturday while Dortmund suffered a 1-2 loss at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga. Only two teams have ever won a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg at home, but Zenit are at least near full-strength for the game.

Dortmund, meanwhile, are set to welcome back playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan from suspension, but Germany winger Marco Reus is still doubtful with injury. However, Sven Bender and Ilkay Gündogan will not play.

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