Five. That's how many minutes it took Borussia Dortmund to effectively end their Champions League tie against Zenit St. Petersburg.
Dortmund were out of the blocks from the first whistle, hunting down their opposition like bloodthirsty hounds. It only took the away side four minutes to draw blood, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan took advantage of Marco Reus' clever run in the box and finished low past Lodygin.
The home side looked lethargic and lacklustre. Dortmund saw their chance, and went for the kill. Just a minute after their first, Der BVB bagged another.
Reus ran onto Kevin Groskreutz's lay-off and smashed the ball into the near post. Zenit Manager Luciano Spalletti conceded that the two early goals effectively ended the match for his side:
"We conceded the two quick goals. It made a big imprint on the match and as a matter of fact decided the game. We made too many ridiculous mistakes and were punished," he said.
"You can't afford these kind of mistakes at this level against opponents like Borussia. If you do you pay a very high price."
Spalletti took off Andrei Arshavin after an uneventful 15-minute display, in favour of the defensively-minded Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. This gave the home side solidarity in midfield, but unfortunately, the damage had already been done.
The Russians were able to keep Dortmund at bay for the remainder of the half, and were able to grab one of their own in the second.
Oleg Shatov capitalised on mass confusion in the penalty area to score after Salomon Rondon's effort hit the woodwork.
However any hopes of a Zenit fightback were then extinguished by Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker had been subdued for a large portion of the match, but took his chance when it fell to him, cooly converting Reus' deflected pass.
Again Zenit clawed on back, this time from the penalty spot, as Lukas Piszczek was adjudged to have fouled Viktor Fayzulin. Hulk stepped up and scored his 10th goal in 16 appearances, giving his side hope of equalising.
Yet again Lewandowski willingly played the role of the party pooper, restoring his side's two goal advantage just a minute later with well taken finish into the bottom left hand corner.
Dortmund Manager Jurgen Klopp was pleased with his side's energetic approach to the game:
"We were incredibly active and aggressive. It's not easy to do that. The team put in a fantastic performance," he deduced.
"This was close to an optimal performance. We pressed to great effect against a dangerous team."
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