Second goal key to win, claims Gotze

Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Gotze believes the second goal in his side's 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk was the turning point in their last-16 Champions League tie.

Borussia Dortmund vs Shakhtar Donetsk: Mario Gotze


Die Borussen hosted Shakhtar in the second leg of the tie holding a slight advantage following their 2-2 draw in the first leg with the Ukrainian giants at the Donbass Arena.

Although Shakhtar were expected to trouble the Bundesliga champions in the second leg, Die Borussen easily earned passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with goals from Felipe Santana, Gotze and Jakub Blaszczykowski doing the damage.

However, Gotze believes his side were never really in control of the game until their second goal, which the German international scored when he turned home Robert Lewandowski's cross from the right.

"I think we showed we really wanted it today [Tuesday] and put in a very good performance," Gotze was quoted as saying by the official Champions League website. 

"It only got easier after we went 2-0 up - that really played into our hands and was enormously important for us. 

"Thankfully, we got the third goal in the second half as well and were able to calm things down.

"It's always a great atmosphere here. It's unbelievable what the fans here do for us. 

"The Champions League is a very special competition - and not just for us. 

"The fans really got behind us even after we went 2-0 and 3-0 up. It was a great experience."

With the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus still in the competition, Gotze claims that he has no preference who their quarter-final opponents are and believes every team who makes it to this stage of the competition are equally strong.

"Now we can look forward to the quarter-finals," Gotze added.

"Personally I have no preference as far as the draw goes. The teams are all very strong in terms of quality, so it doesn't really matter who you're up against."

Gotze was awarded the man-of-the-match award following his superb display for Dortmund on Tuesday.

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