Borussia Dortmund needed a 78th-minute penalty from Jadon Sancho and a stoppage-time goal from Erling Haaland to beat visitors Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 in their Champions League Group F match on Wednesday.
The Germans, who lost their opener to Lazio, controlled the game from the start but carved out few chances before Vyacheslav Karavaev inexplicably wrestled Thorgan Hazard to the ground for Sancho to score from the spot.
Haaland added a second in stoppage time with a powerful run.
Borussia Dortmund beat Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 in their Group F Champions League clash
Jadon Sancho converted a penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom corner for the first
While Erling Haaland provided the second with a left footed shot from the centre of the box
Borussia are on three points with Zenit bottom of the group after two defeats in two games. Club Brugge and Lazio are top on four points.
The hosts, buoyed by their derby win over Schalke 04 on the weekend, had possession from the start but could not break past a deep-lying Zenit.
The result has seen Lucien Favre’s men bounce back from their 3-1 loss to Lazio on October 20
While Zenit St Petersburg fail to bounce back after their 2-1 defeat at home to Club Brugge
Norwegian striker Haaland had their best chance of the first half when his powerful shot flew just wide after captain Marco Reus missed two good chances of his own.
After pressure straight after the restart, Dortmund quickly ran out of ideas on how to crack open the Russian defence.
With Zenit gradually growing bolder, it looked like the Germans would have to settle for a draw until Hazard was brought down and Sancho sent the keeper the wrong way and Haaland sealed the win.
Dortmund next travel to Club Brugge on Nov. 4 while Zenit host Lazio.
Dortmund next travel to Club Brugge on November 4 while Zenit will host Lazio
Dortmund: Burki, Meunier, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Dahoud, Witsel, Sancho, Reus, Reyna, Haaland
Goals: Sancho (78) Haaland (90+1)
Zenit St Petersburg: Kerzhakov, Karavaev, Lovren, Rakitskiy, dos Santos Justino de Melo, Barrios, Erokhin, Kuzyaev, Valle da Silva, Driussi, Dzyuba
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