DONETSK (Sporting Alert) — EPL targets Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski all in a strong attack lineup for Borussia Dortmund in tonight’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk.
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Borussia Dortmund topped a strong group that included Manchester City and Real Madrid and will start favourites to win on the road tonight.
Gotze, Lewandowski and Reus were asked to do a lot during the group stages and the same task will be at hand during the knockout phase against a very solid Shakhtar Donetsk side.
Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer both start as well for Dortmund, while Neven Subotic and Nuri Sahin are both on the substitutes bench.
Meanwhile, Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu, who is without playmaker Willian, who has made a move to join Anzhi Makhachkala, made several changes from from the side that was beaten 1-0 in a friendly game to Norwegian side Odd Grenland, but new signing Taison, who cost the club £12m, retained his place.
Striker Luiz Adriano starts, but Douglas Costa starts on the bench.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund
Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov, Srna, Rakitskiy, Chygrynskiy, Rat, Fernandinho, Hubschman, Alex Teixeira, Mkhitaryan, Taison, Luiz Adriano
Subs: Kanibolotskiy, Stepanenko, Eduardo, Shevchuk, Devic, Douglas Costa, Ischenko
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Felipe Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Bender, Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus, Lewandowski
Subs: Langerak, Subotic, Leitner, Sahin, Schieber, Bittencourt, Halstenberg
Referee: Howard Webb (England)