Donetsk - German international Mats Hummels stole all the headlines as Borussia Dortmund secured a 2-2 draw on the road against Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

Having crashed a first-half header off the bar, Hummels got his positioning all wrong just past the hour mark, allowing the hosts to take a 2-1 lead. However, the 24-year-old atoned for his earlier error by heading home a late corner to put his side in the driving seat of the two-legged tie and preserve their unbeaten record in this season's competition, following a rollercoaster encounter.

After the match, the unshakeable centre-back caught up with bundesliga.com to give his thoughts on proceedings at the Donbass Arena, conceding unnecessarily and Dortmund's chances of progressing.

Question: Mr. Hummels, was there a huge weight lifted off your shoulders when you scored to make it 2-2?

Hummels: I don't think that statement relates to just me, but for all the players. It was incredibly important not to go into the second leg on the back of a defeat. Especially as it wouldn't have been a deserved defeat. If you look at the game as a whole, a draw was arguably not enough. Yet, because we went behind twice in the match, it's an appeasing result.

Question: You didn't cover yourself in glory when Shakhtar made it 2-1 though.

Hummels: For the second goal we conceded I had to get to the ball, even if it's hard to do so when backpedalling. That was certainly my mistake. Schmelle [Marcel Schmelzer] were both assuming that the other would reach the ball. Naturally that made us look silly. However, overall our defensive performance was significantly better than in our previous match against HSV. Against Donetsk there were a couple of dangerous situations, but that's impossible to avoid against a team who are so strong going forward.

Question: Shakhtar presented themselves very defensively, most notably in the second half. Did that surprise you?

Hummels: It was a difficult situation. Donetsk pressed us, but stood very deep in front of their own fans. As a result we had a lot of possession, but never really got into our stride in the final third, which made it difficult to permanently hold onto the ball.

Question: It all worked out shortly before the end though. Was that your way of making amends?

Hummels: My goal was first and foremost incredibly important for the team, but of course it was a wonderful thing for me too. Schmelle and I made up for our mistake in that moment. The good thing for us now, is that a 0-0 draw in the return leg would suffice.

Question: So are Borussia Dortmund the clear favourites?

Hummels: Theoretically we don't need to score in order to reach the next round. But taking into account that conceding one goal changes the whole complexion of the tie, I'd say that our chances stand at 55/45 in our favour.

Question: What do Dortmund have to be particularly wary of in the return leg?

Hummels: Shakhtar are vulnerable when they concede possession, but at the same time we have to be cautious ourselves when losing the ball. They've got players that are extremely quick and they're an incredibly strong team when they attack. It'll be important that we rediscover the right balance going forward, without sacrificing the necessary stability.

Question: This was the first experience of the Champions League knockout round for all of the ortmund players. Did you feel an added sense of tension?

Hummels: At no point was it tense. I noticed that, throughout the match, my passion and desire grew with every passing minute. The atmosphere inside the stadium got louder and louder. Overall it was a lot of fun and I'm hoping that we'll get to experience that more regularly.

Michael Reis reporting from Donetsk