Friday, 16 February 2018

Europa League: Michy Batshuayi the hero again as Borussia Dortmund edge Atalanta (DETAILS)

Michy Batshuayi scored his fifth goal in three Borussia Dortmund games as he continues to make an instant impression for his new club. But BVB still has work to do to qualify ahead of their assured opponents from Italy.

Michy Batshuayi scored two second half goals, including an injury-time winner, to give Dortmund the edge in their last 32 Europa League clash with Italian side Atalanta.

Having dropped out of the Champions League after failing to win a game, Dortmund started their Europa League campaign in more positive fashion, with Marco Reus going close before Andre Schürrle poked the ball home to give them the lead after half an hour.

Europa League: Michy Batshuayi the hero again as Borussia Dortmund edge Atalanta  (DETAILS)

Dortmund appeared to have the game under control, but Atalanta started the second half strongly  and scored six minutes after the break when Jeremy Toljan hopelessly misjudged a cross from the left and Josip Ilicic bent in a superb shot from a tight angle.

Dortmund were on the ropes and struggled to regain their composure before Ilicic struck again for Atalanta only five minutes later. This time Dortmund keeper Roman Bürki was to blame, parrying a shot into the path of the forward, who made no mistake with the simplest of finishes.

But Michy Batshuayi, the loan signing from Chelsea who has hit the ground running since scoring two on his debut at Cologne in the Bundesliga and another at Hamburg a week later, had the final say again here, twice combining with substitute Mario Götze to find the net.

Batshuayi’s first — his first goals at Signal Iduna Park — was a sensational strike from distance after collecting a pass from Götze. His second came in injury time when Götze’s clever pass found the Belgian, whose clinical finish raised the roof in Dortmund and, despite Atalanta’s two away goals, tilted the scales Dortmund’s way.

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