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Salzburg beat Dortmund in UEFA Europa League

IANS  |  Dortmund (Germany) 

Valon Berisha's brace helped beat German powerhouse in the first leg of the last 16 of the here.

suffered a surprising first leg loss as the Austrian outfit secured a 2-1 away victory on Thursday evening to increase their chances of booking a place in the quarter-finals, reports

assumed control from the kick-off yet Peter Stoeger's men lacked any ideas on how to overcome Salzburg's well organised defence.

A set piece situation handed Dortmund their first chance but Andre Schuerrle's volley missed the target six minutes into the game.

As the match progressed, Salzburg created opportunities as well, as Dortmund had to deny from close range in the 40th minute.

The Austrians remained on the front foot and created another chance, as had to scratch away Munas Dabbur's effort off the goal line before the break.

Dortmund had the worst possible start in the second half as Oemer Toprak fouled Hwang inside the box, allowing to break the deadlock with a penalty.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Berisha wrapped up his brace after Stefan Lainer's build-up seven minutes later.

The hosts regrouped and responded in the 56th minute when tapped home a cross from to cut the lead in half.

Dortmund pressed for the equaliser but Salzburg stood firm and defended their narrow lead to the end to take a 2-1 advantage into the second leg on home soil in next week.



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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 14:30 IST