UEFA Europa League
15 February 2018
1 - 0
3 - 2
On aggregate
4 - 3
Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund)


A. Schürrle (G) 30' (assist by: Ł. Piszczek)
1 - 0
1 - 1
51' J. Iličić (G) (assist by: L. Spinazzola)
1 - 2
56' J. Iličić (G)
M. Batshuayi (G) 65' (assist by: M. Götze)
2 - 2
M. Batshuayi (G) 90'+1 (assist by: M. Götze)
3 - 2


Minute   Description
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A second-half brace from Michy Batshuayi rescues Borussia Dortmund from a first-leg deficit in their round-of-32 clash against Atalanta. Andre Schurrle put the German side ahead in the first half, but the visitors responded early in the second period as two goals from Josip Ilicic put them in command. Batshuayi equalised with a fine effort from the edge of the box before coming up with the winner, converting from close range. It hands Peter Stoger's men a one-goal advantage to take into the second leg, but Atalanta will more than fancy their chances on home soil.
90'+4 No. The visitors play it short for some reason and it allows Dortmund to put the pressure on before the referee ends he contest.
The final act of the game will be an Atalanta free-kick. Is there more drama to come?
90'+1 Gotze slides a pass into Batshuayi, who converts the opening.
GOALLLLLLLL!!!!! BATSHUAYI DOES IT AGAIN!!! The Belgian scores a vital goal to put Dortmund back into the lead in stoppage time. Tolloi's poor clearance put the visitors in trouble and Gotze sent a first-time pass into the forward's feet. He turned and fired low into the bottom corner, finishing with ease. A match-winning effort from Batshuayi.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
89' Isak's touch lets him down twice in the space of 30 seconds, failing to control Batshuayi's lay-off and again from Piszczek's ball forward.
88' Ilicic makes way for Petagna.
87' Dahoud wastes an opportunity to send the ball into the box. He tries to thread a pass through to Batshuayi, but it travels through a crowd of players and out for a goal-kick.
85' Gasperini withdraws Caldara rather than risk keeping him on. Palomino replaces the defender.
Isak replaces Pulisic for the home side.
Sokratis sends a cross with pace towards the back post, although it has too much speed for Gotze to keep alive.
83' Batshuayi is booked for catching Caldara.
Batshuayi attempts to meet the ball in the air with an overhead kick in the box, but succeeds in only catching Caldara on the head. The defender is down on the deck receiving treatment.
81' Dahoud replaces Weigl for the hosts.
Pulisic runs at Gosens down the right flank and goes down. The referee points for a corner rather than a free-kick for the home side.
80' SAVE! Masiello of all people marauds forward down the left inside channel to collect Cristante's offload. He goes for the first-time strike, but Burki is able to make a comfortable save.
78' A rare period of calm descends on the contest as Dortmund knock the ball around at the back. Both teams may be conserving their energy for a late surge.
76' Gosens replaces Gomez for the visitors.
Ilicic lifts the free-kick into the box. Dortmund clear as far as Masiello, who tees up Freuler for the strike. However, the midfielder blasts his effort well over the bar.
75' Weigl slides in on Gomez and concedes a free-kick 25 yards from goal. He's fortunate he got a slither of the ball otherwise that would have been his second booking.
73' Schurrle swings a cross into the box from the left flank and Gotze dummies for Pulisic on the surge. However, the American cannot take it in stride under pressure from Spinazzola.
72' Sokratis makes a great challenge at the back to dispossess Cristante on the charge and he gallops upfield to start a Dortmund counter.
70' Weigl sends Piszczek down the right flank and the full-back wins a corner for the home side. Stoger's men are in full flow now.
68' Dortmund have found their rhythm and are starting to put serious pressure on the Atalanta backline.
66' WIDE! Freuler almost puts the ball into his own net. Batshuayi releases him into the inside challenge and he weaves past the challenge of Caldara. The American fires at goal, only to be denied by Berisha. However, the ball strikes Freuler on the legs and trickles agonisingly wide of the post.
65' Gotze slides the ball to Batshauyi, who does the rest with a fine finish.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BATSHUAYI EQUALISES! He has been starved of service so he does it all himself. The Belgian gets Dortmund back into the game as he collects a short pass and surges towards the edge of the box. A challenge does not come from Masiello so he goes for the strike and powers his effort past Berisha into the top corner.
Pulisic raids down the right and he cuts the ball back to the edge of the box, but he just misses Gotze on the charge.
64' Dortmund have offered nothing in the final third in the second half. Batshuayi was extremely influential in the final third in the first half, but has been starved of service in the second period.
62' Reus is withdrawn for Gotze.
Stoger's men have completely lose their composure here and cannot afford to lose their discipline as well. The tie remains alive, but they cannot concede a third goal.
60' Dortmund give the ball away again and Gomez breaks forward. He looks for space to shoot, but Sokratis makes an inch-perfect challenge to stop his progress on the edge of the box.
58' Schurrle is booked for his part in the incident with Hateboer.
Hateboer is booked for a melee with Schurrle.
The home side have been woeful since the restart. They've come out for the second half sloppy in possession and have allowed the Italian outfit to take command of the tie.
56' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! ILICIC NOTCHES HIS SECOND TO PUT ATALANTA AHEAD! What a turnaround in the second half. The visitors lead as Cristante breaks behind the Dortmund defence down the left inside channel. He fires across the face of goal and Burki fails to get a solid punch on the ball. Ilicic latches on to the rebound at the back post behind Toljan and steers the ball into an empty net.
54' The visitors have made an excellent start to the second half and have caught Dortmund napping. Stoger's men need to regain their rhythm.
52' Ilicic causes further problems for the home side as he drifts in behind Toprak, but goes down under pressure from the defender. The referee looks at the incident, but waves play on.
51' Spinazzola lifts a cross to the back post and Ilicic collects and fires beyond Burki.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ILICIC NOTCHES THE EQUALISER! The forward latches on to Spinzzola's cross at the back post and curls the ball past Burki into the net. Toljan missed his header and lost his balance to allow the Ilicic space to fire at goal, and the Slovenian held his composure to find the bottom corner. A brilliant finish from the Atalanta man.
48' The visitors press down the left flank and space almost opens up for Gomez to strike, but the Dortmund defence holds firm.
46' We're back underway at Signal-Iduna Park.
It has been a fairly even contest between Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta in this round-of-32 Europa League contest. However, Andre Schurrle's strike in the 30th minute has given the German outfit the advantage as he stretched to poke home. Peter Stoger's men could have been further ahead, with Schurrle striking the post, while Marco Reus missed a good opportunity. Mattia Caldara should have scored for the Italian side, missing a close-range header. As a result, it's the home side with the narrow lead.
45'+2 The referee ends the first half.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
Hateboer puts Tolloi under pressure with a terrible backpass. Batshuayi and Reus converge on the defender, but he manages to get out of the situation by winning a free-kick from the Belgian's challenge.
43' Ilicic finds space down the right flank and tries to pick out a run in the box from his team-mates, but he overhits his delivery to the back post, letting the home side off the hook.
42' The battle for possession has been intriguing. It's 50/50 as we approach the break, highlighting how even the match has been.
40' Batshuayi turns his man in the centre circle and looks for the offload to Schurrle. The German cuts inside from the left flank to fire at goal, but he sends his effort straight at Berisha.
39' Dortmund seem very wary of Atalanta's threat on the counter. Only the front four are pushing high up the pitch, leaving them with plenty of men behind the ball.
37' A worrying moment for Burki as he comes for a corner from Gomez and fumbles the ball. Fortunately for the keeper there's no white shirt around to capitalise.
36' The visitors have responded since the goal and continuing to play without fear in the final third.
34' Piszczek slides in on Gomez and goes into the book.
32' The game has been end-to-end in the opening 32 minutes, but Dortmund have found the clinical edge to take the lead. Atalanta are more than capable of producing a response.
30' Piszczek produces a fine low cross into the box that Schurrle collects and converts.
GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! SCHURRLE PUTS DORTMUND AHEAD! The home side take the lead as Schurrle stretches to poke his effort past Berisha from close range. The move started with Batshuayi winning possession from Freuler. Piszczek took over down the right and sent a good low ball into the box with pace. Schurrle got a foot to it to take the speed off the cross and just had enough athleticism to stretch further to prod it past Berisha.
29' Ilicic leaves Toljan for dead in the right inside channel with a neat piece of skill. However, his low cross into the middle is cut out by Sokratis.
28' SAVE! Dortmund break with space down the right and Pulisic lifts a ball to the left for Schurrle. He controls well and gets in a position to shoot, drilling his effort low towards the bottom corner. Berisha watches the ball all the way and is able to get down to make the stop, holding it as Pulisic lurked for a rebound.
26' Cristante chops down Toprak and goes into the book. That was a poor challenge from the midfielder.
24' Weigl pulls back Gomez on the counter and goes into the book.
CLOSE! Batshuayi holds off his man and releases Reus into the left inside channel. He cuts the ball back across the face of goal for Pulisic, but with the goal gaping Reus puts his pass behind the American.
22' SAVE! Batshuayi weaves his way through three defenders on the edge of the box. He has Pulisic in space on the right, but the Belgian goes alone and fires his effort straight at Berisha.
The referee awards Dortmund a free-kick on the half-way line for a tackle by Freuler on Batshuayi, but the replay proves that the Atalanta midfielder won the ball.
21' Atalanta win a free-kick in the Dortmund half, but the home side hold firm at the back from Gomez's delivery as Sokratis rises to clear the ball away.
19' Gomez almost capitalises on a slip from Piszczek in the Dortmund box, but he cannot use the space to fire his effort on target, sending his strike narrowly over the bar.
17' OFF THE POST! Schurrle comes within inches of putting Dortmund ahead. He latches on to Pulisic's pass from the right flank following a good run by the American. He shoots first time at goal and his effort takes a deflection off Caldara to wrong foot Berisha. Fortune is on the side of the visitors the ball clips the outside of the post and goes behind.
15' It has been a balanced start to the game, with both sides enjoying openings in the final third. Atalanta have been composed in possession, despite being the away side.
13' CALDARA MISSES A SITTER! Atalanta should be ahead as Ilicic's corner comes through a crowd of players at the near post. Caldara has an open goal to attack with a diving header from close range, but he fails to make clean contact with his headed effort.
12' OVER! Atalanta break with speed and Ilicic slides a pass into the feet of Cristante in the box. He goes for the strike at goal, but Sokratis on the slide gets enough on his block to divert the ball over the bar.
11' A long ball over the top from Masiello catches Toprak flat-footed and Gomez looks to reach the pass. However, Burki is off his line to clear the danger, while the offside flag is raised against the Atalanta forward.
10' Gomez has space down the right and he tries to fire a low cross into a tight angle at the near post. Burki watches the ball safely into his hands as Ilicic lurked in the box.
9' Atalanta lose possession in their own half and Schurrle breaks down the left to fire a cross to the near post. Batshuayi attempt to fire at goal on the stretch, but Caldara clears ahead of him with a well-timed challenge.
6' MISS! Schurrle releases the run of Reus into the right inside channel. He takes an extra touch to move closer to the net, but he can only place his strike wide of the post. A spurned opportunity from the German.
5' Toljan breaks down the left and tries to squeeze a cross into the box. Hateboer follows him all the way and is able deflect the ball out, while Schurrle cannot seize it under pressure.
3' Caldara is put under pressure by Schurrle following a poor header back towards Berisha. However, the visitors get enough men back to quell the danger as Freuler takes charge of the situation.
2' Masiello lifts the ball over the top of the Dortmund defence, but Gomez cannot take the ball in stride and Sokratis is able to clear the danger.
1' We're underway at Signal-Iduna Park.
Gian Piero Gasperini has made three changes to his side from their 1-1 draw against Crotone. Caldara, Freuler and Gomez are recalled into the starting line-up, with Palomino, Petagna and Cornelius dropping to the bench.
Dortmund have made two changes from their win over Hamburger SV last time out. Castro and Sokratis come into the fold to replace Shinji Kagawa and Manuel Akanji, with Reus and Batshuayi retaining their places in the final third,
Atalanta subs: Jose Palomino, Robin Gosens, Andreas Cornelius, Timothy Castagne, Gianluca Mancini, Andrea Petagna, Pierluigi Gollini.
ATALANTA (3-5-2): Etrit Berisha; Rafael Toloi, Mattia Caldara, Andrea Masiello; Hans Hateboer, Bryan Cristante, Marten de Roon, Remo Freuler, Leonardo Spinazzola; Josip Ilicic, Alejandro Gomez.
Borussia Dortmund subs: Roman Weidenfeller, Dan-Axel Zagadou, Nuri Sahin, Mario Gotze, Alexander Isak, Mahmoud Dahoud, Jan-Niklas Beste.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Roman Burki; Lukasz Piszczek, Omer Toprak, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Jeremy Toljan; Gonzalo Castro, Julian Weigl; Christian Pulisic, Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle; Michy Batshuayi.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Atalanta have been on in contention in and around the top six in Serie A. They are unbeaten in their last three matches, defeating Sassuolo and Chievo, while drawing with Crotone last time out thanks to a late strike from Jose Palomino.
Atalanta topped Group E with a series of fine performances last year, including a 5-1 drubbing of Everton at Goodison Park. They could be a surprise contender for the Europa League crown, and will give Dortmund all they can handle over the next two legs.
Since returning to action from the winter break, Dortmund have been unbeaten in the Bundesliga. They drew three matches on the bounce out of the gate, but have since put back-to-back wins over Koln and Hamburger SV. They defeated Hamburger SV last time out on home soil thanks to goals from Michy Batshuayi and Mario Gotze. Stoger's side will be looking to maintain their form this evening.
Dortmund failed to reach the last-16 of the Champions League after finishing third behind Tottenham and Real Madrid in the Group Stage. As a result, Peter Stoger's men have dropped down into the Europa League, but will be determined to win the competition as their top-four place in the Bundesliga is under severe threat.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa League round-of-32 clash between Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta at Signal-Iduna Park.


E. Berisha
Rafael Tolói
B. Cristante
A. Masiello
A. Gómez
R. Freuler
M. Reus
M. Caldara
J. Toljan
M. de Roon
A. Schürrle
C. Pulisic
S. Papastathopoulos
Ł. Piszczek
G. Castro
H. Hateboer
J. Weigl
Ö. Toprak
L. Spinazzola
R. Bürki
M. Batshuayi
J. Iličić

Additional info

D. Stefanski
M. Boniek
Fourth official
K. Myrmus

Match Stats

Borussia Dortmund Atalanta
42 Attacks (Dangerous) 36
5 Corners 4
16 Fouls 14
17 Free Kicks 16
7 Goal Kicks 6
0 Offsides 2
0 Shots (blocked) 0
2 Shots (off target) 3
4 Shots (on target) 0
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
24 Throw Ins 23

Bundesliga table

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Serie A table

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