Borussia Dortmund 3 Atalanta 2: Batshuayi late show snatches victory
Michy Batshuayi's sensational start to life at Borussia Dortmund continued apace at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday with another double to seal a 3-2 Europa League victory over Atalanta.
Belgium striker Batshuayi has made an immediate impact since joining Dortmund and continued his goalscoring run with a pair of second-half strikes to hand the German side a slender advantage heading into the second leg of this tie on February 22.
Atalanta topped a group including French contenders Lyon and Everton, and threatened another surprise as Josip Ilicic scored twice in quick succession to turn the game around after Andre Schurrle had put Dortmund ahead with just his second goal of the season.
However, Batshuayi sealed a double of his own to put Dortmund on top and preserve Stoger's unbeaten home record with Dortmund.
The Chelsea loanee produced a pair of unerring finishes to take his tally for five goals in just three games, proving an able replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
They will need the Belgian on fine form again in a week's time, although this stirring comeback and Atalanta's recent defeats to Napoli and Juventus on home turf will give the Bundesliga side confidence of making the next round.