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Berisha’s brace puts Salzburg in control over Dortmund

Valon Berisha scored twice as away specialists Red Bull Salzburg upset Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie.

The Austrian side stretched their unbeaten record on the road in Europe to 10 matches, handing Dortmund coach Peter Stoger his first home defeat since taking charge in the process.

After being the better of the two sides in a scoreless first half, Salzburg struck first when Berisha converted a penalty following Omer Toprak’s foul on Hwang Hee-chan.

The midfielder struck again to double his side’s lead in the 56th minute, a vicious first-time strike from Stefan Lainer’s cross putting the visitors in control.

Andre Schurrle bundled in from close range to halve the deficit just after the hour, and Dortmund piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

However, they paid the price for a sluggish first hour that has left the Bundesliga club needing to score at least twice in the return fixture if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

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