Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Europa League campaign hit the buffers in Austria on Thursday night as Red Bull Salzburg defended their 2-1 first-leg advantage to book their place in the quarter-finals following a goalless draw.
Dortmund knew they needed two goals after losing the first leg 2-1 at home, but if anybody was going to score in the first 45 minutes, it was Salzburg. Hwang was twice denied by an inspired Roman Bürki, who ensured the Westphalians were still in the game come the interval with a string of fine saves.
Peter Stöger tried to breathe new life into his team with Isak and Philipp both sent on for the second half, and there was much more attacking intent in their game with both subs testing the previously redundant Walke in the Salzburg goal. The game inevitably opened up as Dortmund sought a route back into the tie, Schmelzer twice testing Walke, but a goal proved elusive. As a result, Dortmund's Europa League campaign came to an end, leaving them to focus on finishing in the Bundesliga's top four and returning to the Champions League next season.
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- Batshuayi and Schürrle were BVB's leading Europa League scorers this season with two goals apiece.The first leg was Dortmund's first ever defeat against an Austrian side. It was also Salzburg's first win in Germany at the fifth attempt.Dortmund lost their 100 per cent winning record from their previous two European games on Austrian soil.Dortmund coach Stöger has now faced Salzburg 12 times as a manager, winning one, drawing four and losing seven.
Salzburg: Walke (c) – Lainer, Ramalho, Caleta-Car, Ulmer – Haidara (Yabo 82'), Schlager (Wolf 79'), Samassekou, Berisha – Hwang (Gulbrandsen 66'), Dabbur
Unused subs: Stankovic, Onguene, Minamino, Leitgeb
Coach: Marco Rose
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Sokratis, Zagadou, Schmelzer (c) – Dahoud, Castro (Guerreiro 62')– Schürrle, Götze (Philipp 46'), Reus (Isak 46') – Batshuayi
Unused subs: Weidenfeller, Sahin, Toljan, Weigl
Absentees: Akanji (ineligible), Toljan (knock), Durm (ankle), Kagawa (ankle), Yarmolenko (foot)
Coach: Peter Stöger