Michy Batshuayi’s sensational start to life at Borussia Dortmund continued apace at Signal Iduna Park on Thursday as another double sealed 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 secure a slender advantage.
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 to five goals in just three games, proving an able replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and perhaps showing Antonio Conte what he has missed out on.
Dortmund 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.