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Schmelzer admits Dortmund were second best

Borussia Dortmund v FC Red Bull Salzburg - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: First Leg
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Borussia Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer has admitted that his side were comfortably bested by an impressive Red Bull Salzburg side

Salzburg travelled to Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park stadium for the first leg of their Round of 16 tie in the Europa League.

Valon Berisha scored twice for the visitors before half-time with former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle scoring in the 62nd minute to give the home side a glimmer of hope, heading into the second leg in Austria.

Afterwards Schmelzer admitted that their performance was just not good enough against a Salzburg side who have now gone 10 games unbeaten in Europe.

“We lost deservedly. That just was not okay,” he told Sky.

“There was a lot missing, especially in the first half. That meant our opponents became more courageous, because we allowed them to be.

“That we allowed this to happen at home is a no-go.”

The two sides will meet for the second leg at the Red Bull Arena Salzburg next week, where Schmelzer and his teammates will be hoping to defy the odds against the ever impressive Salzburg.