Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Inter: Achraf Hakimi leads stunning comeback

Borussia Dortmund gave itself a huge boost in Champions League Group F by fighting back to beat Inter.

Achraf Hakimi (L) celebrates against Inter Milan.   -  Getty Images

Achraf Hakimi scored twice as Borussia Dortmund came from 2-0 down to beat Inter 3-2 and give itself a major boost in the Champions League.

Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino had put the visitor in the driving seat at Signal Iduna Park, two weeks on from their 2-0 defeat of Lucien Favre's side in Milan.

Dortmund came roaring back in the second half, though, with Achraf netting his double either side of a Julian Brandt strike to secure what could prove to be a valuable victory.

Martinez became the first Inter player to score in three consecutive Champions League appearances since Samuel Eto'o in 2010 when he raced down the right, cut back into the box past the covering defence and side-footed high beyond Roman Burki.

It was a deserved lead for the visitor, which was keeping Dortmund restricted to half-chances, with Mario Gotze denied by Samir Handanovic from the best of the early openings.

After 40 minutes it was 2-0 thanks to a flowing counter-attack. Marcelo Brozovic showed great footwork, Martinez turned and spread the ball out to Antonio Candreva, and his cut-back was swept into the net by the arriving Vecino.

Dortmund started the second half brightly and got a goal back when Achraf scuffed the ball into the left-hand corner after being teed up by Gotze.

Pressure was building on Inter and it gifted Dortmund its equaliser 13 minutes later, making a mess of a throw-in near its own box to allow Brandt to steal in and slot past Handanovic.

The comeback was completed 13 minutes from time, when Achraf raced into the box from the right wing to dispatch Jadon Sancho's pass beneath Handanovic.

 

What does it mean? Barcelona and Dortmund in pole position to progress

Barcelona, which was held by Slavia Prague earlier at Camp Nou, remains top of Group F and four points clear of Inter.

Antonio Conte's side, which is three points further back from second-place Dortmund, will hope for a favour from Barca against Favre's men on matchday five to increase their chances of going through.

Achraf provides surprise killer touch

Dortmund has lacked a cutting edge in recent weeks, but Achraf showed his attacking teammates how it should be done with two crucial goals, his second a particularly precise finish.

Conte cannot react in time

The drop-off in Inter's second-half performance was peculiar and Conte seemed unable to arrest it with substitutions or tactical changes. Champions League success remains hard to come by for him.

Key Opta Facts

- Inter has lost a Champions League match after leading by two or more goals for the first time.

- Inter has lost all its last four away Champions League games, its worst such streak in the competition.

- Lautaro Martinez has scored with his first shot of the match in each of his last three Champions League games played.

- Matias Vecino has found the net with each of his first two shots on target in Champions League (the first against Tottenham in September 2018).

What's next?

Dortmund heads to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Inter hosts Hellas Verona in Serie A.

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