Borussia Dortmund produced a second-half performance for the ages as they fought back from 2-0 down to pick up all three points against Italian giants Inter on matchday four in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday night.
The visitors needed just five minutes to take the lead at the Westfalenstadion, with striker
Romelu Lukaku was denied by the woodwork as they searched for a second goal, while soon after a last-ditch tackle from Julian Weigl ensured the Belgian’s name still wasn’t on the scoresheet in Germany.
Inter did get their second when a stunning counter-attack was converted by defensive midfielder
Key Talking Point
Considering Lucien Favre’s side set up with four creative players in attack – their only real striker
Burki (7); Hakimi (9*), Akanji (5), Hummels (4), Schulz (5); Witsel (8), Weigl (6), Brandt (6); Sancho (8), Hazard (6), Gotze (5).
Substitutes: Alcacer (7),
There wasn’t much to shout about for Borussia Dortmund with such a poor first-half display in defence and arguably an even worse one in attack but the hosts were a completely different team after half-time thanks to an early goal from Achraf Hakimi.
Even before Hakimi’s goal, the Morrocco international had been Borrusia Dortmund’s best player on the pitch, giving very few chances down his side of the pitch while also supporting Jadon Sancho in their attack.
Starting a petition to start Hakimi as our Striker. To much offensive potential. #BVB #BVBINT
— FearTheMullet (@marlonmoustache) November 5, 2019
Sancho and Hakimi on the right
— Damilola Otuyelu. (@DamiOtuyelu) November 5, 2019
Achraf Hakimi is an industrious full back
— El~fenomeno (@ibraheemkhax) November 5, 2019
Hakimi, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, then popped up with his sixth goal of the season to complete a historic comeback against Inter, combining perfectly with Sancho and highlighting exactly why he’s rated so highly by his parent club, Real Madrid.
Key Talking Point
If there’s any doubt about Inter’s title credentials in Serie A this season, Tuesday’s first-half performance in the Champions League should be more than enough evidence that Juventus might not be wearing a
Handanovic (7); Gofdin (8), Skriniar (7), de Vrij (7); Brozovic (7), Candreva (6), Vecino (7), Barella (7), Biraghi (5); Lukaku (7), Martinez (9).
Substitutes: Lazaro (7), Sensi (7), Politano (N/A).
With eight goals already this season, Antonio Conte’s Inter really are starting to look towards Argentina international
Lautaro Martinez – what a predator. What a finish.
— Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) November 5, 2019
Lautaro Martinez is absolutely insane. What an unbelievable goal, genuinely putting himself among the best strikers in the world.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) November 5, 2019
Lautaro Martinez is such a big-time player and the scary part is that he’s got so much time to improve. Even at 22, he’s not even in his prime yet and it’ll be scary to see what he’s able to do within the next decade. #UCL
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) November 5, 2019
Lautaro Martínez has done it again. Blistering pace. Came from nothing. #BVBINT
— Nathan Ridley (@nathan_ridley_) November 5, 2019
Lautaro Martinez is a fantastic footballer. Excellent dribbler, good heading ability, clinical finishing and some lovely South American flair. Although his link-up play does need work. Inter Milan have a future world-class player on their hands.
— Ze Special Two (@zespecial2) November 5, 2019
Borussia Dortmund face their biggest test of the Bundesliga season so far as they prepare for Der Klassiker against a Bayern Munich side who recently sacked manager Niko Kovač
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