Hakimi double seals stunning Dortmund win over Inter

The Moroccan, who turned 21 on Monday, hit the winner for Dortmund with 13 minutes to go

by AFP/ pic by AFP

DORTMUND • Borussia Dortmund roared back from two goals down at home against Inter Milan as Achraf Hakimi (picture) netted twice to earn a thrilling 3-2 win in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Dortmund looked out of it at 2-0 down at half-time as Lautaro Martinez put Inter ahead after just five minutes before Matias Vecino added a second just before the break at Signal Iduna Park.

However, right-back Hakimi orchestrated a remarkable recovery by finishing a move he started five minutes into the second half before Julian Brandt equalised.

Morocco international Hakimi, who turned 21 on Monday, hit the winner for Dortmund with 13 minutes to go.

“It feels really good,” Brandt told broadcaster DAZN. “We all knew how important the game was for us to win, but the (second half) reaction was absolutely crazy…If everything was perfect, it would also be a bit boring,” he added with a grin.

The result leaves Dortmund second in Group F, a point behind leaders Barcelona, who they face at the Camp Nou in three weeks.

Inter are now third in the group, three points behind Dortmund, before their next game at Slavia Prague.

After a 2-0 loss in Milan a fortnight ago, Dortmund had rebuilt confidence with back-to-back wins over Moenchengladbach and Wolfsburg, but were dominated in the first half here.

Inter’s second goal was a cracker as midfielder Vecino finished a brilliant team move.

Dortmund came out firing for the second half and pulled a goal back when Hakimi managed to connect with Goetze’s cross as the hosts attacked with regularity.

Goetze then made way for Paco Alcacer, whose first touch of the ball was to flick it to Brandt from an Inter throw, the Germany winger sweeping home the equaliser on 64 minutes.

Axel Witsel headed wide as Dortmund hunted the crucial third goal.

It soon arrived as Hakimi completed the fightback on 77 minutes when he again used his pace to tuck home Jadon Sancho’s pass and put Dortmund back on course for the knockout stages.