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Report: Hakimi brace gets the victory for Dortmund

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Achraf Hakimi scored a goal in either half to secure the victory for Borussia Dortmund.

After a draw in the opening game of the Champions League group stages against Barcelona, Dortmund needed a win to get their campaign truly up and running.

A trip to Prague was on the cards.

Facing a Slavia side that got a draw against Inter Milan in the San Siro, as well as a partisan home crowd.

Dortmund started the brighter of the two sides. With English teenage sensation Jadon Sancho testing the hands of Slavia’s keeper Kolar.

The home crowd, dressed in all red and white and making a deafening cacophonous noise were an intimidating sight to behold.

But the noise was silenced and people stunned in the 35th minute.

A counter-attack started in the Dortmund box by eventual goal scorer Achraf Hakimi himself, linking up well with Julian Brandt.

Hakimi beat the defenders and goalkeeper too, to smash the ball into the back of the home sides goal.

35 minutes played, Slavia Prague 0 – 1 Borussia Dortmund.

The second half began much like the first.

Another missed opportunity from Jadon Sancho.

This time in a one versus one situation with Kolar, only for a poor touch on the ball by Sancho to send the chance begging.

While Dortmund was good for the lead they showed a carelessness about their game.

It was similar behaviour in the recent Bundesliga draws with Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen, in which they gave up all too easily leads.

This time the sloppiness was on the part of captain Marco Reus.

His poor clearance gave Prague’s Petr Sevcik an opportunity. But for his poor finishing, things could have been very different.

The carelessness of Dortmund, gave the home side hope, as they pressed for an equaliser.

This, however, created more counter-attacking opportunities for the visitors.

Hakimi could have scored more but for Kolar to the rescue time and again.

Eventually, though Hakimi was going to take one of these golden opportunities to wrap the game up.

In the final minute of regular time, he did just that.

As he broke free again, he found himself in another personal battle with Kolar.

The 20-year-old Moroccan international on loan from Real Madrid, made no mistake this time. Calmly putting the ball through the legs of the keeper.

Fulltime: Slavia Prague 0 -2 Borussia Dortmund.

While the Germans were far from convincing, a win is a win.

They sit top of Group F, with Inter and Barca playing later.

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