Borussia Dortmund claimed its first win in Champions League 2019-20 group stage this season after battling to a 2-0 victory away to Slavia Prague as Achraf Hakimi scored a goal in each half.
Hakimi, who is in Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid, collected a pass from Julian Brandt to break down the right before beating Slavia goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar with a shot high into the net in the 35th.
The 20-year-old Morocco international sealed the win in the 89th amid late pressure from Slavia, this time finishing off a fast move on the left with a low left-foot shot.
Jadon Sancho sent out an early statement of their intent in just the second minute, drilling wide from a tight angle. The Englishman was involved again moments later when he teed up Hakimi to shoot, but he fired wide from 12 yards out.
The Morocco international made no mistake on 35 minutes, though, scampering down the right to collect Brandt’s excellent through-ball before cutting inside to fire Dortmund in front. The visitors did not have things all their own way, however, and Roman Burki made two fine saves before the break to ensure Dortmund took a narrow lead into the interval.
Slavia Praha returned from the break looking like a completely different side, and caused quite a few problems to Borussia Dortmund’s defense.
But it was Borussia Dortmund who had the first big chance of the second half, with Jadon Sancho going one on one with the goalkeeper. But a heavy touch saw him lose control at the crucial moment. Slavia striker Stanislav Tecl was then played through on goal, but he fired his effort just wide.
And it was Borussia Dortmund who struck again, with Achraf Hakimi getting his second goal of the night. The 20 year old was played in by Julian Brandt, and showed great composure to find the net after beating a couple of defenders.
The display will likely not please head coach Lucien Favre, but it was enough to move Dortmund to four points from two games and give it a solid platform from which to aim for the last 16.
Tougher tests await with two meetings with Inter and a trip to Camp Nou, so it will likely return to Germany with a sense of relief, as well as an eagerness to improve.