Julian Brandt provided both assists as Achraf Hakimi notched a brace to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague and get their UEFA Champions League Group F campaign up and running.
Slavia Prague 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Hakimi (35'), 0-2 Hakimi (89')
Dortmund's 0-0 draw at home to Barcelona a fortnight ago left them with a bittersweet taste in the mouth after dominating for long spells, so they began here more determined than ever to earn all three points. 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 Bürki made two fine saves before the break to ensure BVB took a narrow lead into the interval.
Sancho had a wonderful chance to extend Dortmund's lead within seconds of the restart when he was sent clean through on goal, but a heavy touch at the decisive moment allowed goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar to smother and keep his side in the game. Stanislav Tecl had a similar opportunity at the other end of the pitch five minutes later, but the Slavia forward fired wide under pressure from Bürki. Dortmund were relatively comfortable for the rest of the game, but only truly sealed the points shortly before full time when Brandt again released Hakimi, this time down the left, and the 20-year-old darted into the box before slotting through Kolar's legs to give his side a well deserved victory.
- Sancho has 18 league assists since the start of last season. No player across Europe’s five major leagues per UEFA coefficient has accrued more.
- Götze, who scored his first goal of the season on Bundesliga Matchday 6, was part of the BVB team that reached the Champions League final in 2013.
- Dortmund won the Champions League in 1997 – three years before Sancho was born – and were runners up to Bayern Munich in 2013.
- Die Schwarzgelben have never conceded in Prague, scoring nine goals across three wins and a draw in the Czech capital.
- Three Czechs - Tomas Rosicky, Jan Koller and Patrik Berger - have played for Dortmund. Berger won the Bundesliga with BVB in 1996 after joining from Slavia the previous summer.
- This was Slavia's first game against a Bundesliga side since the 2008/09 UEFA Cup group stage, when they were beaten 2-0 by Hamburg. It was also the first time that these two sides have ever met.
Slavia: Kolar – Coufal, Kudela, Hovorka, Boril – Masopust (Zeleny 76'), Soucek (c), Sevcik, Olayinka - Stanciu (Skoda 83') - Tecl (van Buren 59')
Unused subs: Kovar, Holes, Husbauer, Frydrych
Out: - Traore (ankle)
Coach: Jindrich Trpisovsky
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji, Hakimi (Zagadou 90') – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho (Hazard 74'), Brandt (Götze 90+2'), Guerreiro – Reus (c)
Unused subs: Hitz, Dahoud, Weigl, Bruun Larsen
Out: Alcacer (Achilles), Schulz (ankle)
Coach: Lucien Favre
As it happened
Dortmund remain unbeaten in their last five wins and get an important first win in six with what looks a great win away to Slavia Prague. The hosts were impressive, as were Dortmund who excellently put Slavia to the sword courtesy of Hakimi's brace. Brandt laid on both in a strong performance from the Germany international and BVB move top of Group F for the time being.
90+2' DORTMUND'S LAST SUB
Götze comes on in place of Brandt who goes off with two assists to his name in possibly his most impressive outing for Dortmund so far. He's been excellent.
89' GOAL! HAKIMI!
He's threatened to do this twice and Hakimi now has his second and that should seal all three points. Brandt - who has been excellent tonight - plays a perfectly weighted through ball for Hakimi to take and cut inside from the left before firing home. A great goal and a great performance from Hakimi who is now replaced by Zagadou.
84' SLAVIA MAKE FINAL CHANGE
It's Skoda on for Stanciu. Dortmund still have two subs to make should they need them.
82' HAKIMI NEARLY ADDS SECOND
Hakimi was been brilliant tonight and a constant threat on the counter. This time he takes up the ball on the right before firing a fierce effort on goal but the keeper does well to repel it.
80' JUST TEN TO GO
We're into the final ten minutes now, with Dortmund inching closer to a very good victory away from home in the Champions League. They've managed to take the sting out of the home side's earlier rally and are back in control of the football currently.
76' SLAVIA SUB
There coming thick and fast now, this time Zelny comes on in the place of Masopust for the hosts.
74' DORTMUND CHANGE
Here is that first Dortmund switch, Hazard comes on in place of Sancho. The Belgian goes out to the left with Hakimi furthest forward on the right hand side.
70' LAST TWENTY
Not long to go now for Dortmund to either make sure of victory with another goal or by keeping their hosts at bay. They've not had any chances of real note since Sancho came so close to making it 2-0 at the start of this half. No changes yet, either. Could be fresh legs time for Favre's men soon.
64' DORTMUND UNDER PRESSURE
Successive corners have BVB pinned in their own box but they defend them resolutely and clear the danger. A good spell from the Czech side but Dortmund continue to resist.
59' SLAVIA SUBSTITUTION
The first switch of the game comes on the hosts' side with the burly van Buren coming on in place of Tecl. Favre may be thinking of his own changes shortly with both Götze and Hazard in reserve.
52' SLAVIA ALMOST LEVEL
The hosts have a glorious effort to make it 1-1 but Tecl fires wide when through on goal. You get the feeling that there's more goals in this one but another for Dortmund could kill the game.
47' SANCHO WITH AN EARLY CHANCE... AGAIN!
For all the money in the world it looks like Sancho is going to make it 2-0. He races through on goal but his touch is too heavy, letting him down at the crucial moment and he essentially runs the ball into Kolar. A good chance that you expect a player of Sancho's quality to take.
46' BACK UNDERWAY!
Here we go then, Dortmund 45 minutes away from going top of Group F.
A FIRST FOR HAKIMI
That absolute stunner from Hakimi was his first Champions League goal in his ninth appearance in the competition. A pretty memorable way for the 20-year-old to get off the mark in Europe's premier club competition.
Dortmund take a lead into the break courtesy of that stunning Hakimi goal and are just 45 minutes away from a first Champions League win of the season. It's been a frenetic first half and the hosts have shown they are no pushovers. Sets us up for an enthralling second period.
44' FAVRE FREES HAKIMI
The marauding Moroccan has been pushed ahead of Guerreiro on the left wing, with the Portugal man moving to left-back. It has been a devastating switch so far, with Dortmund able to free both the rapid pairing of Hakimi and Sancho on the break. Subtle and effective from Favre.
40' NEARLY TWO FOR HAKIMI
The man on-loan from Real Madrid is at it again, with his pace and adventure getting him beyond the Slavia defence once more but this time he can't apply the finish. Some serious pace in this Dortmund side.
35' GOAL! ACHRAF HAKIMI!
What a goal this is. Hakimi plays a one-two with Brandt before bursting forward, carrying the ball from inside his own half, going beyond a Slavia defender and then their keeper and rifling home with his left foot. A fantastic solo goal from the full-back.
31' FOOTBALL AND A SHOW
As ever, Dortmund's fans have been superb tonight but you have to give props to Slavia's home support, too. They've been unveiling a series of tifos and colourful flag displays behind the goal Dortmund are attacking in this first half. Absolutely stunning and you imagine the away fans that light up the Yellow Wall every week will appreciate it, as well.
27' REUS INCHES AWAY
Sancho almost does what he does best and tee up Reus to make it 1-0 but the Dortmund skipper is just inches away as he slides in to try and meet Sancho's cross. Replays show Reus would have been called for offside but another encouraging sign for the German side. And another one crafted by Sancho.
23' BIG BÜRKI TO THE RESCUE
Out of nowhere, Prague have a golden opportunity to go in front. A stunning through ball from Stanciu beats Dortmund's high line and Bürki has to be at his best: rushing off his line, making himself big and denying Masapust the opener. A great save that he backs up two minutes later as Stanciu's free-kick is arrowing into the bottom corner but is beaten away by a fully-stretched, diving Bürki.
17' BIG CHANCE!
This is brilliant stuff from Sancho, who is looking electric tonight. His movement gets him beyond the Prague defence and some persistence from him and Brand sees the ball laid off to Hakimi, centre of goal inside the Slavia penalty box but he side foots wide. Dortmund with the two best openings so far, largely thanks to their English winger.
14' WITSEL GETS TREATMENT
The Belgian gets a nasty one, coming the worse off in a 50-50 on the edge of his own box but he's okay to continue. It gives Dortmund a bit of a breather after an impressive spell from the Czechs. Still no chances of note for either side since Sancho's early effort, though.
8' SIGNS OF CALMS
A rapid start in Prague is now settling into a far more normal, possibly more sustainable, tempo. Sancho has been particularly lively for the visitors who have so far been untested.
2' SANCHO GOES CLOSE
This is a stunning start from Dortmund, who look very bright, right from the off. Sancho comes so close to putting them in front, going beyond his man superbly and forcing Slavia's keeper into a fine save.
Right then, we are underway at the Sinobo Stadium in Prague.
A TRIP DORTMUND ENJOY
Some encouraging signs ahead of kick-off in the form of Slavia having gone six Champions League group games without a win (D3, L3) and Dortmund having never conceded in the Czech Republic across five matches (W3, D2). Last year's Bundesliga runners-up have, however, gone three European matches without scoring. They'll be out to emphatically end that run this evening.
THIRTY MINUTES TO GO
This is your half hour to kick-off klaxon! Get the snacks, drinks and lucky charms at the ready, nestle in that sofa groove and get nice and comfortable. Here's hoping we have a belter and a lovely away win to celebrate at the end of the night **winking emoji**.
A couple of changes from the Dortmund coach tonight as Hummels returns from injury to start at centre-back, while the absence of Alcacer looks to have pushed captain Reus into the central striking role. It would suggest Brandt will play behind Reus, with Sancho and Guerreiro in the wide areas as Hazard and Götze start from the bench.
SLAVIA TEAM NEWS
Slavia: Kolar – Coufal, Kudela, Hovorka, Boril – Masopust, Soucek (c), Sevcik, Olayinka - Stanciu - Tecl
Subs: Kovar, Holes, Husbauer, Zeleny, van Buren, Skoda, Frydrych
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
Dortmund: Bürki – Piszczek, Hummels, Akanji, Hakimi – Witsel, Delaney – Sancho, Brandt, Guerreiro – Reus (c)
Subs: Hitz, Zagadou, Dahoud, Götze, Hazard, Weigl, Bruun Larsen
THE CZECH CONNECTION
There are some very notable former Czech stars to have represented Dortmund down the years with Patrik Berger, Tomas Rosicky and Jan Koller two high-profile examples. Rosicky scored 20 times and created 32 assists in 149 Bundesliga appearances in Black and Yellow after singing from Slavia's city rivals Sparta in 2001. A year later, Koller joined his compatriot as the pair won the Bundesliga title together in 2001/02. Koller scored 61 league goals in 152 games for BVB before they both departed in 2006. Berger is another Czech man familiar to both sides, having won the Bundesliga with BVB in 1996 after joining from Slavia the previous summer.
A FIRST FOR THESE TWO SIDES
This is the very first meeting between these two teams in their history so get your pen and paper at the ready to mark down some very specific future quiz question answers!
TIME FOR BVB TO GET BACK TO THEIR BEST
Dortmund may be unbeaten in their last four games but they are without a win in five, while Slavia are flying high and 16 games unbeaten so far this season. But Dortmund should take heart from their trip to Prague 22 years ago yesterday, when they thrashed AC Sparta Prague 4-1 in the 1997/98 edition's Group Stage. That year, Dortmund went all the way to the semi finals.
WHERE WE STAND
Currently, all four sides have a point apiece after the first Matchday of Group F, after a dominant Dortmund were frustrated by Barcelona in a 0-0 draw at the Signal Iduna Park two weeks ago and Slavia Prague shared a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan. The Czechs are currently top, while Dortmund sit bottom but with everyone in the group on a point it's still all to play for with five UCL Matchdays to go.
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