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Borussia Dortmund v Internazionale Live Commentary, 05/11/2019

FT
3 - 2
BVB
INT
A. Hakimi (51)
J. Brandt (64)
A. Hakimi (77)
Lautaro Martínez (5)
M. Vecino (40)
SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

Commentary

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Dortmund will hope to take momentum from their victory into their crunch clash against Bayern Munich on Saturday at Allianz Arena in the Bundesliga. Inter play Hellas Verona on home soil on Saturday in their Serie A contest.
Borussia Dortmund complete a memorable comeback to defeat Inter 3-2 at Signal Iduna Park in their Champions League Group F clash this evening. Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino had handed the visitors control of the game at the break, holding a 2-0 lead over the German outfit courtesy of an outstanding first-half display. However, Dortmund responded with an even better performance in the second period. Achraf Hakimi began the rally by convering Mario Gotze's cross from close range, while Julian Brandt notched the equaliser after latching on to Paco Alcacer's flick. Jadon Sancho and Hakimi then combined for the winner as the Englishman released his team-mate, who then applied a fine finish into the right bottom corner. Hakimi's second of the game won the contest for Lucien Favre's team, taking them one point behind Barcelona into second place in the group. It was a thrilling contest, but it was the German side who had the cutting edge when it mattered the most.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 3-2 INTER
90' + 4' There's one last opening for Inter as Candreva lifts a cross into the box, but Martinez on the stretch guides his effort well wide of the post.
90' + 4' CHANCE! Alcacer should end the game, but he fluffs his lines from close range. Brandt releases Hakimi down the right, who squares for the forward in the middle. However, he's too casual and slices his effort at Handanovic.
90' + 2' Weigl almost works the ball through to Alcacer in the final third, but Handanovic is alert and gathers ahead of the forward.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' CHANCE! Inter work their way through the Dortmund line as Sensi, Martinez and Politano combine. Space opens up for Sensi to strike at goal, but he fires a tame effort straight at Burki.
Raphaël Guerreiro
T. Hazard
Borussia Dortmund
88' Guerreiro comes on for the closing stages to replace Hazard.
87' Dortmund are working their way towards a vital three points in the group to move them above Inter.
85' Inter are having to press forward in numbers and it will leave them exposed at the back. Conte is urging his men forward.
84' Candreva has a dart down the left flank and he lifts a cross into the middle, but it is claimed with ease by Burki.
Ł. Piszczek
J. Sancho
Borussia Dortmund
82' A concern for Dortmund as Sancho walks gingerly off the pitch to be replaced by Piszczek.
80' Politano is carrying on for the visitors, but he has a heavy limp. He's battling for his team to keep 11 men on the field.
T. Hazard
Yellow Card
Borussia Dortmund
79' Hazard goes into the book for a sliding challenge on Barella.
J. Sancho
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
77' Sancho sends a sublime throughball for the run of Hakimi, who provides a fine finish.
A. Hakimi
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
77' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! HAKIMI COMPLETES THE COMEBACK!!! 3-2!!!!!!!!!! Signal Iduna Park erupts as Hakimi latches on to Sancho's throughball and hammers a low strike past Handanovic. Sancho spots the run of the full-back in space in the right inside channel. He plays a perfect pass for his team-mates, who dispatches his effort with power into the right bottom corner.
76' Hakimi breaks forward down the right flank knocks the ball across the face of goal towards Alcacer. However, the boot of Godin just knocks it away from the Spaniard in the middle.
74' Politano gets a bad looking injury just seconds after emerging on to the field. Schulz knocks the ball back to Hummels before Politano slides in. The outstretched boot of the Dortmund man catches Politano on the ankle and he has to limp off the pitch.
M. Politano
R. Lukaku
Internazionale
73' Lukaku is withdrawn for Politano in the final third.
72' Hazard and Barella battle for the ball and it results in the Inter man clutching his face on the deck. It was a foul, but there was no malice in the challenge from the Belgian.
71' Inter are having to ride out a storm here. Conte will be desperate for his team to hold out for the point, which would be a good result for them.
69' CHANCE! Witsel is inches away from putting Dortmund ahead. Brandt is afforded time on the right flank to lift a cross into the middle. Witsel makes a good run towards the penalty spot and glances his attempt towards the left bottom corner. Handanovic scrambles across and watches as the ball trickles wide of the post.
S. Sensi
M. Vecino
Internazionale
68' Sensi replaces Vecino in the middle of the park.
67' Dortmund are all over Inter at the moment. They've been a completely different side in the second half.
V. Lazaro
C. Biraghi
Internazionale
66' Lazaro is on for Biraghi down the left flank for the visitors.
Paco Alcácer
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
64' Alcacer uses his first touch to knock the ball through to Brandt in the left inside channel , with the midfielder doing the rest.
J. Brandt
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
64' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! BRANDT SCORES THE EQUALISER!!!! 2-2!!! Dortmund are back in the game as the midfielder holds his composure to slot a strike past Handanovic. Inter are caught cold from their throw-in as Vecino loses out to Alcacer, who knocks the ball through to Brandt in the left inside channel. He surges forward unopposed and slides a strike into the right bottom corner past the onrushing Inter keeper.
Paco Alcácer
M. Götze
Borussia Dortmund
64' Alcacer replaces Gotze for the home side in the final third.
63' Hakimi plays a neat one-two with Sancho down the right flank to get the better of Biraghi. However, his low cross flashes across the middle of the penalty area and goes out for an Inter throw-in.
62' Brandt gets the better of Candreva down the left flank with a neat piece of skill. He hammers a low ball across the face of goal, but it's there too quickly for Hazard to react as the ball strikes his shin.
60' WIDE! Hazard probes down the left flank before cutting in to shoot on his right foot, only to pull his strike harmlessly wide of the left post.
58' Lukaku collects a ball over the top and he has space inside the box, but Hummels gets back to make the closing challenge. The Belgian was offside anyway, although was late to go up.
56' Brozovic lines up an effort from distance and he has space to shoot, but his effort is tame and straight at Burki.
55' CLOSE! Dortmund up the ante from a corner. Hazard takes over after Sancho is brought down by Martinez. He whips a cross into the box from the right flank on his left foot. Brandt makes glancing contact with his header, but it's not enough to find the net and even Witsel cannot make contact arriving late on the slide.
54' SAVE! Sancho collects on the right flank and has space to go for a blast across the face of goal. Handanovic has to react to produce a solid stop at the near post.
53' The Inter defence are in scramble mode now as the home side are applying serious pressure on the Italian outfit at the back.
M. Götze
Assist
Borussia Dortmund
51' Gotze makes a good run down the right flank and he sends a low ball into the middle of Hakimi to score.
A. Hakimi
Goal
Borussia Dortmund
51' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! HAKIMI BRINGS DORTMUND BACK INTO THE GAME!! 1-2!!! The German outfit respond as Hakimi converts from Gotze's low cross into the middle. Dortmund work the ball with speed on the edge of the box. Weigl and Hazard combine to release Gotze into the right inside channel. He cuts a ball across the face of goal where Hakimi is there to sweep it into the left bottom corner.
50' Gotze almost releases Brandt in the box, but his progress is stymied. Space opens up for Hakimi to line up a strike, but he sees his effort charged down by Biraghi.
A. Candreva
Yellow Card
Internazionale
48' Candreva brings down Weigl and goes into the book.
46' We're back underway in this Champions League contest.
Dortmund were lacking potency in the final third in the first half. They had a couple of opportunities through Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho, but were unable to find the net. On the other hand their opponents were on form in and around the box and duly punished the German outfit on the counter. Favre's men will have to improve their efficiency to get their way back into the contest.
A clinical first-half performance has handed Inter a 2-0 lead at the break over Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park. Lautaro Martinez has been outstanding thus far, scoring the opening goal of the game before playing a crucial pass for the second. Martinez capitalised on a mistake by Manuel Akanji to race through down the right inside channel before applying a finish with his left foot to put Antonio Conte's men ahead. Inter's second was a sublime team move as Martinez, Marcelo Brozovic and Antonio Candreva all combined to tee up Matias Vecino to find the back of the net. Dortmund came to life before the end of the half and Samir Handanovic was required to make a couple of good stops to maintain his side's advantage. Lucien Favre will be demanding a response from the home side in the second period.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: BORUSSIA DORTMUND 0-2 INTER
45' + 1' SAVE! Gotze lifts a dangerous ball over the top for the run of Hazard. He tries to connect and flick it towards goal, but he misses the ball. However, it still travels towards the net and Handanovic has to react to make the stop with his legs.
45' + 1' Sancho cuts the ball back to Witsel on the edge of the box and he pulls the trigger on a low drive that travels inches wide of the target. On this occasion, Handanovic was rooted to the spot.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' SAVE! Handanovic keeps Inter two goals ahead with a brilliant reaction stop. Schulz raids down the left flank and clips a cross into the middle. Sancho meets the ball and guides it towards the top left corner, but Handanovic gets across to palm it away from danger.
42' Inter have rocked Signal Iduna Park. They have played a brilliant game thus far and are heading into the break in complete control.
A. Candreva
Assist
Internazionale
40' Candreva continues the fine work from Brozovic and Martinez to tee up Vecino for his strike.
M. Vecino
Goal
Internazionale
40' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! VECINO FINISHES A SUPERB TEAM MOVE!!! INTER 2-0!!!! Brozovic works the ball out of tight quarters to find Martinez in the Dortmund half, who hits a sublime cross-field pass for Candreva. The Italian picks out a precise cutback for Vecino in space in the box. He holds his composure to find the left bottom corner, curling his effort beyond the reach of Burki into the net.
37' Martinez uses his hand to get the better of Hakimi and Weigl before firing at goal, but he blasts his effort over the bar. The referee had spotted the handball and awarded a free-kick, but opts no to punish the Argentine.
34' A mistake by De Vrij allows Brandt to tee up Hazard 20 yards from goal. The winger goes for the strike on his right foot, but Handanovic gets down to make a comfortable stop.
32' Godin is in the right place to make a vital interception to prevent Gotze latching on to Hakimi's offload in the box.
31' Hazard sees two crosses into the box cleared by the Inter defence. The German outfit are getting into the right positions, but are not producing enough quality on the ball.
M. Škriniar
Yellow Card
Internazionale
30' Hakimi gets the better of Skriniar down the right flank and the defender brings him down on the edge of the box. He goes into the book for his challenge.
29' BLOCK! Candreva wins a corner down the right flank and he whips a delivery into the box. Dortmund clear the first ball, but Biraghi's follow-up causes problems. Lukaku collects with his back to goal and then turns to fire at goal, but Akinji is well placed to make the block.
28' It has been a frenetic contest, which appears to be suiting the visitors more than Dortmund 28 minutes into the match.
25' Dortmund bit back with a surge into the box through Hazard, but he just cannot find space for a strike at goal before De Vrij dispossesses Schulz with a well-timed challenge.
23' OFF THE POST! Lukaku collects in acres of space from Vecino's pass and shapes to shoot towards goal. He bends his effort around Burki, but it cannons off the post. The effort would not have counted anyway as the Belgian was well offside.
21' Dortmund are cut open down the left flank and Skriniar lifts a cross into the box that deflects towards Martinez. He cannot connect on his strike before Brozovic takes over and lifts a chip harmlessly wide of the right post.
20' OVER! Brandt lines up a strike from distance with not a lot of options in the final third. However, the midfielder can only blast his attempt over the bar.
18' SAVE! Hakimi collects in space down the right flank and he cuts the ball back towards Gotze. The German takes one touch to control before pulling the trigger on his strike. Handanovic gets down to make a good reaction stop, but the ball bounces out into the box. Schulz attacks it with a header from 10 yards, only to place his effort wide of the target.
17' Inter clear their lines from the corner and break on the counter. Brozovic releases Martinez down the right and he works a pass towards Barella. He looks for the return, but Schulz is there to head back to Burki.
16' Dortmund probe down the right flank and Hakimi has a dart at Biraghi, winning a corner off the legs of the defender.
14' Sancho finds space in the right inside channel to latch on to Weigl's ball over the top, but he can only steer his cross into the hands of Handanovic.
13' Hazard has a dart down the left flank for the home side, but his offload for the run of Brandt is intercepted by Godin.
11' Gotze almost turns the ball into the path of Brandt in the box. It loops up for the midfielder to strike, but it will not sit down in time for him and De Vrij is on hand to boot it away.
9' Vecino tries to press Weigl in the middle of the park and he almost gains possession, but the referee deems that he fouled the Dortmund midfielder.
7' Dortmund have to respond now, although Inter can now afford to sit deep and play on the counter, which will make them very dangerous.
Lautaro Martínez
Goal
Internazionale
5' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! MARTINEZ FIRES INTER AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!! The Argentine hits the home side on the break and finishes in style to put his team in the lead. Akinji misses a header at the back and it allows Martinez to collect and surge down the right flank. He beats the challenge of Hummels and cuts inside into the right inside channel. Martinez has Lukaku in support, but he goes alone and strikes his effort into the top right corner on his left foot. A fine finish.
3' Skriniar blocks off the run of Sancho in the middle of the pitch and avoids a booking. Inter have made a sloppy start to the contest.
C. Biraghi
Yellow Card
Internazionale
1' Biraghi sticks out a leg to stop Hakimi breaking past him down the right flank and goes into the book.
1' We're underway at Signal Iduna Park.
This will be Borussia Dortmund’s third home European match against Inter – they won neither of their previous two, drawing 2-2 in April 1964 in the European Cup and losing 3-1 in March 1994 in the UEFA Cup.
There are three changes for Inter from their win over Brescia at the weekend. Godin returns to the backline to replace Baston, who drops to the bench. Candreva starts at right wing-back ahead of Lazaro, while Vecino comes into the side in the middle of the park for Roberto Gagliardini.
Favre has made five changes to his side from their win over Wolfsburg last time out. Gotze comes into the side to lead the line, while Burki is recalled between the sticks. Sancho, Schulz and Witsel also gets starts this evening.
INTER SUBS: Stefano Sensi, Matteo Politano, Valentino Lazaro, Borja Valero, Daniele Padelli, Sebastiano Esposito, Alessandro Bastoni.
INTER (3-5-2): Sami Handanovic; Diego Godin, Stefan de Vrij, Milan Skriniar; Antonio Candreva, Matias Vecino, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barella, Cristiano Biraghi; Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND SUBS: Dan-Axel Zagadou, Thomas Delaney, Mahmoud Dahoud, Paco Alcacer, Raphael Guerreiro, Lukasz Piszczek, Eric Oelschlagel.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Roman Burki; Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Nico Schulz; Axel Witsel, Julian Weigl; Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard; Mario Gotze.
Inter are entering the contest with momentum on their side after their comeback win over Brescia at the weekend. They closed the gap to Juventus at the top of Serie A as Romelu Lukaku scored late from the penalty spot to secure the three points on the road. Antonio Conte's men now turn their attention back to the Champions League where they need to build on their victory over the German outfit. Another solid performance is required to keep them on course of qualification for the next phase of the competition.
Tonight is an important match for Dortmund to bounce back from their defeat at the hands of Inter in their last meeting. Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva secured the win for the Italian outfit in San Siro, moving them above Lucien Favre's men in Group F. Dortmund have been in solid form since their defeat, reeling off back-to-back wins in their last two outings to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg, but they need to be on their mettle against Inter.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League clash between Borussia Dortmund and Inter at Signal Iduna Park.