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By The Atlas Lions, Oct 5 2019 08:48PM

Real Madrid ace Achraf Hakimi is continuing to impress for loan club Borussia Dortmund, the youngster scored a sensational goal vs Freiburg earlier today.


Full-back Achraf Hakimi scored his third goal in two games for German giants Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg this afternoon.


This comes after the ace bagged brace for Lucien Favre’s side in the Champions League during midweek, take a look at Hakimi’s strikes here.


In the 67th minute of today’s clash, England sensation Jadon Sancho picked out the marauding right-back with an inch-perfect pass.


Hakimi showed sensational skill to effortlessly glide past his man before unleashing a shot on goal. The 20-year-old’s effort was deflected into the back of the net.



By The Atlas Lions, Oct 5 2019 08:42PM

Achraf Hakimi believes he is now a better player than the one who arrived at Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan from Real Madrid in summer 2018.


The 20-year-old underlined his budding reputation as one of the most exciting full-backs in world football with a match-winning display away to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, contributing both goals in a 2-0 win.


In fact, calling Hakimi a full-back is to do the Morocco international a disservice; he excelled in a new role in Prague, playing in front of Raphael Guerreiro on the left flank.


"I was a bit surprised that the coach started me in such an attacking position," Hakimi said after the game. "I know I can play there, and I'm just happy that I could help the team to victory."


That he certainly did. His first goal came at the end of a 100-metre sprint from the edge of his own penalty area, at which point he still had the energy and composure to cut inside, wait patiently for an opening and fire Dortmund in front.


His second was no less impressive, again romping forward on the counter, this time in the 88th minute, before finishing from a tight angle, becoming the first Moroccan to score a Champions League brace in the process.


At full time, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc did not hold back in his assessment of the BVB No.5's display: "He had a superb match as an attacking winger and he decided the game for us."


While it was Hakimi's first outing on the left side of midfield, he did briefly play on the opposite flank earlier this season, replacing Jadon Sancho in the 74th minute of Dortmund's DFB Cup first-round victory away to KFC Uerdingen.


Such versatility is nothing new for the youngster, who has also made 16 appearances in all competitions at right-back for Lucien Favre's side, and another 20 at left-back.


Understandably, such a wealth and variety of top-level experience has had a positive effect on Hakimi, who had found his path to first-team football blocked at Real Madrid.


"Sometimes you have to have experiences like this, you have to go somewhere else so that you can get to where you want to be," he told Spanish publication AS. "In my case that meant coming to Germany and I have to say it's been great. I'm really grateful for the opportunity I've been given to keep on growing as a player and as a person.


"I've kicked on, which is something I needed to do, and I'm a better player and am getting regular football, playing week in, week out and really enjoying myself. All in all, it has a real impact on your confidence and I'm grateful to the club, the coaches and the players. That confidence is what allows you to really just express yourself and go out there and play with freedom. I'm now a different Achraf."


So much so that despite being schooled as a right-back in the Spanish capital he now feels capable of doing a job anywhere: "I wouldn't be able to tell you which side I'm more comfortable on. I've learned a lot playing on both flanks and I'm going to keep on doing so. I think it's a real string to my bow: any coach who has a player able to play on both wings, someone versatile, knows that this benefits the team."


Hakimi's rapid rise and top-level consistency have inevitably led to calls for him to return to Spain when his loan spell in Dortmund ends.


The player himself, however, is content to keep his head down and let his football do the talking: "There'll be time to talk to [Real coach] Zinedine Zidane later. He is focused on his own work right now and I’m very focused here. It wouldn’t be a disappointment or failure not to return to Madrid in the summer; what I want is to continue growing."

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 1 2019 11:18AM

(Bundesliga.com) Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018/19 season with a broken metatarsal.


The Morocco international was a second-half substitute in BVB’s dramatic late win over Wolfsburg on Matchday 27 as they retook top spot in the Bundesliga table ahead of Bayern Munich.


Hakimi, however, lasted just 25 minutes before he himself had to be replaced after damaging his right foot.


The 20-year-old, who has made 21 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund in the first season of his two-year loan from Real Madrid, has since undergone surgery on his damaged foot back in the Spanish capita. He will miss Borussia’s remaining seven league matches, including Saturday’s potential title-decider at Bayern.


As well as contributing two goals and four assists, Hakimi has proven a good-luck charm this season for his new club. Showing versatility to play at both right and left-back, he remained unbeaten in his first 17 Bundesliga appearances and has in fact lost just one of his 21 games in the German top flight.


It’s a blow to Lucien Favre’s side ahead of Der Klassiker after Hakimi himself came on for injured left-back Abdou Diallo. The Swiss coach already had issues in defence with right-back Lukasz Piszczek absent for several weeks with a heel injury. Former first-choice left-back Marcel Schmelzer has featured just 11 times this season, and may be needed at the Allianz Arena for his first league appearance since January.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 26 2019 07:56PM

(Ahram online) Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund scored three times in seven minutes to demolish lowly Hanover 96 5-1 on Saturday and move nine points clear at the top of the table.


Dortmund captain Marco Reus hit the post and Raphael Guerreiro also went close in the first half before Achraf Hakimi thundered in to give the hosts the lead in the 24th minute.


The Morocco international set up Reus for his 12th league goal of the season in the 60th minute before Dortmund turned on the afterburners, scoring twice more through Goetze two minutes later and Guerreiro in the 67th to leave the Hanover defence in tatters.


Marvin Bakalorz snatched a consolation goal for the visitors in the 86th minute after a superb solo run and a deflected effort before Axel Witsel completed Dortmund's win in the 90th.


The Ruhr valley club, who take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next month, are now on 48 points, nine ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, who host VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.


Borussia Moenchengladbach joined them on 39 points after their 2-0 win over Augsburg.

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 11 2018 01:27PM

(BBC Sports) Morocco's defender Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan from Real Madrid at German club Borussia Dortmund, has won a second Bundesliga's Rookie of the Month award.


The 20-year-old beat strikers Jean-Philippe Mateta of Mainz and Fortuna Düsseldorf's Dodi Lukebakio to November's prize, after winning it in September.


His brace of awards mean he earns a nomination for the award as the Bundesliga Rookie of the season.


If he wins the end-of-season title he will succeed compatriot Amine Harit, who was the Bundesliga's Rookie for the 2017/18 season.


An ever-present in the squad, the Moroccan has made a strong impact as Dortmund remain unbeaten in the league and currently sit top of the Bundesliga table.


The Real Madrid academy graduate made nine league appearances for the Spanish club under Zinedine Zidane last season.


As well as his league appearances Hakimi also played five times in the Copa del Rey and twice in the Champions League before sealing a two-year loan switch to Germany in July.


"We will try to do what we did with Paco [Alcacer, who was signed on permanent deal from Barcelona recently]," said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.


German legend Lothar Matthaus is the face of the award and chooses his top three players every month, after data is used to say who is performing the best in the league.


Hakimi, an attacking full-back, started all three of Morocco's games at the World Cup in Russia before they were eliminated in the group stage.


He has played all the Group B matches so far as the Atlas Lions sealed a return to next year's Africa Cup of Nations.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 27 2018 12:13PM

By Morocco World News


Having taken part in the entire match, Amine Harit scored the home team’s second goal in the 32nd minute.


It’s his first goal this season in the league. Following this score, Schalke took 14th place with 13 points. On Saturday, Schalke 04 defeated Nuremberg in the 12th round of the Bundesliga (5-2).


The 21-year-old Moroccan, an attacking midfielder, registered his name on the scoresheet as the Royal Blues secured their fourth league victory of the season.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 26 2018 12:32PM

Hans-Joachim Watzke said the Bundesliga club will try to land the Morocco international on a permanent deal from Real Madrid but warned: "It will not be easy."


Borussia Dortmund will attempt to secure loanee defender Achraf Hakimi on a permanent deal, according to club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.


The 20-year-old is on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and has made eight league appearances in Dortmund's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.


Watzke used a speech to his playing staff to welcome Paco Alcácer to the club after activating the option to purchase the Spain striker from Barcelona outright and stated his intent to follow up the deal with another one for Hakimi.


"Dear Paco Alcácer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund," said Watzke, who was speaking at the club's annual assembly.


"And Achraf Hakimi - we will try to do the same thing with you, even though it will not be easy."


Hakimi made nine league appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, scoring twice for the club then coached by Zinedine Zidane.


Since then, Julen Lopetegui's ill-fated spell in charge of Los Blancos has come and gone, and it is unclear whether his successor Santiago Solari will include Hakimi in his plans.


Morocco international Hakimi has made the left-back spot his own this season, limiting Raphael Guerreiro's opportunities in the first-team.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 12 2018 09:48AM

Achraf Hakimi vs Bayern Munich:

All eyes were glued on “Der Klassiker” as the blockbuster match up in the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund have started the season on fire, and going into the match led Bayern Munich by four points at the top of the table. Lucien Farve has done a nice job rotating the full backs and found himself with a selection headache heading into the match. Four quality options for two spots: Achraf, Schmelzer, Guerro, and Piszczek. Of those four, Achraf seems to be the undisputed starter and his versatility has only aided his ability to gobble up minutes, easily interchanging between left and right back. Against Bayern, Achraf was deployed as a left back— the same position that saw him produce a hat trick of assists against Atletico Madrid.


The first half, Borussia Dortmund were underwhelming with Lucien Farve making the strange decision to start Mario Gotze as a false nine and give Julien Weigl the nod over Delaney, who has started the season spectacularly. Bayern dominated possession in the opening half, but Dortmund found their way through Kovac’s men via the counter on a number of occasions. Defensively, Bayern Munich were a shambles all night long. Though, with Bayern’s strong possession game, Achraf had to be tuned in defensively. Franck Ribery was having a field day playing against Piszczek, which meant Achraf had to be prepared to defend from the weak side. This season, that has been one of Achraf’s best attributes; time and time again Achraf was well positioned on the weak side to intercept a cross or track an incisive run. Given their early dominance, Bayern did find a way to goal. Robert Lewandowski scored a free diving header after Serge Gnarby was given too much time and space by Achraf to curl in a cross, while young center back, Dan Axel-Zagadou, was caught ball watching, rather than tracking Lewandowski who had peeled off him to create separation and nod the ball home.


It must have been some team talk at half-time from Lucien Farve, as Dortmund shed their reserved style and attacked Bayern from all fronts. Achraf, who was quiet on the offensive end in the first half, exploded into life in the second half. He constantly bombed down the flank to provide an attacking option for his teammates and help fuel a counter attack with his blazing speed. Unlike Marcelo, Achraf has the speed and the engine to get back and cover the space he leaves behind making him less of a liability defensively, while still being able to maintain the same attacking mindset. Ultimately, Dortmund roared back in the second half, scoring three goal and winning what was a thoroughly entertaining match by a 3-2 score line.


Stats via WhoScored:


Key Passes: 2


Passes: 42 with 71.4% completion rate


Shots: 1


Tackles: 4 (joint top on team)


Clearances: 4


Aerial Duels Won: 2


Touches: 75 (3rd most on team)







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