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. “I knew about Hakimi's quality,” Slavia coach Jindrich Trpisovsky said. “I think that in few years, he will be among the three or four best full-backs in the world. His potential is tremendous.”
Both teams drew their opening Group F games. With two more draws in its last two Bundesliga games, Dortmund was under pressure in Prague. The 1997 European champions responded by using its speedy players to threaten throughout an entertaining game between two attack-minded sides.
Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho needed just a minute to break into the area but had his goal-bound attempt denied by Kolar. Just after halftime, Kolar again stopped Sancho on a fast counter. Slavia wasted its best scoring chance in the 21st when Lukas Masopust connected with a through ball by Nicolae Stanciu but failed to beat Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki in a one-on-one situation.
Ahead of the game, fans paid tribute to late Czech pop music singer Karel Gott, who died on Tuesday at age 80, with a minute of applause. Gott was also a star in Germany. “Ruhe in Frieden, Karel Gott,” _ or “Rest in Peace, Karel Gott” _ Dortmund tweeted.
Gott released an altered version of his German hit “Maya the Bee” for the Bundesliga club in 1996. Barcelona hosted Inter later Wednesday in the other Group F game. Next, Dortmund travels to Inter while Slavia hosts Barcelona on Oct 23.
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