Borussia Dortmund rebounded from the tough loss to Bayern Munich by crushing last-place Paderborn on Sunday 6-1 with Jadon Sancho scoring a hat trick. It was a match that was at 2-1 late in the second half, but Dortmund scored four goals in the last 16 minutes plus stoppage time to run away with all three points. Dortmund has now scored nine goals against Padeborn on the season following their 3-3 draw in the first match early on in the campaign.
Dortmund once again trails Bayern by seven points in the table with five games remaining.
Here are the scores and three takeaways from the game:
Dortmund 6, Paderborn 1 (FT)
⚽ Dortmund - Thorgan Hazard (54')
⚽ Dortmund - Jadon Sancho (57')
⚽ Paderborn - Uwe Hunenmeier (Penalty - 72')
⚽ Dortmund - Jadon Sancho (74')
⚽ Dortmund - Achraf Hakimi (85')
⚽ Dortmund - Marcel Schmelzer (89')
⚽ Dortmund - Jadon Sancho (90+2')
Sancho looked just fine
For all of the questions as to whether Sancho was fit or not, he appeared to be more than fit in this one. The England international had 74 touches, won 40 percent of his challenges, record three total shots, put all of them on frame and scored each one. Now that's efficient. He didn't look a step slow, he was quick and clinical, and it was one of his best performances in a Dortmund shirt.
For a player linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and others, it's safe to say he is fine and now in really good form. What a performance.
Sancho, Hakimi also make statement
Sancho paid tribute to the death of George Floyd with a message on his undershirt reading "Justice for George Floyd." After his first goal, he ran to the side, looked right at the camera and showed off his shirt. Floyd was arrested and died in police custody last Friday after officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for over eight minutes in an event that has led to widespread protests in the United States. Chauvin has since been charged.
Here's how the goal and tribute looked:
Hakmi also participated on the Floyd tribute with a similar shirt:
Schalke's Weston McKennie
Reyna looked sharp in limited minutes
American Gio Reyna got 10 minutes of regulation plus stoppage time in this one and looked sharp in limited time. He could have gotten more time had it not been for Dortmund's attack dominating, but he still had a quality outing. He nearly scored late with a fine low strike that was saved by the goalkeeper's fingertips, was sharp with his passing and looks more and more comfortable. He never looks like a 17-year-old out there playing, more like a 22-year-old established player with a really bright future.
We'll have to wait and see if he gets more minutes next Saturday against Hertha Berlin.