Borussia Dortmund scored six times in an entertaining second-half, including a superb hat-trick from Jadon Sancho, to defeat bottom side SC Paderborn 6-1.
Having picked up a disappointing defeat to title rivals Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Die Schwarzgelben travelled to the bottom-placed club, knowing three points was a must to keep their faint hopes of winning the league alive.
And with Erling Haaland ruled out from the team with a knee problem, the away side chose to recall England winger Jadon Sancho back into the starting lineup to help make up for the missing Norwegian's attacking prowess...
? Our Starting XI vs. Paderborn ?— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) May 31, 2020
Welcome back, Jadon! ? pic.twitter.com/K9m0kaGZf1
Jadon Sancho back in the starting XI is huge for Borussia Dortmund. They’ve missed his spark over the last few games. Paderborn could be in for a difficult evening. #SCPBVB— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) May 31, 2020
MANCHESTER UNITED’s Jadon Sancho makes first start for Borussia Dortmund since the Bundesliga returned to action— Sean Miller (@TheProdigalSean) May 31, 2020
But it became apparent that it was going to be a difficult game for Dortmund, who struggled to find a way past their opponents throughout the first half, even with the lion-share of possession.
Paderborn are doing well crowding out the midfield. Long balls are the only way for Dortmund to attack at the moment. Perhaps Dahoud woulda been more useful in this. #SCPBVB— Anas Ali (@Thebumpstock) May 31, 2020
Time for Dortmund to turn up in Paderborn....this is not even close to GOOD— Jan Aage Fjortoft ?️? ?? (@JanAageFjortoft) May 31, 2020
Yet Paderborn couldn't hold on for much longer, and Thorgan Hazard capitalised to open the deadlock for the away side.
Can beats Strohdiek on the outside, his low cross is spilled by Zingerle and Hazard is there to pounce. #scpbvb— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) May 31, 2020
Minutes later, his partner-in-crime Sancho would double the lead for Dortmund, who had suddenly come to life.
Sancho makes it two, lovely attacking play from Dortmund. Brandt with the assist as the Englishman now sits on 15 goals and 16 assists for the season. #SCPBVB— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 31, 2020
The party seemed to be under threat when Paderborn were given a penalty, which was converted by Uwe Hünemeier.
But Sancho had other ideas, curling in a left-foot finish past Leopold Zingerle to restore their two-goal lead.
Jadon Sancho magic, one outlet called him fat last week........ #SCPBVB— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 31, 2020
With the floodgates now truly open, Achraf Hakimi got on the act with his strike that made it 4-1 to Dortmund.
Achraf Hakimi has been directly involved in 15 goals this season for Borussia Dortmund in Bundesliga:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 31, 2020
❍ 5 goals
❍ 10 assists
Provider turned goalscorer. ✨ pic.twitter.com/IxJrBzeiLM
Dortmund are lethal on the counter! Also some of the Bundesliga teams are farmers league quality! Sancho, brandt, hazard, with hakimi and guerriero on the flanks they are excellent going forward!— Pratik (@Pratik9T) May 31, 2020
Substitute Marcel Schmelzer, who rarely gets onto the scoresheet, was then presented with a golden opportunity to make it five - which he couldn't pass up....
And before the referee had time to blow the final whistle, Sancho capped off a sensational second-half display with the team's sixth goal to seal his hat-trick (the first of his professional career), and a crushing victory over the Bundesliga's bottom club.
New stat following Jadon Sancho hattrick. He has become the youngest player in Bundesliga history to hit 30 goals. The previous record holder was Kai Havertz of Leverkusen. Sancho‘s first Bundesliga hattrick. #SCPBVB— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) May 31, 2020
Sure that hat-trick has convinced Dortmund to chuck another £10m on Sancho’s price— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) May 31, 2020
This is some stat to cap it off...
1989 - @Sanchooo10 is the first English player to score a hat-trick in one of the other top five European leagues since Brian Stein for Caen against Cannes in Ligue 1 - exactly 31 years ago today (31/05/1989). Remarkable. pic.twitter.com/JPlOApimOp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 31, 2020
Source : 90min