Jadon Sancho hat-trick helps Borussia Dortmund past Paderborn
Jadon Sancho scored a second-half hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund consolidated second place with a comfortable 6-1 win over bottom side Paderborn.
Paderborn 1-6 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Hazard (54'), 0-2 Sancho (57'), 1-2 Hünemeier (pen. 72'), 1-3 Sancho (74'), 1-4 Hakimi (85'), 1-5 Schmelzer (89'), 1-6 Sancho (90'+1)
Paderborn frustrated Dortmund for large periods in the first half, whilst creating a couple of presentable scoring chances through Christopher Antwi-Adjei, who dragged wide either side of BVB's best work. Thorgan Hazard forced Leopold Zingerle into a smart save with Dortmund's first opening of note, before Raphael Guerreiro went close with a fierce strike that was headed for the bottom corner before a Paderborn defender intervened to direct it wide. Emre Can sent a header past the post and drove over as Lucien Favre's side went in at the break level and with plenty of food for thought.
Gerrit Holtmann flashed an inviting ball across goal soon after the restart, but neither Antwi-Adjei nor Dennis Srbeny could apply the finishing touch. It was the wake-up call Dortmund needed as Achraf Hakimi brought the best out of Zingerle and Hazard clipped an effort wide before meeting Guerreiro's low ball to break the deadlock. Sancho slotted in another simple effort from Julian Brandt's inch-perfect cross, but Paderborn refused to throw in the towel. Srebeny had an effort ruled out for offside and former Dortmund defender Uwe Hünemeier reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, only for Sancho to fire in from 18 yards and Hakimi to add a fourth. After US teenager Gio Reyna went within a whisker of a maiden Bundesliga goal, fellow substitute Marcel Schmelzer turned in Axel Witsel's cross, with Sancho completing his hat-trick from close range in added time.
- Sancho scored three from as many shots on goal, extending his season tally to 17 league goals. It was the first hat-trick in his professional career.
- He is the youngest player in Bundesliga history to reach 30 goals, as well as the first player since beginning of detailed data collection (2004-05) to register at least 15 goals and assists in a single Bundesliga campaign.
- Hazard has scored three goals in his last five Bundesliga outings. So has Hakimi.
- Schmelzer scored his first Bundesliga goal in almost seven years.
- Hünemeier made five appearances for Dortmund between 2005 and 2010.
- Dortmund have never lost a competitive match to Paderborn (W4, D2), a fixture in which they’re averaging at least two goals per game.
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Paderborn: Zingerle - Hunemeier, Strohdiek, Schonlau (c) – Dräger, Vasiliadis (Sabiri 83'), Holtmann, Collins - Srbeny (Zolinski 66'), Mamba (Michel 66'), Antwi-Adjei (Jastrzembski 83')
Unused subs: Huth, Jans, Ritter, Pröger, Evans
Out: Gjasula (suspended), Kilian (match fitness)
Coach: Steffen Baumgart
Dortmund: Bürki - Piszczek (c), Hummels, Akanji - Hakimi (Morey 87'), Can (Balerdi 87'), Delaney, Guerreiro (Schmelzer 80') - Brandt (Reyna 80'), Hazard, Sancho
Unused subs: Hitz, Führich, Götze, Raschl
Out: Dahoud (knee), Haaland (knee), Reus (thigh), Schulz (muscular), Zagadou (knee)
Coach: Lucien Favre
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