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…
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.
Yet Paderborn couldn’t hold on for much longer, and Thorgan Hazard capitalised to open the deadlock for the away side.
Minutes later, his partner-in-crime Sancho would double the lead for Dortmund, who had suddenly come to life.
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.
With the floodgates now truly open, Achraf Hakimi got on the act with his strike that made it 4-1 to Dortmund.
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.
This is some stat to cap it off…