Sancho hat-trick keeps Borussia Dortmund in title hunt

first_imgEngland forward Jadon Sancho capped a blistering individual performance with a second half hat-trick which helped Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win at Paderborn on Sunday.The victory kept alive their slim Bundesliga title hopes and left Borussia Dortmund second on 60 points from 29 games with five rounds of matches remaining. They are seven behind champions and league leaders Bayern Munich, while Paderborn remained rooted to the foot of the standings on 19 points.With prolific 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland sidelined by a knee injury, the visitors missed a string of chances in the first half.But Sancho lit up the second half as Borussia Dortmund ran riot.Thorgan Hazard, who took Haaland’s place upfront, gave Borussia Dortmund a 54th minute lead from close range.This was after goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle, who had made a string of good saves, failed to deal with an Emre Can cross from the left. Sancho made it 2-0 with a simple tap-in from two metres three minutes later, thanks to some good work from Julian Brandt.An Uwe Hunemeier penalty kick briefly rekindled Paderborn’s challenge in the 72nd minute.It turned out to be a false dawn as Sancho scored Borussia Dortmund’s third two minutes later with a fine left foot shot from inside the penalty area and Paderborn fell apart in the closing stages.Achraf Hakimi drilled in the fourth in the 85th minute with a crisp shot into the far corner and Marcel Schmelzer added the fifth in the 89th from close range.The unstoppable Sancho broke away at the halfway line barely 60 seconds later. With Paderborn throwing everybody forward for a corner kick, he had all the time and space to put the icing on the cake with a clinical finish.Borussia Dortmund, the 1997 UEFA Champions League winners who last won the German title in 2012, are at home to ninth-placed Hertha Berlin in the next round on Saturday.Paderborn visit fifth-placed RB Leipzig.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Tags: Bayern MunichBorussia DortmundJadon SanchoPaderbornlast_img read more

Jonathan Thomas out against Central Connecticut State due to team rules violation

first_img Published on September 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Syracuse starting strong-side linebacker Jonathan Thomas will not play in SU’s season opener Friday night against Central Connecticut State because of an unspecified team rule violation, SU Athletics confirmed.Thomas, a senior, started nine of 12 games last season. He finished fifth on the team with 52 tackles.Junior Kielan Whitner is behind him on the depth chart.Whitner moved from safety to linebacker this offseason. He started games at both the free and strong safety positions last year. He averaged 3.5 tackles per game in 2016.Weak-side linebacker Parris Bennett and middle linebacker Zaire Franklin, both seniors, round out the unit. Both recorded at least 100 tackles last season to lead the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more