Football

Sancho hits hat-trick as Dortmund thump Paderborn

Jadon Sancho revealed a ‘Justice for George Floyd’ message as he marked his first start since the resumption of the Bundesliga with a stunning second-half hat-trick in Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 victory at rock-bottom Paderborn.

The England international followed up Thorgan Hazard’s simple 54th minute opener with his own tap-in three minutes later, and was quick to remove his shirt and show solidarity with those protesting against racism in the USA.

The 20-year-old then restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage with his 16th league strike of the campaign after Uwe Hünemeier’s penalty had briefly reduced the arrears.

Achraf Hakimi and substitute Marcel Schmelzer rubbed salt in the hosts’ wounds with late efforts before Sancho rounded off a wonderful display with his third of the evening in stoppage time.

Die Schwarzgelben were without the injured Erling Haaland and it initially showed as they lacked inspiration in attack throughout a disappointing first period. However, the visitors stepped it up markedly after the break to bounce back from their Der Klassiker defeat in style and move to within seven points of leaders Bayern Munich.

Next up, Lucien Favre’s men host Hertha Berlin on Saturday while Paderborn face another tough test when they visit RB Leipzig.