Well that was fun. BVB won 6-1 against Paderborn in a exciting game. BVB now has 60 points this season. The BVB goals were from Thorgan Hazard(54’), Jadon Sancho(57’,74’,90’+), Achraf Hakimi(85’) and Marcel Schmelzer(89’).
The first half was a boring affair. It is clear that both teams were a little gassed from the midweek fixtures. The teams came out of the gates flying but after about 15 minutes the game slowed down to a snails pace. Dortmund had 2⁄3 of the possession but didn’t make much of it. In the last five mins we did have two good opportunities but they both were sky’d over the bar.
The second half things got much more lively. BVB came out of the gates on fire. Our first goal came from Can running to the end of the box and placing a perfect pass to Hazard, who then finished it easily. After this goal BVB was totally in control. 3 minutes later Sancho scored on a run being assisted by Brandt. Paderborn did get one back with an penalty call in the 72’. The pen was called right away with no VAR review. While its up for debate whether it was a good call, it does highlight how insane the Bayern no call was. Dortmund didn’t let that pen call get to them because they kept on the pressure after. Sancho scored our third goal with what I’d say was the best goal of the game. He received the ball at the top of the box and threaded the shot past two defenders and the goal keeper. Hakimi had the next goal on a in the box laser that had no chance of being saved. He was assisted by Marcel Schmelzer, a fan favorite of BVB fans everywhere. An assist made everyone happy but then Marcel scored a funny falling goal to make it 5-1. Its great to see a club legend get a G+A for us in what may be his last season. Sancho capped the game off with a 3rd goal to complete his hat trick. He got a nice through ball from Mateu Morey and slotted it easily. Morey looked great in his limited time. I think we will see much more of him next season.
So overall a great game from BVB. Evreryone played very well. Despite Hummels getting a 5th yellow earning him a suspension, this is the exact game we needed coming off Bayern and heading to Hertha.
Of course I can’t do a wrap up of this game without discussing Jadon Sancho’s celebration after his first goal. Jadon removed his kit showing a shirt with justice for George Floyd written on it. George Floyd, an black man in Minneapolis, was executed by police officers on last week. Since then protests against police brutality have engulfed the US. Dortmund as a club have never shied away from the political and have been very vocal about stomping out racism wherever it grows. Sancho’s celebration is a great sign of solidarity with Americans as they fight for what is right. Also props to Achraf Hakimi who also had a justice for George Floyd shirt under his kit that removed after the game. Its good to see players who play for our team standing up for what is right.