Borussia Dortmund eventually ran out 6-1 winners away to bottom of the Bundesliga SC Paderborn on Sunday.
Lucien Favre’s side saw more of the possession and territory in the first half without really testing Leopold Zingerle in the home side’s goal. Julian Brandt and Emre Can missing good opportunities.
Paderborn had only conceded one goal in their three draws following the restart but ran out of energy in the second half today as Borussia Dortmund’s quality eventually pulled through.
Thorgan Hazard opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second half with a tap in from close range, moments after missing the target with a similar effort.
An excellent first touch from Julian Brandt took him inside the penalty area to setup Jadon Sancho from close range to make it 2-0 only three minutes later. This was the Englishman’s first start since the restart having appeared fro the bench in each of Dortmund’s three previous games as he returns to full match fitness.
Paderborn were handed a lifeline in the final 20 minutes when a penalty was harshly awarded against Emre Can for handball, despite his arm being tucked into his chest. Uwe Hunemeier converted.
The one-goal deficit lasted less than three minutes though as Sancho produced a fine finish for his second of the game and his 16th of the season. Borussia Dortmund had been without an out-and-out striker due to Erling Haaland’s injury, so Hazard and Sancho split the honours up front.
Achraf Hakimi completed the route five minutes from time with a good finish from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. With the game out of sight and the temporary rule that allows a maximum of five substitutes per team, Favre as able to introduce youngsters Giovanni Reyna, Leonardo Balerdi and Mateu Morey.
Another player to be introduced in the final 10 minutes was the experienced Marcel Schmelzer. The 32-year-old had already set up Hakimi’s goal before getting on the end of a cross himself to make it 5-1.
There was still time for Jadon Sancho to complete his hat-trick in the first minute of stoppage time as the Paderborn defence went missing. 6-1.
Victory gives Borussia Dortmund a five point lead over RB Leipzig in fifth before their trip to 1. FC Koln on Monday night.
Paderborn prop up the Bundesliga table, eight points adrift of Fortuna Dusseldorf in the relegation play-off with five games to play.