January 31, 2023



Bundesliga roundup: Jadon Sancho cameo keeps Dortmund’s hopes alive | Football

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Jadon Sancho came off the bench to help boost Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga title hopes with a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg, while Borussia Mönchengladbach slipped to fourth with a 3-1 home defeat by Bayer Leverkusen. Bayern Munich, the leaders, were in action in the late game, at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Raphaël Guerreiro put Dortmund in front in the 32nd minute before Sancho, who is still being used sparingly after a groin strain, launched a lightning counterattack which ended in Achraf Hakimi firing his side’s second goal in the 78th minute. Wolfsburg midfielder Felix Klaus’s late dismissal for a foul on Manuel Akanji ended any hopes of a comeback.

Dortmund, who started the day four points adrift of Bayern Munich and knew they could not afford any further slip-ups, will now face their rivals in a potential title decider on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile, Kai Havertz scored a brace for the second match in the row to lead Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at Mönchengladbach as they leap-frogged their opponents.

As with all Bundesliga matches since the coronavirus outbreak, the game was played behind closed doors but the stands were brightened by around 20,000 cutouts of real Gladbach fans, who each paid €19 to have their cardboard images placed in the stadium.

Havertz fired Leverkusen ahead in the seventh minute and, although Marcus Thuram levelled in the 52nd minute, the 20-year-old struck again from a penalty six minutes later after Nico Elvedi brought down Karim Bellarabi with a late sliding challenge.

Sven Bender headed in a third from a free kick in the 81st minute to leave Leverkusen third with 53 points, one ahead of Gladbach, who dropped to fourth.

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