Sancho breaks English and Bundesliga records with Borussia Dortmund hat-trick

Ross Houston
June 1, 2020

The highlight of the match was 22-year-old Thuram's thoughtful celebration in support of the ongoing US protests following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd.

Several further Dortmund players also had undershirts noting their support for the protests now taking place in Floyd's name.

Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for greater than eight minutes as he advised them "I can't breathe".

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Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup victor Lilian Thuram, grabbed his second goal on the hour, tapping in at the far post after Plea threaded another pass through the Union defence.

Morocco global, Achraf Hakimi, who scored Dortmund's fourth goal at Paderborn, also lifted his jersey to deliver the same message as Sancho.

"We're going to give everything to win every game", said Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki.

Dortmund's three-man attack of Sancho, Hazard, and Germany winger Julian Brandt finally broke through early in the second half.

The 20-year-old Sancho was booked after removing his playing shirt in the second-half to reveal the T-shirt with his message.

Ashraf Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer scored the other two goals for the boys in Yellow.

Thuram, the son of 1998 World Cup victor Lilian Thuram, briefly accepted the congratulations of his teammates during the 4-1 win over Union Berlin, earlier than dropping to his knee for 5 seconds together with his head bowed.

Gladbach dropped points in their last two matches, a 3-1 home loss in the first week that was quickly followed by a 0-0 draw against Werder Bremen.

On Saturday, reigning champions Bayern Munich opened a 10-point lead with a 5-0 thrashing of Fortuna Duesseldorf with the league's top-scorer Robert Lewandowski netting twice.

RB Leipzig, fifth on 55, take on Cologne on Monday.

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