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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Jadon Sancho (13')
  • Marco Reus (55', 79')
  • Maximilian Philipp (63')

Jadon Sancho stars as Dortmund boost UCL hopes with victory over Leverkusen

Jadon Sancho celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Bayer Leverkusen. Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images

Jadon Sancho starred as Borussia Dortmund took a big step toward Champions League qualification, thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 on Saturday.

The English forward scored one goal -- his first in the Bundesliga -- and displayed wonderful skill before setting up two more to help Dortmund replace Leverkusen in third, three points clear. The top four qualify for the European club competition.

Sancho, a member of England's triumphant Under-17s World Cup campaign last year, was handed a rare start and took advantage by scoring early when he curled the ball inside the far post after some good work from Christian Pulisic.

Marco Reus had a goal ruled out for offside and a penalty kick saved, but he finally scored when Mario Gotze set him free with a deft touch early in the second half.

Sancho showed a wonderful first touch to take the ball with the side of his foot in his stride before setting up Maximilian Philipp for Dortmund's third, and the 18-year-old Sancho picked out Reus with a precise cross for the fourth with Germany coach Joachim Low in the stands.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Dortmund 22 +31 51
2 Bayern Munich 22 +24 48
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 +20 43
4 RB Leipzig 22 +22 41
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +7 36
6 VfL Wolfsburg 22 +5 35
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +13 34
8 TSG Hoffenheim 22 +12 33
9 Hertha Berlin 22 +3 32
10 Werder Bremen 22 +4 31
11 Mainz 22 -13 27
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 -16 25
13 SC Freiburg 22 -8 24
14 Schalke 04 22 -7 23
15 FC Augsburg 22 -9 18
16 VfB Stuttgart 22 -32 15
17 Hannover 96 22 -27 14
18 Nurnberg 22 -29 13