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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 18 +27 45
2 Bayern Munich 18 +20 39
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 +19 36
4 RB Leipzig 18 +13 31
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 +13 30
6 VfL Wolfsburg 18 +4 28
7 Hertha Berlin 18 +1 27
8 TSG Hoffenheim 18 +7 25
9 Werder Bremen 18 0 25
10 Bayer Leverkusen 18 -4 24
11 Mainz 18 -4 24
12 Schalke 04 18 -3 21
13 SC Freiburg 18 -6 21
14 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 -13 21
15 FC Augsburg 18 -5 15
16 VfB Stuttgart 18 -24 14
17 Hannover 96 18 -19 11
18 Nurnberg 18 -26 11