Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen: Jadon Sancho scores stunning volley as Lucien Favre’s side go three points clear in Bundlesliga
- Borussia Dortmund lead the Bundesliga by three points after victory on Sunday
- Dan-Axel Zagadou opened the scoring, with Jadon Sancho picking up the assist
- Only a minute after Kevin Volland equalised, Sancho netted a brilliant volley
- Mario Gotze added to their lead before Jonathan Tah gave Leverkusen hope
Borussia Dortmund held on to get their Bundesliga title challenge back on track with a 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
Mario Gotze scored the winner on the hour-mark to give Dortmund their first victory in four league games and keep the side three points ahead of his former club Bayern Munich, who had moved level with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Dortmund, who led the Bundesliga by nine points at one stage, were without a win in five games across all competitions.
Jadon Sancho scored the pick of the goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Leverkusen 3-1
England international netted a stunning first-half volley to help Bundesliga leaders’ title push
Dortmund now sit three points clear of Bayern Munich thanks to their victory on Sunday
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Burki; Hakimi, Akanji, Zagadou, Diallo; Witsel, Weigl; Sancho, Gotze (Dahoud 83), Guerreiro (Bruun Larsen 75); Alcacer (Wolf 90):
Subs not used: Delaney, Hitz, Philipp, Schmelzer
Goals: Zagadou 30, Sancho 38, Gotze 60
Yellow cards: Guerreiro
Bayer Leverkusen (4-3-3): Hradecky; Weiser, Tah, Bender, Jedvaj; Baumgartlinger, Havertz, Aranguiz; Bailey (Alario 70), Volland, Brandt
Subs not used: Wendell, Dragovic, Thelin, Kohr, Ozcan, Paulinho
Goals: Volland 37, Tah 75
Yellow cards: Tah, Jedvaj
Leverkusen had been on a four-game winning run under new coach Peter Bosz, who was fired by Dortmund in December 2017, when the side were undergoing its last major winless run.
The Dutch coach was given a warm welcome on his return, and his new side quickly showed what could have been as it dominated the opening 25 minutes. The visitors pressed and harried their opponents, circulated the ball to keep them chasing, and kept Dortmund pegged back with no time for respite.
‘We didn’t have control of the game. Leverkusen had that,’ Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said.
Sven Bender went close against his former side before the 19-year-old Kai Havartz flashed a shot just wide.
Then Leverkusen dropped intensity for a few minutes. Jadon Sancho tested goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky in the 28th, Julian Weigl was blocked by Jonathan Tah, and Dan-Axel Zagadou scored from close range in the 31st after Sancho whipped in a corner.
Dan-Axel Zagadou opened the scoring in a 10-minute spell that brought three goals
The Borussia Dortmund players celebrate taking the lead after half an hour against Leverkusen
A minute before Sancho’s goal Kevin Volland (C) equalised for the visitors at Signal Iduna Park
The Leverkusen captain is mobbed by his team-mates – but their jubilation was short-lived
Mario Gotze fired home a loose ball from the edge of the box to put Dortmund two goals clear
Dortmund’s stand-in skipper slides on his knees to celebrate their third at Signal Iduna Park
Kevin Volland replied six minutes later after combining with Havertz to evade the home side’s defence and shooting through Axel Witsel’s legs.
But Sancho restored Dortmund’s lead a minute later when he was left free to meet Abdou Diallo’s cross with a brilliant volley inside the far post.
The second half was more balanced and Gotze scored what proved to the winner when Achraf Hakimi’s cross was deflected into his path to shoot inside the left post.
Paco Alcacer thought he’d scored minutes later after some wonderful combination play in the buildup from Dortmund, but the Spanish striker had strayed just offside before he rounded Hradecky. It meant the former Barcelona striker, who started with 12 goals in his first 11 Bundesliga appearances, hasn’t scored in seven since.
Tah pulled one back for Leverkusen with a header off Julian Brandt’s simple free kick to the back, but this time there was no late collapse from the home side. Dortmund conceded three late goals in its previous home game to draw 3-3 with Hoffenheim.
Jonathan Tah ensured it was a nervy finish on Sunday but Dortmund held on for victory
The visiting Leverkusen supporters made their presence felt at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday
The travelling fans set off a number of flares to turn Dortmund red – but they still fell to defeat