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Bundesliga Week 29 Highlights: Dortmund Blast Paderborn for Six, But Bayern Set the Standard

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Jadon Sancho George Floyd Tribute
Jadon Sancho netted three times for Dortmund and revealed a tribute to George Floyd under his jersey. Lars Baron/EPA.

Jadon Sancho became the youngest player in history to score 30 Bundesliga goals after bagging his first senior hat-trick during Borussia Dortmund’s 6-1 win away to Paderborn on Sunday.

Such a wide win couldn’t reduce the seven-point gap keeping them from runaway leaders Bayern Munich, who soared to their own victory with a 5-0 trouncing of Fortuna Dusseldorf in Week 29.

RB Leipzig looked energetic en route to a 4-2 beating of Cologne on Monday and maintain their pattern of resilient away form, with Timo Werner netting his 25th goal of the league season.

Borussia Monchengladbach beat Union Berlin 4-1 to keep up the pressure on Dortmund in second, while Hertha Berlin continued their impressive run of form by beating Augsburg at home.

Werder Bremen also keep showing improvement and took a giant step toward top-flight safety after besting Schalke, who are now nine matches without a win. Eintracht Frankfurt were the only team with a comparable record prior to beating Wolfsburg 2-1 away on Saturday.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf

The Bavarian juggernaut continued its mission toward an eighth consecutive Bundesliga crown on Saturday after mauling Fortuna, temporarily opening a 10-point gulf at the summit.

Robert Lewandowski scored twice to bring his total for the season up to 29 goals, two away from beating his personal best in the Bundesliga (30). The Pole scored either side of half-time and sits on 43 goals for the campaign in total, matching his career-best mark with games to spare:

The “FC Bayern Roadrunner,” Alphonso Davies, was again among the scorers thanks to his never-give-up attitude, with Benjamin Pavard and a Mathias Jorgensen own-goal also boosting the deficit:

Paderborn 1-6 Borussia Dortmund

As if ashamed of a scoreless first half at the Benteler-Arena on Sunday, Dortmund made up for it with a six-goal frenzy in the second period, complete with a maiden hat-trick for 20-year-old Sancho:

The Englishman’s first start since the season resumed couldn’t have gone much better, though Sancho directed attention to protests in the United States following the murder of civilian George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin:

Lucien Favre’s side were lacking an end product with Erling Haaland out injured, but makeshift frontman Thorgan Hazard eased tensions soon after the restart.

Achraf Hakimi and substitute Marcel Schmelzer also contributed to the rout, while Uwe Hunemeier converted for the hosts from the spot after Emre Can blocked a shot with his arm in the box.

Paderborn remain eight points from automatic safety with five games to go, and their chances will diminish further if 17th-place Bremen beat Frankfurt in their game in hand on Wednesday.

Cologne 2-4 RB Leipzig

Leipzig are unbeaten in six away games after dominating Cologne 4-2 at the RheinEnergieStadion on Monday, moving back up to third in the standings after another classy display on the road.

The visitors won each half by a single goal and responded well to Jhon Cordoba’s early opener, leading 2-1 at the break thanks to finishes from Roma loanee Patrik Schick and Christopher Nkunku:

Werner briefly boosted their lead before Anthony Modeste scored following a smart swivel from the edge of the box:

Winter signing Dani Olmo scored his first Bundesliga goal to restore Leipzig’s two-goal cushion and seal a second successive away win.

Werner continues a career-best campaign following a 25th league goal—his 31st in all competitions—while fellow scorers Nkunku, Schick and Olmo keep impressing in their first seasons at Leipzig.

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Union Berlin

Another five-goal showcase saw Borussia Monchengladbach move back to third—at least for now—after French forwards Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea stole the show against Union.

Florian Neuhaus got the breakthrough before Plea plated Thuram twice in succession, the first of which was an expertly placed header not long before the break:

Plea—who now has double digits in goals and assists—scored his 10th of the campaign nine minutes from time, while Sebastian Andersson’s headed finish briefly gave Union a sight at 2-1.

Wolfsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

Wolfsburg will be howling that they succumbed 2-1 to an Eintracht side without a win in six league games prior to their clash, especially with Bas Dost coming back to haunt his former employers at the Volkswagen Arena.

The Dutchman came on as a late substitute to assist Daichi Kamada for an 85th-minute winner after Kevin Mbabu cancelled out Andre Silva’s opener.

That should take nothing away from Japan international Kamada, who has hit a rich vein of form at just the right time for Frankfurt (now unbeaten in two after five straight losses), per Statman Dave:

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg

Hertha’s upward trajectory continued after a 2-0 win over an in-form Augsburg, though it wasn’t until the second minute of injury time that the result was truly out of sight:

Krzysztof Piatek sprung clear to add a decisive second almost 70 minutes after Javairo Dilrosun scored Hertha’s first. They continue their fine run under new coach Bruno Labbadia and are up to ninth after scoring at least two for the sixth match in succession.

Schalke 0-1 Werder Bremen

Schalke solidified their spot as the most out-of-form team in the Bundesliga after recording a fourth straight loss in Week 29, this time surrendering 1-0 at home to Werder Bremen.

Leonardo Bittencourt came up with the difference-maker for a second time in three outings after Jean-Clair Todibo was caught upfield in possession, and the Miners could have few arguments with the finish:

Bremen have taken seven points from the last possible nine and could be one win from safety, while former European-place contenders Schalke are now in danger of slipping into the bottom half.

Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen

Friday’s sole fixture was far from the barnstormer most fans were hoping would start Week 29, but Kai Havertz resumed his goal rush with Bayer Leverkusen’s only shot on target in the match:

A record-breaking finish from the 20-year-old saw the Factory Squad to a slim win at Freiburg, who are yet to record a win since Germany’s top flight got back underway.

Christian Streich’s side were dreaming of a place in the UEFA Europa League place when play was suspended, but a four-point gap to seventh means their chances are drying up.

Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim, on the other hand, can afford to dream of a place in continental competition next term after they beat Mainz 1-0, the club’s first away win since January.

Alfred Schreuder’s side have also won back-to-back games for the first time since that period and are seventh—level on points with Wolfsburg in sixth—following Ihlas Bebou’s decisive strike.

Steven Zuber had a penalty saved earlier in the match before Robin Quaison hit the woodwork for Mainz, who are only one point off the relegation places with five matches to play.

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