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Sancho hits hat-trick, joins 'Justice for George Floyd' protest

Delaney admits Sancho is 'feeling the pressure' of transfer talk Football: Marcus Thuram takes a knee in Bundesliga as Monchengladbach beat Union Berlin 4-1
Cary Erickson | 01 June, 2020, 14:27

At Paderborn, second-placed Dortmund kept their remote title hopes intact as Sancho stole the limelight with teenage striker Erling Braut Haaland sidelined by a leg injury.

The outstanding Sancho, who now has 17 goals and 17 assists in the Bundesliga this season, joined a host of protests in the German top-flight over the weekend at the death of an unarmed black man in the United States.

The 20-year-old was later shown a yellow card for removing his shirt.

On his first start since the resumption of the Bundesliga, England worldwide Sancho tucked in from Julian Brandt's cross in the 57th minute, after Thorgan Hazard had given Dortmund the lead.

Sancho made it 2-0 with a simple tap-in from two metres, three minutes later, before an Uwe Hunemeier penalty briefly rekindled Paderborn's challenge in the 72nd minute.

Sancho was not done there, however, and drilled in a second in the 74th minute before rounding off the win - and his hat-trick - in stoppage time.

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.

"Marcus has made the point".

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His coach Marco Rose said the 22-year-old had "set an example against racism".

"No explanation needed", wrote Borussia Moenchengladbach on the club's official Twitter account.

Union's Swedish striker Sebastian Andersson pulled one back early in the second-half after being left unmarked.

But the hosts, playing fluid football in front of empty stands filled with cardboard cutouts of fans, were far superior, constantly finding space to attack.

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.

England global Sancho is rumoured to be a target for several Premier League sides and BVB's domestic rivals Bayern Munich after another impressive Bundesliga season.

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

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