Jadon Sancho nabs first career hat trick
Even before his outstanding showing against SC Paderborn, he was attracting interest big name clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United all keeping tabs on the exciting young English winger at Borussia Dortmund.
However, his price tag now (it was already exceeding around €110m AUD$16,161,282.20) would sky rocket after he scored his first career hat trick against the bottom placed side as Dortmund thrashed the Paderborn 6-1.
On top of that it now means he has 17 goals to his name and 16 assists.
Anything can happen in the race for a top-four spot
The race for the second and third spot on the Bundesliga table is heating up, as Bayer Leverkusen Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig are all on Borussia Dortmunds tail after they all won their respective games on the weekend.
What is even more intriguing is the battle of who finishes where in the top four is that fourth-placed Mochengladbach and fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen both sit on 56 points and trail third-place Red Bull Leipzig by just two points.
However, the race doesn’t end there as RB Leipzig have their eyes on second place and are only two points behind second-place Borussia Dortmund.
While Bayern Munich is still seven points clear at the top (and if they continue like they have been going it is only a matter of time before they claim the title) the race for the top four and more importantly the race for Champions League football is one to take notice of in the upcoming weeks.
Lewandowski is a beast
Leading into Bayern’s game against Fortuna Dusseldorf, star striker Robert Lewandowski had scored against 17 top-flight teams out of 18. That team that he hasn’t scored against was yep you guessed it Fortuna Dusseldorf.
He waited long enough and just before half time, he finally scored against every Bundesliga side. That’s not all, he then scored his second seven minutes later on the 50th-minute mark, in Bayern’s 5-0 demolition to the visiting side. Questions are now being asked if he can break Gerd Muller record of 40 goals in the Bundesliga. Lewandowski currently has scored 40 goals in all competitions, netting 29 in this year’s Bundesliga campaign.
Race for Europe is sill in the balance
While there may be a race for the title as well as the Champions League spot, the race for a place in Europe particularity in the Europa League is still very much in the balance, following Wolfsburg’s loss to 12th place Eintracht Frankfurt, who defeated the sixth-place team. In the Bundesliga, the champions, runners up, third and fourth spot nab the Champions League spot, while places fifth and sixth play in Europe’s second-tier the Europa League.
Wolfsburg currently has the last spot for European action, but the loss to Frankfurt means that seventh place Hoffenheim are hot on their heels as both have 42 points, and both eyeing that last European spot. This race is one to watch and could go down the final whistle.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s win over Wolfsburg also means that they are out of the relegation zone.
The restart came at a perfect time for Hertha Berlin
Hertha Berlin are one of the in form teams in the Bundesliga upon its restart as they have fired under new coach Bruno Labbadia.
Labbadia’s men have not lost since the resumption of the league and have won twice out of three games, as they drew 2-2 against Red Bull Leipzig last week. They bounced back from the draw and defeated FC Augsburg on the weekend 2-0, with goals from Javairo Dilrosun and Krzysztof Piątek. From a local standpoint, it is worth mentioning that Australian Mathew Leckie made his 50th appearance for the club, as they are only four points behind the last spot for European football action.