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Sancho With A 10/10, Schmelzer Impress Late | Borussia Dortmund Players Rated In Win Vs Paderborn

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their defeat to Bayern Munich in emphatic style, securing a 6-1 win over SC Paderborn. After the slow start to the game, the Black and Yellows dominated the second half, with a hat-trick from Jadon Sancho and additional goals from Thorgan Hazard, Achraf Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer helping them register a comfortable victory. Below are our Borussia Dortmund player ratings Vs Paderborn.

Borussia Dortmund player ratings vs Paderborn

Roman Burki 6/10

After a disappointing outing against Bayern, Roman Burki had a reasonably quiet afternoon. The penalty scored by Uwe Hunemeier was the only shot on target from Paderborn, and the Swiss ace failed to prevent it from finding the back of the net, despite getting fingers to it.

Lukasz Piszczek 7/10

Lukasz Piszczek looked sloppy at the start, but in fairness, he had minimal problems to deal with, from a defensive perspective. Hardly tested.

Mats Hummels 8.5/10

Mats Hummels’ imposing presence at the centre of the backline was critical in Dortmund’s build-up play. He made numerous interceptions and rarely allowed the Paderborn attackers from finding space in the final third. A commanding display from the German.

Manuel Akanji 7/10

Much like Piszczek, Manuel Akanji was not tested enough by the Paderborn defender. Hence, the Swiss international had a fairly comfortable game.

Achraf Hakimi 8/10

Achraf Hakimi had a sloppy start to the game as well. But, he stepped up to the plate in the second game, offering width and support from the right flank. He scored the fourth goal with an excellent finish before making way for Mateu Morey.

Borussia Dortmund player ratings vs Paderborn - A memorable outing for Schmelzer
Dortmund’s German defender Marcel Schmelzer (C) is congratulated after scoring his team’s fifth goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match SC Paderborn 07 and Borussia Dortmund at Benteler Arena in Paderborn on May 31, 2020. (Photo by LARS BARON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Emre Can 7.5/10

Emre Can’s imposing presence in central midfield was crucial even though Paderborn defended really well in the first-team. The ex-Liverpool star acted as the catalyst in Dortmund’s transition in the second half, providing some delicious forward balls. He was, however, culpable for conceding the penalty.

Thomas Delaney 7.5/10

Thomas Delaney’s dynamic presence is always a treat for the Borussia Dortmund fans. However, the Dane could now have a hard time, with Axel Witsel pushing for a start.

Raphael Guerreiro 7.5/10

Raphael Guerreiro had a quiet game by his lofty standards. Still, he was key in offering support from the left-flank and creating attacking movements with quick interplay with the likes Julian Brandt and co.

Jadon Sancho 10/10

It wasn’t the best of starts from Sancho, who made a return to the starting lineup this afternoon. But in the second half, he was a completely different player, having been involved in every single attacking moment. He caused terror in the Paderborn defence and scored the first hat-trick of his professional career.

Thorgan Hazard 7.5/10

Hazard was disappointing in the first half. He did improve eventually and scored the all-important opener that unlocked the Paderborn defence.

Julian Brandt 8/10

Julian Brandt’s ingenuity was critical in steering Dortmund through early in the second half, notably providing the assist for Sancho’s first goal of the afternoon. He linked with well with teammates as even, making full use of the space he was provided in the second half.


Axel Witsel 7/10

Made his return from injury by replacing Delaney in the 69th minute. Offered more solidity in midfield, rekindling his partnership with Can.

Giovanni Reyna N/A

Came on for Brandt in the 80th minute and almost scored.

Marcel Schmelzer 10/10

It was a memorable outing for Dortmund’s forgotten hero Schmelzer. The long-term defender, after coming on as a substitute for Guerreiro, not only assisted the Hakimi but also scored one himself. Certainly warrants a rating despite featuring in only ten minutes.

Mateu Morey N/A

Made an odd appearance late in the game.

Leonardo Balerdi N/A

A late substitution for Can.

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