Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Wolfsburg: Jadon Sancho scores his first goal of the season at the TWELFTH attempt and sets up Manuel Akanji’s opener as BVB start the year with a win to move up to fourth in the Bundesliga
- Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Wolfsburg by beating their visitors on Sunday
- Manuel Akanji headed the 66th-minute opener in a tightly-contested encounter
- England livewire Jadon Sancho sealed the victory with a goal in stoppage time
- Midfielder Yannick Gerhardt struck the post early on for high-flying Wolfsburg
England winger Jadon Sancho set up the opener and scored his first goal of the season as Borussia Dortmund edged past Wolfsburg and moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Manuel Akanji headed home Sancho’s corner in the 66th minute before the livewire’s last-gasp strike sealed victory in Dortmund’s first match of 2021.
Emre Can’s clearance found Sancho, who slotted the ball past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels.
Interim boss Edin Terzic watches as Dortmund eye a second win in six league games on Sunday
Marco Reus (left) and top scorer Erling Haaland are left frustrated during a goalless first half
Wolfsburg had frequently threatened to at least retain the two-point lead they held over Dortmund before the start of play.
Yannick Gerhardt almost opened the scoring as the high-flying visitors dominated the opening ten minutes of the match, although Dortmund top scorer Erling Haaland threatened more as the half went on and Sancho spurned a fine chance in front of goal just before the break.
Haaland, who was later substituted and had missed Dortmund’s previous four league games with a hamstring injury, was denied by goalkeeper Koen Casteels when he was clean through on goal eight minutes after the break.
England winger Jadon Sancho nets in added time for his long-awaited first goal of the season
Prospect Sancho is in seventh heaven after breaking his duck at the first time of asking in 2021
The striker twice had forced a spectacular save from Casteels just before half-time, which was scuffed wide on the rebound by Sancho.
Dortmund moved six points points behind leaders RB Leipzig and five shy of Bayern Munich, who hosted Mainz later in the day.
Wolfsburg’s two-match run of wins and clean sheets came to an end as they tasted defeat for the first time since losing at Bayern three weeks ago, slipping to sixth.
Defender Manuel Akanji (centre) reacts after heading in Jadon Sancho’s corner for the opener
Dortmund celebrate after making the breathrough that helped send them fourth in the league
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