Bayern Munich‘s poor run continued after a last-minute equaliser from Dodi Lukebakio to complete his hat-trick earned Fortuna Dusseldorf a 3-3 draw at the Allianz Arena.
The hosts opened the scoring through Niklas Sule and looked in control when Thomas Muller slotted the ball in from outside area to make it 3-1 with his second goal of the game.
But Lukebakio scored twice more to peg Bayern back and leave the defending champions in fifth place, nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund opened up a seven-point lead over Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Monchengladbach at the top of the table, a 2-1 win at Mainz giving them their seventh win in eight league games.
Substitute Paco Alcacer opened the scoring and, after Robin Quaison equalised, Lukasz Piszczek scored the winner in the 76th minute.
Frankfurt enjoyed a routine 3-1 win at Augsburg. Goals from Jonathan De Guzman, Sebastien Haller and Ante Rebic put the visitors 3-0 ahead before Sergio Cordova’s last-gasp consolation.
RB Leipzig dropped to fourth as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Wolfsburg, Jerome Roussillon with the goal.
Hertha Berlin came back from two goals down to draw 3-3 against sixth-placed Hoffenheim with a late long-distance equaliser from Valentino Lazaro.
Kerem Demirbay gave Hoffenheim the lead in the first minute and Andrej Kramaric doubled their advantage before Vedad Ibisevic pulled one back for the home side.
An Ermin Bicakcic header restored Hoffenheim’s two-goal cushion, but goals from Mathew Leckie and Lazaro ensured the points were shared.
Schalke scored three times in the last 20 minutes in an eventful 5-2 victory over 10-man Nurnberg, who had Robert Bauer sent off in the 67th minute.
Goals from Steven Skrzybski and Amine Harit put Schalke 2-0 up before Federico Palacios Martinez pulled one back.
With Nurnberg down to 10 men, Guido Burgstaller scored a third for Schalke after 70 minutes before Adam Zrelak gave the visitors renewed hope. Late goals from Bastian Oczipka and a second from Skrzybski wrapped the game up for the home side.
Thomas Delaney has predicted a glittering future for exciting teenage England prospect Jadon Sancho.
The 18-year-old made his international debut as a substitute during England’s behind-closed-doors Nations League game against Croatia last month.
He is also in the squad for England’s matches against the United States and Croatia at Wembley later this week, and Denmark midfielder Delaney knows from first-hand experience how rich a talent his Borussia Dortmund team-mate is.
Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 3-2 last weekend and currently top the Bundesliga by four points, with Sancho an integral part of that blistering early season form.
“You can see straight away that he is a great player,” Delaney told Press Association Sport after arriving at Denmark’s training base in Newport ahead of Friday’s Nations League appointment with Wales.
“He plays with a lot of joy – he is a very positive player.
“He doesn’t see boundaries, he sees opportunities, and you see that in his style of play. He is always seeking a challenge, always a one versus one or one versus two. I am sure he will be a bright star in the future.
“He is very relaxed as a person. There is big pressure at a club like Dortmund, but maybe he has come at the right moment where maybe there is not that expectation to win a trophy, but to build the team.
“From my own experience, a national team is a little bit different than playing league football, but he is performing at Dortmund, and that gives you every tool in the box to perform at international level.
“He is 18-years-old, and it’s crazy to say that you expect so much of him to perform in the national team, but I am sure he will. If not now, then later, because he is such a big talent.”
Jadon Sancho has taken Bundesliga by storm during his fledgling career with Borussia Dortmund.
The 18-year-old has been crucial to Dortmund’s attack and has fit into Lucien Favre’s system perfectly.
We take a quick look at the numbers behind the Englishman’s promising start to the season and some of the attributes which makes him very special.
BUNDESLIGA 2018/19 STATISTICS:
KEY PASSES PER 90 MINS: 3.17
PASS ACCURACY: 83 %
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund 18-19. Small sample, but this is insanely promising from a kid who is still just 18.— StatsBomb (@StatsBomb) November 7, 2018
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Sancho’s key attribute which makes him a promising prospect is his dribbling. The Englishman has good control over the ball and moves his feet swiftly. His ability to draw defenders in before sprinting away gives Dortmund a numerical advantage in the box.
Decision-making also sets him apart from the rest of the talented dribblers. The 18-year-old has a good understanding of time and space which makes him a mature player for his age and one to watch out for in the future.
Sancho is the fastest player in Dortmund and has been able to use this gift to its potential, with the team benefiting greatly from his pace. The youngster has clocked more than 34 kmph and has proven to be vital when Dortmund play on the counter.
The teenager is extremely quick with and without the ball at his feet and makes intelligent runs into space. His acceleration in synergy with his dribbling makes him a nightmare for any defender to take on in a one-on-one situation.
Sancho has formed a really good partnership with captain Marco Reus. The pair link-up very well and this partnership has eased the attacking transitions to a great extent for Dortmund.
Favre’s philosophy is founded on patient build-up and Sancho has fit in well. His versatility to play on the left, right and as a No10 makes him a unique option for Dortmund.
Sancho’s best performances have come against top opponents. The youngster has displayed composure on big stages and has remained unnerved by the weight of the fixture.
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Atletico Madrid
Sancho made a cameo appearance towards the end of the game and scored Dortmund’s fourth goal just four minutes after coming on.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Borussia Dortmund
The visitors were trailing by two goals at half time and pulled one back soon after the break. Barely a minute after Sancho was introduced, he used his acceleration to launch a quick counter and set Reus up for the equaliser.
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich
Yet another clutch fixture and the 18-year-old stepped up big time. Sancho started Der Klassiker and had a huge impact on the game. He had no assists or goals to show for but created a lot of chances which Paco Alcacer and Reus failed to bury. Mats Hummels had a tough time dealing with the youngster and was taken off after the hour mark.