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Dortmund, Hoffenheim win in Bundesliga

Berlin, April 22: Jadon Sancho’s performance helped Borussia Dortmund to inflict the second loss in a row on Bayer Leverkusen following a 4-0 result, whereas Hoffenheim crushed ten-man Leipzig 5-2 in the 31st round of the Bundesliga football championship.
Dortmund on Saturday underlined their UEFA Champions League ambitions after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the top-four encounter in Dortmund. Youngster Sancho had a large role in the victory as he provided a goal and two assists, reports Xinhua news agency.
Peter Stoeger’s men started highly motivated. It took just 13 minutes before they opened the scoring through Sancho, who marked his first Bundesliga season with a low shot into the far post corner.
Dortmund controlled the proceedings on the pitch while Leverkusen were unable to come out of their territory.
Even though the hosts were in full control, they had to wait after the restart to double the lead as Mario Goetze teed up for Marco Reus, who made it 2-0 on the scoreboard in the 55th minute.
Dortmund showed no mercy and pressed forward to triple their advantage against a hapless Leverkusen eight minutes later when Sancho’s build-up allowed Maximilian Philipp to slot home from eleven metres.
The hosts retracted with their three-goal lead but they still were able to add another goal to their lead as Sancho chipped the ball to Reus, whose header overcame Leverkusen goalkeeper Ramazan Oezcan in the 79th minute.
With the result, Dortmund climbed to the 3rd place while Bayer Leverkusen slipped to the 4th position.
Leipzig suffered a setback in the hunt for a berth in Europe, as Hoffenheim thrashed them 5-2 to trade places in the standings.
Elsewhere, newly crowned champions Bayern Munich continued their relentless run after cruising 3-0 past Hannover.
Hertha Berlin reaped their second win in a row after upsetting ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 with three second-half goals.
Stuttgart edged Werder Bremen 2-0 while relegation threatened Hamburg maintained their chances to remain in Germany’s top flight after overcoming Freiburg on the sole goal from Lewis Holtby. IANS