Maximilian Philipp (R) of Borussia Dortmund vies with Jonathan Tah of Leverkusen during the German Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, on April 21, 2018. Borussia Dortmund won 4-0. (Xinhua/Joachim Bywaletz)
BERLIN, April 21 (Xinhua) –- Jadon Sancho's performance helped Broussia Dortmund to inflict Bayer Leverkusen the second loss in row following a 4-0 whereas Hoffenheim crushed ten-men Leipzig 5-2 at the 31st round in Bundesliga on Saturday.
The "BVB" underline their UEFA Champions League ambitions after beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the top-four encounter. Youngster Jadon Sancho has large shares on the victory as he provided a goal and two assists.
Peter Stoeger's men started highly motivated and offensively minded into the encounter. Hence, it took just 13 minutes before the "BVB" 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 meanwhile 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 scoreboards in the 55th minute.
Dortmund showed no mercy and pressed forward to triple their advantage against hapless Leverkusen eight minutes later when Sancho's build-up work allowed Maximilian Philipp to slot home from eleven meters.
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 climb on the 3rd place meanwhile Bayer Leverkusen slipped to the 4th position.
Leipzig suffered a setback in the hunt for a berth in Europe, as Hoffenheim trashed the "Bulls" 5-2 to trade places in the standings.
Julian Nagelsmann's men secured a flying start on the road as Mark Uth poked home a fumbled ball from Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the 14th minute.
The visitors continued on the front foot and double the score through Serge Gnabry, who tapped home Uth's through ball in the 35th minute.
To make things worse for Leipzig, Uth set up another goal as Pavel Kaderabek snatched his first Bundesliga goal before the break.
Leipzig's hopes of a comeback got destroyed with just two minutes into the second half as Emil Forsberg saw a straight red card for violent conduct.
Despite a numerical disadvantage, the hosts were able to reduce the arrears out of the blue after Naby Keita scored with a well-placed curl in the 58th minute.
However, Hoffenheim restored their three-goal lead as Uth nodded home Andrej Kramaric's cross moments later. The visitors were still not done with the scoring though as Nadiem Amiri cross found Lukas Rupp, who tapped home right footed in the 64th minute.
Leipzig reduced the arrears to 5-2 in the closing period after Dayot Upamecano made the most of Ademola Lookman's assist.
With the victory, Hoffenheim move on the 4th place meanwhile Leipzig slumped to the 5th position.
Elsewhere, newly crowned champions Bayern Munich continue their relentless run after cursing 3-0 past Hannover.
Hertha Berlin reaped their second win in row after upsetting ten-men Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 with three second-half goals.
Stuttgart edged Werder Bremen 2-0 while relegation threatened Hamburg maintain their chances to remain in Germany's top flight after overcoming Freiburg on the sole goal from Lewis Holtby.
The following fixtures complete the 31st round on Sunday: Augsburg meet Mainz while last placed Cologne take on runner up Schalke.