Jadon Sancho Misses Open Goal in Golden Chance to Get First Dortmund Goal; Video

Jadon Sancho Misses Open Goal in Golden Chance to Get First Dortmund Goal; Video

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jadon Sancho made a cameo appearance for Dortmund against Freiburg
  • The loanee was guilty of missing a glorious chance to get his first goals since his return
  • Dortmund won 3-0 to move level on points with Stuttgart

On-loan Manchester United winger Jadon Sancho had an evening to forget on Friday, February 9, as he missed a gilt-edged chance to get his first goal for Borussia Dortmund since his return to the club.

Sancho was back in Dortmund’s squad after missing the side’s last game against Heidenheim with a muscle injury.

Jadon Sancho played for a couple of minutes vs Freiburg on Friday
Jadon Sancho in action during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Bochum 1848 at Signal Iduna Park on January 28, 2024. Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos.
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The German giants emerged 3-0 winners on the night thanks to a brace from Donyell Malen and Niclas Fullkrug’s 10th goal of the season.

After Dortmund’s third goal, Sancho was introduced in the 88th minute to replace Marco Reus, perhaps to test his fitness after just returning from injury.

Barely minutes after coming on, the 23-year-old was presented with a golden opportunity to give Dortmund a 4-0 lead as he got in behind Freiburg’s defence to receive a perfect cross from Julian Brandt.

The Freiburg goalkeeper slipped, leaving the goal at the mercy of Sancho, whose attempted left-footed connection with the ball ended up in the goalkeeper Lucas Holler’s grateful arms.

It mattered little, however, as Dortmund maintained their unbeaten streak, which has now stretched to eight games.

Will Sancho sign permanently for Dortmund?

This was Sancho’s third appearance for a club where he established himself as a world-class football star.

After falling out with United boss Erik ten Hag, he was eventually loaned out to Die Borussen, and there have been reports the German club could sign him permanently.

This rumour was, however, quashed by Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl, who said it was highly unlikely the loan deal would go past the summer.

"Unfortunately for both players [Ian Maatsen and Jadon Sancho], neither option was really realistic. If you know what we got for Jadon Sancho two and a half years ago, then you know also that it might now be very, very difficult," he said as quoted on Manchester Evening News.

Dortmund’s next game is a tricky away fixture against VFL Wolfsburg on Saturday, February 17.

Ten Hag on why Rashford wasn’t punished like Sancho

Previously, Sports Brief reported on Erik ten Hag’s take on why he did not freeze out Marcus Rashford out of the squad for indiscipline.

Rashford ‘called in sick’ and missed United’s game against Newport towards the end of January, and was subsequently fined two weeks’ worth of wages.

According to Ten Hag, Sancho ‘chose to go public’ , leading to a fallout with the manager.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.