The victory against the Bundesliga cross-country club kept the slim hopes of the Dortmund title alive, but it was Sancho’s performance and his personal protest at Floyd’s death that proved the main point of discussion.
Dortmund had a 1-0 lead with Thorgan Hazard when Sancho took his first goal since the restart of the Bundesliga, quickly breaking his team’s shirt to reveal the message, which earned him a yellow card from the referee.
His teammate Achraf Hakimi also pulled up his shirt to show a shirt with the same words after scoring the Dortmund quarter.
On Sunday, French striker Marcus Thuram scored twice in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 4-1 victory over Union Berlin and went to his knees in homage to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Saturday saw Schalke’s American midfielder Weston McKennie show off a headband with the words “Justice for George” during his team’s defeat at home against Werder Bremen.
The 20-year-old Sancho is among the hottest properties in world football, bringing his count to 17 goals and 16 assists for the season with his first senior hat-trick.
Dortmund remained 0-0 in the middle of the field, but Hazard’s goal unlocked the situation before Sancho rekindled the game with Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer also on the scoresheet.
Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 4-1 victory took them to third place and the Champions League.