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  • By Alessandro Schiavone

Londoner Jadon Sancho's masterclass has him dreaming of Wembley final showpiece against Kane or Bellingham

Photo: Alessandro Schiavone

Report By Alessandro Schiavone at Signal Iduna Park

Champions League semi-final first-leg

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 PSG

Goals: Füllkrug

In a virtual re-run of his scintillating first Dortmund stint between 2017 and 2021, Jadon Sancho has done his chances of a showpiece in his home city no harm with a world-class display against Paris Saint-Germain.

Alert and bulletproof defensively, quick in transition and ruthless in exploiting PSG's high defensive line, Dortmund ran out 1-0 winners in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final thanks to Niclas Füllkrug's first-half winner.

But it was Sancho who lit up the Signal Iduna Park. It was his masterclass performance that everyone in Germany, England and beyond will talk about today, tomorrow and for days to come.

Impressively, the Man United loanee run PSG left-back Nuno Mendes ragged and the Portuguese will have nightmares about the Londoner for a very long time. Turned inside out and outside it by Sancho, the former Sporting Lisbon left-back looked out of his depth. Just like Inter superstar Maicon had no answers for then up-and-coming Tottenham Hotspur superstar Gareth Bale whose hat-trick against the Italians is etched in Championd League history. Sancho may not have scored but he was a constant meance throughout, thanks to his flamboyance on and generosity off the ball.

If he plays like this, he is as good as anyone and yesterday he proved a bridge too far for Mendes.

Early on, he created the opening for Marcel Sabitzer's opportunity after nicking the ball off Mendes down the left before giving it to Julian Brandt who then released the Austrian only for Gianluigi Donnarumma to stand tall at his near-post.

In the second-half Sancho became even better and created a number of chances, most notably when he left the hapless Mendes trailing again with a darting run before feeding Füllkrug who this time rammed over.

It's the quality of his football, the confidence on the ball and the personality of his performance that struck a chord.

And you wonder at how many London clubs he would NOT play at right now.

Dortmund rode their luck as superstar Kylian Mbappé curled a Banana ball against the post, Achraf Hakimi struck the inside of the post and Fabian Ruiz headed wide from a promising position all in a matter of a couple of second-half minutes.

Likewise Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen was outstanding, breaking up a dangerous PSG attack early on before clearing the danger just as Kolo Muani was about to apply the finishing touch in the box following a Bradley Barcola pull-back.

But all the headlines will go Camberwell-native Sancho's way. It was a performance for the ages and one that will have given England manager Gareth Southgate food for thought ahead of the Euros.

The tie is far from over but if Sancho repeats the trick under the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday a date under the arch on 1 June with fellow Londoner Harry Kane or Jude Bellingham isn't beyond the realms of possibility.


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