Niclas Füllkrug downplays penalty incident with Jadon Sancho

Niclas Füllkrug and Jadon Sancho
Niclas Füllkrug and Jadon Sancho / UWE KRAFT/GettyImages

Niclas Füllkrug was quick to downplay the penalty dispute between himself and Jadon Sancho during Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 win over FC Köln on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a 4-0 win over FC Köln on Saturday afternoon, and the result helped them move to within one point of third placed VfB Stuttgart. In the 58th minute of the game, Jadon Sancho went down inside the box and a penalty was awarded to the Black and Yellows.

Keen to score his first goal since returning to Borussia Dortmund, Jadon Sancho asked Niclas Füllkrug to let him take the penalty. But the striker insisted on taking the penalty, and doubled BVB's lead from the spot.

When asked about the incident after the game, Füllkrug was quick to say that he made the right decision by taking the penalty. He also backed Sancho to find the back of the net soon. "Jadon wanted to take the penalty too. But in the end I took the shot. And that was the right decision. Of course Jadon was desperate to score his first goal for BVB since returning. But I'm sure that will come soon enough."

"He just asked if it was okay for him to take the penalty. Then I said: No, I'll take it. Then he agreed straight away and said: All right, then go for it, Fülle," Füllkrug said (via WAZ)

Niclas Füllkrug - who joined Borussia Dortmund from Werder Bremen in the summer - has now scored eight goals and assisted a further six in 26 appearances for the club. Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, has set up goals in both games since returning to BVB on loan from Manchester United.