Tottenham produced an impressive second-half show to completely dominate Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund and take management of this Champions League final 16 tie within the first leg at Wembley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s facet mounted a exceptional revival to advance from the group stage – they usually made essentially the most of that arduous work to determine an ideal platform to succeed in the quarter-finals.
Spurs have been irresistible after a good first half, Son Heung-min breaking the impasse two minutes after the interval with a side-foot volley from Jan Vertonghen’s cross.
Dortmund, regarded by many as favourites with Spurs lacking injured talisman Harry Kane in addition to Dele Alli, failed to reply and the house facet rammed dwelling their superiority within the final 10 minutes.
The excellent Vertonghen slid in on Serge Aurier’s supply and substitute Fernando Llorente headed in Christian Eriksen’s near-post nook – with Spurs additionally preserving a clear sheet to reinforce their probability of progressing.
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Spurs dig deep to search out inspiration
How might anybody underestimate the resolve of this Spurs facet after the way through which they’ve stored tempo with Premier League pace-setters Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool with none squad strengthening and up to date accidents to key figures Kane and Alli?
They survived a fierce first half, when keeper Hugo Lloris saved crucially from Dan-Axel Zagadou’s header, to assemble themselves for a sustained second-half assault.
And there have been heroes to be discovered in every single place as Spurs’ defence was so assured and the entire facet so well-drilled that Dortmund barely threatened after the break.
Son has risen fantastically to the additional duty thrust upon him by Kane’s absence whereas Vertonghen was impressed in all areas, not solely in his accustomed defensive place however additional ahead as he created one purpose and scored one other.
Spurs may need settled for a one-goal lead had it been accompanied by a clear sheet. To attain three with out reply is dreamland and makes them big favourites for the second leg in Dortmund on 5 March.
Disappointment for Dortmund’s younger weapons
A number of eyes have been on two younger abilities within the Dortmund line-up, with 18-year-old Jadon Sancho a giant future England hope and 20-year-old Christian Pulisic on his solution to Chelsea in the summertime in a £58m deal.
This was not the night time to make any severe judgement as Dortmund have been finally overpowered by Spurs.
Sancho, who delayed Dortmund’s flight to London by forgetting his passport, confirmed flashes of tempo and high quality within the first half however disappeared from view as Spurs assumed complete management.
Pulisic was a peripheral determine all through and it’s clear he’ll arrive at Stamford Bridge very a lot as a piece in progress.
Nonetheless, the expertise is obvious they usually might nonetheless pose a giant risk when the groups meet once more in Germany.
Man of the match – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
‘The one downside is that we will solely play 11 and never 22’ – what they stated
Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino instructed BT Sport: “It was a unbelievable second half. The primary half was tough. It was a tough recreation from the start. It was tough to search out what one of the best place was in each instructions.
“After we had the ball we struggled to play in the best way we needed to play. The group began to really feel comfy, then we scored. And afterwards we performed with extra confidence.
“Within the first half we performed just a little – not nervously – however not with the boldness. The second half was very, superb.
“We spoke about our defensive positions and adjusted issues just a little. Generally it really works and typically it does not. I needed to take one of the best choice to carry out in the easiest way. It was a unbelievable recreation.
“All the time once we play this competitors and towards a great facet like Dortmund it is vitally tough. There’s nonetheless work to do.
“We’ve loads of proficient gamers. We’ve an unbelievable squad. I’m proud of all of the gamers. The one downside is that we will solely play 11 and never 22.”
Son shines once more – the stats
- This was Tottenham’s joint-biggest Champions League victory, successful by a three-goal margin for the fifth time within the competitors.
- This was the fifth time Borussia Dortmund misplaced 3-Zero in a Champions League recreation, equalling their greatest defeat within the competitors.
- Tottenham turned the primary English facet to win a house Champions League knockout recreation towards German opponents since Manchester United beat Schalke within the 2010-11 semi-final.
- Fernando Llorente scored simply two minutes and 26 seconds after coming off the bench for Spurs.
- Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has scored 9 targets in 11 video games in all competitions towards Borussia Dortmund, greater than he has towards some other facet in his senior membership profession.
- Son Heung-min has been instantly concerned in 16 targets in his previous 12 appearances for Spurs in all competitions (11 targets, 5 assists).
- Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho turned the seventh Englishman to play towards an English facet for a non-British membership within the Champions League.
- Jan Vertonghen scored and assisted in the identical recreation for simply the second time in his Tottenham profession, additionally doing so v Swansea in March 2013.
There is no FA Cup for Tottenham this weekend so their subsequent match is a visit to Burnley within the Premier League on Saturday, 23 February (12:30 GMT). Dortmund are again in Bundesliga motion on Monday away at Nuremberg (19:30 GMT). The return leg of the Champions League tie is on 5 March.
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- 24AurierBooked at 12minutes
- 17SissokoSubstituted forWanyamaat 90+1'minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLamelaat 90'minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLlorenteat 84'minutes
- 2ZagadouSubstituted forSchmelzerat 77'minutes
- 6DelaneyBooked at 53minutes
- 7SanchoSubstituted forGuerreiroat 88'minutes
- 22PulisicSubstituted forBruun Larsenat 88'minutes
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Borussia Dortmund 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 3, Borussia Dortmund 0.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Victor Wanyama replaces Moussa Sissoko.
Try missed. Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from outdoors the field is shut, however misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Götze.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.
Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Thomas Delaney (Borussia Dortmund).
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Raphael Guerreiro replaces Jadon Sancho.
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Jacob Bruun Larsen replaces Christian Pulisic.
Objective! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Borussia Dortmund 0. Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very shut vary to the underside proper nook. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Marcel Schmelzer.
Foul by Juan Foyth (Tottenham Hotspur).
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Lucas Moura.
Objective! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Borussia Dortmund 0. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the field to the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Serge Aurier with a cross.
Try blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Moura.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Hand ball by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).
Hand ball by Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).
Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Marcel Schmelzer replaces Dan-Axel Zagadou.
Try missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the suitable following a nook.
Delay over. They’re able to proceed.
Delay in match (Tottenham Hotspur). Video Evaluate.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Thomas Delaney.
Try blocked. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Juan Foyth.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Dan-Axel Zagadou.
Try blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Serge Aurier.
Try saved. Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Thomas Delaney.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Abdou Diallo.
Try saved. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from a tough angle on the left is saved within the prime centre of the purpose. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Dan-Axel Zagadou.
Foul by Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund).
Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Try saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the backside proper nook.
Try missed. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the suitable.
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).