Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund: Spurs take control of Champions League last-16 tie with incredible second-half performance at Wembley


The Premier League side ripped though the German side with consummate ease to put them on course for the quarter-finals

Tottenham Hotspur secured a memorable 3-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.

A well-taken finish from Heung-Min Son and a flying volley from the impressive Jan Vertognhen set Mauricio Pochettino’s men on the way.

Heung-Min Son put Spurs 1-0 up at Wembley

Heung-Min Son put Spurs 1-0 up at Wembley

And then Fernando Llorente stepped off the bench to head home Christian Eriksen’s corner with five minutes remaining.

Wonderkid Jadon Sancho started brightly against Spurs, but the Premier League side delivered a superb performance to move significantly closer to the quarter-finals.

With Harry Kane and Dele Alli still injured, Son started up front and looked to use his pace and movement to cause Dortmund problems in behind.

Hugo Lloris did well to deny Christian Pulisic at his near post after 15 minutes and he was called into action again when Axel Witsel tried his luck from just outside the box, with the French goalkeeper gathering with ease.

Vertonghen got himself on the scoresheet with a flying volley

Vertonghen got himself on the scoresheet with a flying volley

Lloris then produced a vital save to keep out Dan-Axel Zagadou’s deflected header on the brink of half-time.

The hosts made the perfect start to the second half when Son Heung-min’s 16th goal of the season put them ahead.

A superb cross from the left from Vertonghen fell perfectly for the South Korean to cushion the ball beyond Roman Burki and into the Dortmund net in the 47th minute.

The defender then got on the scoresheet himself as he raced onto Serge Aurier’s pinpoint cross to smash a volley home.

Llorente watches his header hit the back of the net

Llorente watches his header hit the back of the net

The tie was essentially settled just minutes later when, from another exceptional delivery, Llorente managed to nod home for Spurs.

STAR MAN – Jan Vertonghen

Deployed at left back (presumably to deal with the threat of Sancho), the Belgium international was initially caught too far up in the first half.

However, his incredible work rate and desire to get forward effectively nullified the England international.

His incredible cross for Son was delightfully tapped home and, after another lung-bursting run, the 31-year-old scored his second of the season.

The 31-year-old was imperious at Wembley

The 31-year-old was imperious at Wembley


Although he ended up on the losing side, Sancho produced an exceptional moment of magic to leave Davinson Sanchez looking rather silly.

Picking the ball up on the right hand side, the former Manchester City winger drove at the heart of the Spurs defence.

Sanchez backed off in the hope of nicking the ball off the 18-year-old, but was subsequently turned inside out with a breath-taking piece of skill – which fans on Twitter clearly loved.

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