Football news - Tottenham blow Borussia Dortmund away in brilliant second-half goal blitz
Champions League last 16 first leg, Wembley Stadium - Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Son Heung-Min 47', Jan Vertonghen 83', Fernando Llorente 86') Borussia Dortmund 0
A breathtaking second-half display saw Tottenham overwhelm Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium – and take a 3-0 lead to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 showdown.
Billed as one of the more exciting last-16 ties, the first leg started off a restrained affair as Spurs resolutely held back the Bundesliga leaders in the first half.
Tottenham Hotspur v Borussia Dortmund – UEFA Champions League – Round of 16 – First Leg – Wembley StadiumPA Sport
But after the break it was a different story. Heung-min Son volleyed Spurs ahead after two minutes, with Jan Vertonghen then capping off a fine performance with a goal to follow his assist.
Substitute Fernando Llorente headed Spurs into dreamland three minutes later, and they will take their three-goal lead back to Germany for the second leg on March 5, a result that already looks beyond doubt unless Spurs stage a dramatic collapse.
TALKING POINT Spurs’ two perfectly different halves
Dortmund were in the ascendancy in the first half as Spurs’ five-man defence made the hosts look like the visitors at Wembley, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side ultimately weathered the storm and headed into the break goalless.
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After the break, Spurs were a different beast, and their fast start saw them take the lead after 47 minutes. The intensity remained, and two more goals in four minutes could arguably have taken the tie away from Dortmund. It may not have seemed so in the first 45 minutes, but it was ultimately the perfect first-leg performance. Hats off to Poch.
With Dele Alli and Harry Kane in contention to return for second leg, there must be serious optimism about their prospects in this tournament.
MAN OF THE MATCH Jan Vertonghen
As one of four Spurs centre-backs on the pitch, Vertonghen was the one who found himself switched out to left-back. After a testing first half, the Belgian transformed into one of their biggest attacking threats after the break, providing a sumptuous ball for Son’s goal and continuing to send in terrific crosses as the second half progressed – and to top it all off, Vertonghen got on the scoresheet with under 10 minutes to go.
- Tottenham: Lloris 6, Aurier 7, Alderweireld 7, Sanchez 7, Foyth 6, Vertonghen 9, Winks 7, Sissoko 7, Eriksen 7, Lucas 7, Son 8. Subs: Llorente 7, Lamela N/A, Wanyama N/A
- Dortmund: Burki 6, Hakimi 7, Zagadou 7, Diallo 6, Toprak 6, Witsel 6, Delaney 6, Dahoud 6, Sancho 6, Pulisic 6, Gotze 6. Subs: Schmelzer 6, Larsen N/A, Guerreiro N/A
- 8’ - JUST WIDE! What a beauty that would have been from Moura... Sanchez heads a ball back into the box and Moura cushions it with his knee before volleying wide of the far post. A matter of inches, that.
- 16’ - SAVE! Foyth is caught out on the corner of his own area and Pulisic advances before cutting onto his left foot and forcing a save from Lloris, who uses his knees to keep it out.
- 45’ - BIG SAVE! Dortmund play a short corner and Sancho's cross then finds Zagadou, whose header deflects off Foyth and heads towards the far corner, but Lloris does brilliantly to palm it away.
- 47’ - GOAL FOR SPURS! What a start to the second half. Vertonghen whips in a beautiful ball for Son, who is unmarked eight yards out to volley in their opener.
- 83’ - GOAL FOR SPURS! Vertonghen gets the goal his performance deserves.... Can you believe it, the left-back is the furthest Spurs player forward as he meets Aurier's deep cross to volley it in first-time. Wow.
- 86’ - GOAL! SPURS ARE IN DREAMLAND! Eriksen crosses, Llorente heads in - have Spurs just taken the tie away from Dortmund? Stunning.