Premier League outfit, Tottenham Hotspur, took a gigantic step towards qualifying for the Champions League quarter-finals with an emphatic 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
Heung-Min Son opened the scoring for the Wembley outfit in the 47th minute, before two late goals in quick succession from Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente sealed an astounding win for Tottenham Hotspur, beating Borussia Dortmund 3 – 0.
This really has been a superb performance from @SpursOfficial with brilliant tactical adjustments from Pochettino at halftime. Wow!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 13, 2019
Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund have been two of the most exciting teams in Europe this season, and last night, once again, their exuberance showed on the pitch. From the first minute, the two sides looked ready to pounce, determined to punish each and every slip-up. The first real opportunity of the night fell to Tottenham’s Lucas Moura, who failed to keep his volleyed effort on target. As expected, the Bundesliga leaders hit back, with Christian Pulisic forcing Hugo Lloris into action just minutes after Moura’s attempt.
Both keepers were once again called into action before the half-time whistle, as Son’s adventurous effort forced a fine save out of Roman Burki, while Lloris had to showcase his cat-like reflexes to deny Dan Axel Zagadou’s well-timed header from point-blank range.
The two teams came out all guns blazing in the second half, looking desperate to draw first blood. Thankfully for the home supporters, it was Spurs who turned out to be more clinical of the two. Son — who had been absolutely splendid on the night — volleyed home a peach of a delivery from left wing-back Jan Vertonghen to give Tottenham the lead. The goal just two minutes into the second half rattled the visitors, forcing them to fall back and regroup.
This season. When Son scores, @SpursOfficial win ✅
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 13, 2019
Dortmund tried their best to come back but were dealt a sucker punched in the 83rd minute when an inspired Vertonghen doubled the hosts’ advantage. If Vertonghen’s goal wasn’t bad enough, the German side conceded another, just four minutes later, through substitute Fernando Llorente’s glancing header inside the far post.
Dortmund’s First-Half Supremacy
Considering their position in the Bundesliga table, Dortmund, quite naturally, came into the tie as favorites. With Marco Reus and Lukasz Piszczek ruled out, their trip to London was never meant to be straight-forward, but no one really expected them to be beaten so comprehensively.
The first forty-five showcased Borussia Dortmund’s attacking prowess, as they were making constant inroads into the Tottenham area. Jadon Sancho did his best to fill in for Reus but failed to apply the finishing touch. Lucien Favre’s side weren’t that poor on the night, but their finishing, most definitely, didn’t justify their potential.
Tottenham Show their Class
For a team that didn’t spend a single dime in the last two transfer windows, Tottenham have fared quite well this season. Last night, they needed to be at their best to fend off Dortmund, and it’s safe to say that the boys in white did enough to make their coach proud.
After tackling Dortmund’s relentlessness in the first half, Spurs took the game to the visitors. Their passing and movement were already commendable, and they only needed to add the finishing touch into the mix. Son’s opener just a couple of minutes into the second half took the wind out of Dortmund’s sails, while Vertonghen and Llorente’s double virtually knocked them out of the contest.
A Mountain to Climb in the Second Leg
Borussia Dortmund were outplayed and outclassed by a relentless Tottenham side on Wednesday night. The Germans are now without a win in their last four games in all competitions and need a to turn things around before the second leg.
Spurs 3-0 Dortmund FT:
47': ⚽️ Son
83': ⚽️ Vertonghen
86': ⚽️ Llorente
Hosts turn on the style late on to give BVB an uphill battle for the return leg. pic.twitter.com/W9eqQ6A0n1
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) February 13, 2019
Tottenham, even without Harry Kane and Dele Alli, handed the Bundesliga leaders a comprehensive beating. And if Dortmund aren’t careful enough, the situation could get a lot worse in the return leg.