A brace from Harry Kane and one from Heung-Min Son gave us a fine 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund as we opened our UEFA Champions League Group H campaign in some style at Wembley on Wednesday.
In a game full of drama and intensity, Kane scored one in each half with Son opening the scoring during a frenetic first 15 minutes that saw Andriy Yarmolenko level things up.
It was a blistering start to the contest, with three goals inside that opening quarter of an hour. Son got the ball rolling after four minutes with a fine strike from a tight angle, but Dortmund were level shortly after when Yarmolenko produced a curling finish past Hugo Lloris.
Four minutes later, we were back in front, Kane bursting down our left flank before beating the visitors’ goalkeeper Roman Burki at his near post. The Germans were on top for much of the remainder of the half, but our alert defending kept them at bay and we went in ahead at the break.
Two glorious chances were spurned early in the second period with Kane and Son both blazing over the bar, but our England striker made no mistake on 60 minutes, finishing off a well-worked goal to make it 3-1. That was his 14th in Europe for us, seeing him climb up to third in our all-time European goalscorers chart, behind Jermain Defoe (23) and Martin Chivers (22).
Burki denied Ben Davies, Lloris kept out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jeremy Toljan made a smart tackle to thwart Son and Christian Eriksen fired over from 15 yards as both sides continued to attack, making for a wonderful spectacle.
The closing stages saw us keep it tight at the back as Dortmund again saw plenty of possession without really causing us problems and – although Jan Vertonghen was sent off after picking up a second yellow card in injury time – we held firm for a vital win.