18 March 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Eric Dier had one main regret after our Europa League run came to an end against Borussia Dortmund.
“We have the quality to have done better over the two legs, so we’re disappointed with that,” stated the midfielder matter-of-factly after the Bundesliga title challangers won the second leg of the Round of 16 tie 2-1 at the Lane on Thursday night to progress 5-1 on aggregate.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg, a tall order to turn the tie around was made all-but impossible when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired home a world-class strike midway through the first half.
That left us needing five goals to progress and Aubameyang struck again in the second half before our consolation goal from Heung-Min Son on 73 minutes.
Dortmund's attacking prowess perhaps meant their defensive qualities went under the radar ahead of the second leg - they arrived in N17 on a 13-match unbeaten run including 10 wins - and 10 clean sheets. They'd conceded just three goals in those 13 games, and we needed three in 90 minutes to level the tie.
"Obviously it was always going to be tough after the first leg and we knew if we had any chance we would have to score early," said Eric, who went closest to doing just that when he headed Erik Lamela's corner into the side-netting.
"They are a very good side and it was a good benchmark to play against them."