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Spurs 3-1 Borussia Dortmund - report from Wembley

13 September 2017|Tottenham Hotspur

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.

Team news

Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to the team that started at Everton on Saturday. Serge Aurier came in for his Spurs debut in place of Kieran Trippier, Mousa Dembele was back for Moussa Sissoko and Son came in for the suspended Dele Alli. New signings Juan Foyth and Fernando Llorente were on the bench, with our Spanish striker coming on for his debut in the 87th minute.

Key action

Goal: Spurs 1-0 Dortmund – Heung-min Son - 4mins
There was barely time to get settled into your seat when we grabbed an early lead on four minutes. Davinson Sanchez won possession inside our box and clipped a ball forward which Son headed down to Eriksen who in turn found Kane. He sent Son away down the left and the South Korean bamboozled Sokratis with some clever footwork before lashing a left foot shot past Burki.

Goal: Spurs 1-1 Dortmund – Andriy Yarmolenko - 11mins
The visitors responded quickly to their setback and saw plenty of the ball, resulting in an equaliser seven minutes later. Yarmolenko collected the ball on the right flank and played a pass in to Shinji Kagawa. His lay-off wasn’t meant for Yarmolenko but it fell perfectly for the Ukrainian whose first-time curler evaded Hugo Lloris’ dive and found the top corner.

Goal: Spurs 2-1 Dortmund – Harry Kane – 15mins
There was no respite to the pace of the game and the attacking intent from both sides and we regained the lead after 15 minutes. This was all about the power and persistence of Kane, who beat Sokratis on half-way down the left, was too strong for Nuri Sahin and then surged into the area to coolly beat Burki at his near post.

Close: Vertonghen Alert to Danger – 30mins
Dortmund were having the majority of possession but we were defending resolutely and with intelligence, allowing the Germans to have the ball up until the final third and then engaging with their attackers as they threatened. They went close on the half-hour when Christian Pulisic was put clear down Dortmund’s left, his low cross to the back post looked like it was going to be tucked home by Aubameyang but Vertonghen’s outstretched leg denied him. And six minutes later that combination was reversed as Aubameyang broke clear and crossed for Pulisic, but the ball was too strong and the American couldn’t convert from six yards.

Chances: Kane and Son Blaze Over – 49mins
The second half started as the first did, with us on the front foot and again, just four minutes in, we were through on goal. Aurier and Eriksen combined to set up Kane, who fired over the crossbar. And moments later we were in again as Kane was played in down the left, his early cross found Son who cut back onto his right but then clipped his shot up and over from 18 yards. Then on 55 minutes, Aubameyang had the ball in the net with a smart finish, but it was ruled out by the assistant for off-side.

Above: Fernando Llorente and Harry Kane applaud our fans.

Goal: Spurs 3-1 Dortmund – Harry Kane – 60mins
We were much better in possession in the second period and it was a neatly-worked move which saw us add our third on the hour. We tried to carve out an opening down our right which didn’t come off but we worked the ball back into midfield with Dembele, he found Davies who laid off to Eriksen. The Dane popped a pass out to Kane who shifted it out of his feet and drilled past Burki, his shot taking a little nick of Lukasz Piszczek on its way in.

Save: Lloris Keeps Out Aubameyang – 70mins
There was no let up to the pace, as the game ebbed and flowed from end-to-end. First Burki kept out Davies’ low left-footed shot, parrying the ball out but not to a white shirt, before Lloris made a superb instinctive save with his legs to deny Aubameyang at the back post on 70 minutes.

Red Card: Vertonghen Sent Off - 90+2mins
The closing stages were a bit more subdued as we looked to hold onto the lead, Sissoko and Llorente coming on for Son and Kane late on. Vertonghen picked up a second yellow for a foul on substitute Mario Gotze in stoppage time which took some gloss off the performance, but all in all a great victory.

Mauricio Pochettino said

"It was so important – it means more than three points, to build our confidence, trust in Wembley, to feel home is so important. We need to improve, there are still players who only arrived a week ago and when you win, it always helps you to move forward. It’s true sometimes when you cannot dominate, you must show different strengths. We fought really well and we were so strong. The players made a massive effort against a very good team. Dortmund is a great team and they played really well. I’m so happy with the performance." 

Heung-Min Son said

"It’s an unbelievable feeling. The fans were amazing again, their support, I can’t say the words, unbelievable. I’ll continue to work hard. I’m happy but not happy with just one goal, I want more goals. It was a great team performance, everyone worked really hard and we’re happy to win a game like this at Wembley."

Match data

Spurs (3-2-4-1): Lloris (c), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembele, Aurier, Son (Sissoko 83), Eriksen, Davies, Kane (Llorente 87). Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Winks.

Dortmund (4-3-3): Burki, Toljan, Toprak (Zagadou 80), Sokratis (c), Piszczek, Kagawa (Gotze 66), Sahin, Dahoud (Castro 72), Pulisic, Aubameyang, Yarmolenko. Substitutes (not used): Weidenfeller, Subotic, Isak, Philipp.

Goals: Spurs – Son 4, Kane 15, 60; Dortmund – Yarmolenko 11.

Yellow cards: Spurs – Dier, Vertonghen; Dortmund – Toljan, Castro.

Red card: Spurs – Vertonghen.

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).

Attendance: 67,343.

Man of the match

With 63 per cent of the votes on social media, our supporters named Harry Kane as Man of the Match.

Up next

We’re back at Wembley Stadium for our second of three home games in seven days on Saturday when we return to league action.

Paul Clement’s Swansea City are our visitors and we’ll be looking to extend our run of having never lost to the Swans in the Premier League.

They are unbeaten away from home this season, drawing at Southampton and beating Crystal Palace but, conversely, have lost both at the Liberty Stadium, against Manchester United and Newcastle United. Kick-off is at 5.30pm.