Harry Kane’s brace helps Tottenham hold off Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (Son 4’, Kane 10’, 60’) – 1 Dortmund (Yarmolenko 10’)
English club Tottenham Hotspur and German side Borussia Dortmund kicked off their Champions League campaign last night, when Peter Bosz’s side visited Wembley to play Spurs.
Tottenham started the match with all guns blazing, as Pochettino’s side was on the attack from the kick off. It took Spurs just three minutes to open the scoring as Son Heung Min ran down the left flank and went past Dortmund defender Sokratis after a few dribbles. Son then went on to shot the ball from a relatively tough angle which found the back of the net and gave Spurs the advantage.
Despite conceding the early goal, Dortmund did not lose confidence and answered right after seven minutes. A nice one-two between Kagawa and Yarmolenko led to the second goal, Yarmolenko who received the ball from Kagawa right outside the box took a shot from outside the box with his left foot and scored a tremendous goal to make the score 1-1.
With the scores level, Spurs did not fall back and kept on attacking and all it took them was four minutes to regain the lead, this time via their star striker Harry Kane. The Spurs number 10, won the ball at the left flank and got past one Dortmund defender and then much like Son Heung Min, he scored a goal in similar fashion to make the score 2-1.
Dortmund had plenty of chances to level the score in the remaining first half, with two chances falling to Christian Pulisic. The first one was a low cross into the box, which the American failed to put away as he couldn’t make a proper shot. The best chance of the half came right before the end, when Pulisic put the ball inside the Spurs net but the flag was raised for offside, clearly Pulisic was onside but it was Aubameyang who needlessly touched the ball and led to the disallowed goal. The first half ended with Spurs leading 2-1.
In the second half Spurs had two great chances to put the game to sleep by scoring a third. Harry Kane missing the first one in the 49th minute when he put the sky rocketed the ball into the crowd and a minute later Son Heung Min missed in similar fashion when his shot went wide of the post.
In the 56th minute Sahin put a beautiful ball into the Spurs half which was met by a brilliant half volley from Aubameyang but the goal was once again disallowed for offside, the replay clearly showed that the Dortmund forward was onside by two yards.
At the hour mark, Spurs got their third goal when Christian Eriksen found an unmarked Harry Kane on the left side of the Dortmund box. Kane calmly put the ball into the Dortmund net by taking a low shot and making the score 3-1.
Bosz’s side got a few chances to score a second goal but failed to do so as Hugo Lloris stood strong between the posts. The next big moment in the match was deep into stoppage time, when Jan Vetronghen brought down Mario Gotze and was sent off by the ref.
The match ended with Spurs taking the win 3-1 and kicking off their Champions League campaign with a victory and three points, for Dortmund they have plenty of work to do if they are to make it into the next round.