Watch all the goals and key plays as Tottenham and Dortmund meet in the Champions League knockout stage.

By Avi Creditor
February 13, 2019

Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund were both missing some key pieces, but Spurs didn't seem to need to use that as a crutch, riding a dominant second half to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 matchup.

Tottenham continued life without the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli, while Dortmund was without Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer. Son Heung-min has stepped into a leading attacking role for Tottenham, though, and he was at it again, scoring the opening goal less than two minutes into the second half. Jan Vertonghen added a goal and an assist, and Fernando Llorente score a dagger of a third goal off the bench, with Spurs taking a big step toward the quarterfinals. 

Lucas Moura had the first chance of the game for Tottenham in the seventh minute, and it was very nearly a sensational strike. After Davinson Sanchez raced forward to head a potential clearance back into the danger area, Lucas set himself up for the volley, and he blasted it inches wide of the far post.

U.S. international Christian Pulisic had Dortmund's first chance in the 15th minute. Both he and Mario Gotze pressed Juan Foyth into losing possession at the top of the box, and the American put a tight-angled shot on goal, only for it to be blocked at the near post by Hugo Lloris. Five minutes later, Axel Witsel forced Lloris into a save, but it was a straightforward one, with the Belgian hitting his low shot right into the goalkeeper's path.

Tottenham held firm as Dortmund had the better of the run of play and picked its spots going forward. The most dangerous one came in the 33rd minute, when Serge Aurier's slick back-heel sent Foyth racing down the right flank. He crossed for Eriksen, who could only curve his first-time effort over the bar.

Dortmund nearly pulled ahead just before halftime, with Dan-Axel Zagadou's downward header appearing to get the job done, but the acrobatic Lloris was equal to the task, making the fantastic save to keep the match scoreless entering halftime.

That save was made to look even bigger a minute into the second half, when Spurs took the lead. It started with high pressure, which turned the ball over deep in Dortmund territory. Vertonghen then bent a perfect cross into the path of Son, who volleyed home from the center of the box to make it 1-0.

Pulisic nearly had a chance to pull Dortmund level in the 62nd minute, but he was bodied off the ball by Sanchez in the center of the Tottenham box before he could put a shot on target.

Vertonghen doubled Tottenham's lead in the 83rd minute and all but sealed the victory, adding to his earlier assist with a lovely goal. Aurier picked out the surging defender with a curling ball into the box, and Vertonghen volleyed home the goal to pad the aggregate advantage.

Victory–and perhaps an aggregate triumph–was certainly sealed three minutes later. Eriksen's corner kick was met by Llorente's glancing header, which gave Tottenham a commanding 3-0 advantage to take into the second leg.


Here were the lineups for both sides:

The second leg will take place in Germany on March 5.

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