14th February, 2019
It was a kind of “sweet revenge” for the Premiership teams as Tottenham Hotspurs “avenged the defeat handed Manchester United a day before by Paris St. Germain as they soundly defeated visiting Borussia Dortmund of Germany by a whopping three goals to nil. The London side has in the process taken a huge step towards qualifying for the the Champions League quarter-finals.
Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente were the heroes of the night as they helped the home team secure a very vital 3-0 first-leg win over Borussia Dortmund.
It was first Son who converted Spurs’ first shot on target at Wembley on Wednesday as the Bundesliga leaders were made to regret a string of first-half misses.
The home side struggled in the opening 45 minutes but, as has often been the case in the Champions League this season, they found the net in the second half of the game.
Tottenham went agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the seventh minute when Lucas Moura’s volley fizzed wide of goal, the Brazilian having controlled Davinson Sanchez’s header on his thigh.
It would be as close as Spurs would come, though, as Christian Pulisic, Axel Witsel and Thomas Delaney all forced saves out of Hugo Lloris.
The France international had to be at his acrobatic best in the closing minutes of the half as Dan-Axel Zagadou rose to meet Jadon Sancho’s cross, the goalkeeper clawing the ball away at full stretch.
Having weathered the storm prior to the break, Spurs opened the scoring two minutes after the restart as Son peeled away from Zagadou to volley Vertonghen’s pinpoint cross past Roman Burki.
Toby Alderweireld went close to doubling Tottenham’s advantage from a Christian Eriksen corner moments later, but Burki was on hand to keep his header out.
Mahmoud Dahoud wasted a great chance to draw Dortmund level, his meek effort easily saved, and Vertonghen showed him how it should be with a fine volley from Serge Aurier’s deep cross.
Substitute Llorente headed in a third in the closing minutes from Eriksen’s corner to ensure Spurs take a commanding lead into the return fixture.
While he will be delighted his side emphatically won the game, keeping a clean sheet will be just as pleasing for Pochettino. Stopping Dortmund registering an away goal is a major achievement and sets Spurs up nicely for their trip to Germany.
Forget Harry Kane, forget Dele Alli, Son is Tottenham’s lucky charm at the moment. For a 13th time this season, Spurs have gone on to win when he has scored. He had a quiet opening 45 minutes but pounced when presented with his first chance.