Spurs Shock Dortmund With Three Late Goals To Take Control Of Champions League Tie

Tanuja Saikhom | 6 months ago

Tottenham Hotspur pumped in three goals in the second-half and dominated Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in the first leg to take a commanding lead in the UEFA Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino's men sealed their joint-biggest Champions League victory even without the injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli at Wembley. They established a concrete lead of the leg with a 3-0 victory ahead of the Westfalenstadion game next month.

After the goalless 45-minute play, South Korean superstar Son Heung-min made a breakthrough three minutes into the second-half. He leaped and collected from Jan Vertonghen's cross to send a beautiful volley into the net, mesmerizing goalkeeper Roman Bürki on his right.

The game suddenly turned around with the Spurs took control of the possession and kept pressuring, taking advantage of the home crowd.

In the absence of Kane, star of the night Vertonghen was outstanding throughout as he was involved in the goals with himself scoring one in the 83rd minute. He gathered Serge Aurier’s long cross from the deep and gave a modest touch with his left foot to past Burki with an ease.

The final nail in Dortmund’s coffin came within three minutes when Fernando Llorente headed Christian Eriksen’s corner kick home for a clean sheet victory.

With this win, Tottenham became the first Premier League side to overcome German opponents in the CL knockout game on the home ground in eight years. Manchester United beat Schalke in the 2010-11 semifinals at the Old Trafford.