How Tottenham Hotspur rated as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League
Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur opened their Champions League account at the first time of asking with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Goals from Son Heung-min and Kane – both of whom beat visiting keeper Roman Burki at his near post – sandwiched Andriy Yarmolenko’s superb curling strike in a pulsating opening 20 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a stunning goal incorrectly chalked off for offside in the second half, before Kane added his second of the evening to give Spurs a two-goal cushion. Some gloss was taken off the win when Jan Vertonghen was shown a red card in injury time, but the result surely ended the Wembley hoodoo.
Here’s how Mauricio Pochettino’s men rated as they took down Dortmund in Group H.
Hugo Lloris – Powerless to keep out Yarmolenko’s sumptuous long-range equaliser, the Frenchman had to be on his toes several times to hare off his line and clear the ball. Produced a top-class save to deny Aubameyang’s snapshot. 8
Serge Aurier – Preferred to Kieran Trippier, the newcomer’s transition has been seamless since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer window. His pace is frightening and delivery is excellent. Looks to be an astute signing. 8
Ben Davies – Like Aurier, Davies overlapped well and got forward whenever possible to help in attack. However, this sometimes left his team-mates exposed, particularly in the first half, as Dortmund looked to exploit the space he had left. 6
Jan Vertonghen – Vital touch to take the ball away from Aubameyang who had looked poised to make it 2-2. Sent off after receiving a second yellow card in stoppage time for a suspected elbow. Looked harsh but will result in a one-match ban. 6
Davinson Sanchez – Has settled in very well at the heart of Spurs’ three-man central defence and had to be alert at all times against a potent Dortmund attack. His pace helped to get him out of trouble when caught slightly out of position. 7
Toby Alderweireld – Always a calming and authoritative figure in the Tottenham defence, the Belgian had a busy evening but coped admirably. An attacking threat from set-pieces, too. A class act. 7
Eric Dier – Booked in the first half for a studs-up challenge and had a tough task in stemming the influence of Dortmund playmaker Christian Pulisic. Shielded the defence well and marshalled Pulisic better in the second period. 6
Mousa Dembele – Had been doubtful for this match as Pochettino continues to manage his return to fitness and struggled to stamp his authority on the game as Dortmund dominated midfield battle. Not his best performance by any means. 6
Christian Eriksen – A quiet first half by his high standards as Dortmund enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, but the midfield schemer’s influence grew as the tie progressed. He underlined his vision by freeing Kane to bag his second of the evening. 7
Son Heung-min – Handed an opportunity in light of Dele Alli’s suspension and justified Pochettino’s faith by opening the scoring with a fine strike from a tight angle. Spurned a presentable chance in the second half to add to his tally but his link-up play was excellent. 8
Harry Kane – Restored Spurs’ lead with a near carbon-copy of Son’s goal, for which he provided the assist, when he fired home from a tight angle with powerful left-footed strike. Added his second to make it 3-1 with another pinpoint finish. September has been much kinder to Kane than August was. 9
Moussa Sissoko – Introduced for Son and made one surging run in injury time. 6
Fernando Llorente – Came on as a late substitute for Kane to make his debut for the club. N/a
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