Spurs banish Wembley hoodoo with victory over Borussia Dortmund
Harry Kane is the hero as Tottenham begin Champions League campaign
14 September, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
UEFA Champions League
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3 (Son 4, Kane 15, 60)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1 (Yarmolenko 11)
SPURS registered their first victory at their temporary Wembley home with a barnstorming Champions League performance against German side Borussia Dortmund last night (Wednesday).
A Heung-Min Son strike followed by a Harry Kane double sealed a well deserved victory.
Speaking after the match, manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “It was a fantastic performance across the team. It was a very tough game and I am happy with the effort made by everyone.”
He added that the result was “massive” for his players. “This means more than three points. It is so important to start our campaign well,” he said. “It is massive for our confidence. Winning here at Wembley, it will help change the perception of how we play here for the future. That is so important for us and our fans.”
Spurs started brilliantly. On just four minutes, Kane slipped a ball behind the Dortmund defence for Son to get on to. The forward, replacing the suspended Dele Alli, scampered goalwards and smashed home from a tight angle. The lead was short lived; with Dortmund equalising five minutes later via a well-placed curler by Andriy Yarmolenko, which gave Hugo Lloris no chance.
This ding-dong Champions League opener got even livelier on 14 minutes when Kane strode down the left, rode two fouls and fired home. Dortmund dominated possession for long spells in the first half but couldn’t find a way through well-marshalled white shirts, while Spurs looked dangerous on the counter-attack. Kane got his second and Tottenham’s third on the hour mark.
A clever interchange of passes between Son and Christian Eriksen saw Dortmund’s defence pulled out of position and it gave Kane space on the left to drill his effort into the bottom corner. Gaps opened up as Dortmund sought to find a way back in to the contest, and it could have been more with Eriksen, Kane and substitute Moussa Sissoko all going close. Vertonghen was sent off.
But Pochettino will be extremely pleased with how his team equipped themselves as they set out on a fresh Champions League adventure – and finally got their Wembley hoodoo off their back.
SPURS: Lloris, Aurier, Davies, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Son (Sissoko 83), Kane (Llorente 87)
Subs not used: Foyth, Vorm, Trippier, Walkers-Peter, Winks
BORUSSIA DORTMUND: Burki, Piszczek, Toljan, Toprak (Zagadou 80), Sokratis, Dahoud (Castro 72), Sahin, Kagawa (Gotze 66), Yarmolenlo, Pulisic, Aubameyang
Subs not used: Isak, Weidenfeller, Philipp, Subotic
Attendance: 67,343 (Wembley)