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Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund PLAYER RATINGS: Vertonghen capped stellar display with goal

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Tottenham 3-0 Borussia Dortmund PLAYER RATINGS: Jan Vertonghen capped stellar display with goal but Mario Gotze had a night to forget

Defender Jan Vertonghen scored once and set up another goal for Son Heung-min as Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to give them the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.

The Belgian notched his first goal in the Champions League with a well-timed volley in the 83rd minute after he had set up forward Son for a 47th minute lead. 

Substitute Fernando Llorente grabbed their third in the 86th.

TOTTENHAM (3-4-1-2)

Hugo Lloris 8

Superb one-handed save to deny Zagadou's header. Captain did what was asked of him on momentous night.

Juan Foyth 7

Big night for 21-year-old. Almost conceded opener when Pulisic picked his pocket.

Davinson Sanchez 7

At the centre of a makeshift back three and Spurs got their all-important clean sheet.

Toby Alderweireld 7

Sancho tested Spurs’ back three but they coped and kept him quiet in the second half. Experience helped massively.

Serge Aurier 7

Good pressing from the right wing but yellow card after 12 minutes left him on tightrope.

Harry Winks 7.5

Happy to act as protection in front of defence while Sissoko often pushed further forward.

Moussa Sissoko 7

Among those tasked with roughing up Dortmund players whenever possible.

Jan Vertonghen 8.5

Out of position, up against Sancho, then he gets an assist and a goal. Stellar second-half performance.

Christian Eriksen 8

Spurs’ equivalent of a quarterback. Always searching for pockets of space to exploit.

Son Heung-min 8

So clinical. Had to wait patiently for a clear-cut chance but got his goal. Always running and causing problems.

Lucas Moura 7

Skimmed post inside opening 10 minutes. Struggled to have an impact other than the odd shot.

SUBS

MANAGER

Mauricio Pochettino 7.5

No Harry Kane, no Dele Alli, no problem. What a win, and what a blessing it has been for him to have Son back.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-3-3)

Roman Burki 6

Modern goalkeeper who likes to pass from the back. No chance of denying Son.

Achraf Hakimi 5.5

Youngster was never going to lose any footraces to Vertonghen but was culprit who lost possession before Son’s goal.

Omer Toprak 5.5

Commanding centre back led by example in first half. Spurs tested Dortmund’s defence more in second half.

Abdou Diallo 5.5

Part of a compact back four. The 22-year-old looked comfortable as Spurs lacked urgency in first half.

Dan-Axel Zagadou 5.5

Point-blank save denied him opener and he could not stretch to head clear in Son’s goal.

Mahmoud Dahoud 6

Tried to create but this was not Dortmund’s night. A blur in midfield at times.

Axel Witsel 6

Often sat in front of the back four and constantly made sure team-mates were in correct positions. Did no good in the second half, mind.

Thomas Delaney 6

Disciplined performance from Dortmund in first half as Delaney linked between defence and attack well.

Jadon Sancho 7

All eyes were on the exciting English teenager. Started moves and showed off silky skills. Better first half than second.

Mario Gotze 5

Gotze didn't work as a striker as Dortmund missed their top two scorers in Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer.

Christian Pulisic 5

Chelsea-bound forward came close to scoring opener after pouncing on Foyth error. Otherwise anonymous.

SUBS

MANAGER

Lucien Favre 5.5

Tried to attack as promised and first half was impressive. Visitors struggled to pose threat once they went 1-0 down, however.

REFEREE

Antonio Mateu Lahoz 6

Had the Video Assistant Referee at his disposal and never needed him. No controversial calls of note. 

 

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