Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund eased to a 3-0 victory over Tottenham in the Last-16 of the Europa league with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus finding the net at Signal-Iduna Park.
Dortmund 3 Tottenham 0
Spurs make seven changes as 18-year old Josh Onomah starts
Aubameyang heads in his 33rd of the season to open scoring
Reus adds a brace
Tottenham effectively knocked out with three-goal deficit
Borussia Dortmund produced a display of the highest order at home as Spurs just couldn’t match up to their pace and precision.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring with a header from a Marcel Schmelzer cross.
BVB continued where they left off in the second-half when vice-captain Marco Reus scored a brace in what was a scintillating display of attacking football.
Full Report Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino repaid the faith in his fringe players who impressed against Fiorentina in the previous round, with the likes of Tom Carroll and 18-year old Josh Onomah both starting at the Westfalenstadion on Thursday night.
The Argentine coach’s line-up made it clear that the English Premier League is their first priority, but his side started off well in the early stages of the first-half, pressing the Germans high-up the pitch and forcing them into a more direct long-ball approach.
It wasn’t too long before Dortmund started to show their more fluent style of play with their lightning quick attack putting Spurs left-back Ben Davies under severe pressure.
Thomas Tuchel’s men came close to breaking the deadlock through the unlikely source of right back Erik Durm. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang split the Spurs defence with a pass that Durm accepted with a well-timed run, but he poked the ball just wide of the far post.
After the near-miss, Dortmund grew in confidence and a barrage of attacks were to follow for Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer to deal with.
First Abaumeyeng had a goal correctly ruled offside, before Hugo Lloris made a fine save to deny Marco Reus, frustrating the local fans. It wasn’t too long before Die Südtribüne were back to their full voice, as Abaumeyeng ghosted between two defenders to head home his 33rd goal of the season after a pin-point delivery from left-back Marcel Schmelzer found the Gabon international and left Lloris stranded.
After the opening goal it was all Dortmund. They showed great composure playing the ball out from their defence with impressive one-touch football that saw the The Lilywhites chase shadows until the end of the first-half.
The second-half started slowly as both sides traded possession in midfield which gave Spurs the confidence to believe they were still in with a chance. Unfortunately, the hosts had other ideas. Dortmund kicked up a gear and simply could not be dealt with as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Reus and the impressive Schmelzer’s swift attacking play put them to the sword.
Dortmund 3-0 Spurs FT:
Chances created: 15-3
Pass accuracy: 86%-78%
Job done. pic.twitter.com/ZTykQ9N3Ux
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 10, 2016
Schmelzer was involved again as they doubled their advantage in the 60th minute – a short corner routine was executed perfectly for Reus to volley home and it wasn’t long before Pochetinno rung in the changes.
Moussa Dembele and Erik Lamela were sent on for the ineffective Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen, but shortly after, Reus scored his second in the space of 10 minutes after a typical sweeping move from the Germans was finished off by the vice-captain, with Castro being credited with the assist.
Harry Kane was thrown on in a late attempt to salvage something from the game but Dortmund continued their dominance until the final minute, leaving the English side with a near impossible task of overturning a three-goal deficit at White Hart lane in the second-leg fixture next Thursday.