A fine brace from Harry Kane helped Tottenham make a winning start in the Champions League group stages as they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley on Wednesday.
- Son gives Spurs an early lead
- Yarmolenko draws Dortmund level
- Kane brace seals Wembley win
- Vertonghen sent off at the death
Tottenham 3 Borussia Dortmund 1
The Group H opener in the English capital got off to a blistering start with three goals of real quality coming inside the opening quarter of an hour.
Son Heung-min broke the deadlock after just four minutes before Andriy Yarmolenko levelled matters seven minutes later with a classy strike.
Kane then restored Spurs’ lead on 15 minutes with an almost carbon copy of Son’s opener, and the England international sealed the win on the hour mark with another clinical finish from inside the box.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side couldn’t have hoped for a better start as Son got free down the left flank and advanced on goal before lashing a shot past Roman Burki from a tight angle in the fourth minute.
BVB enjoyed plenty of possession on the night and they were back on level terms just seven minutes later when Yarmolenko combined with Shinji Kagawa on the right before curling his shot into the top-left corner of the net from 22 yards out, the Ukrainian scoring with their first chance of the game.
But the north Londoners responded swiftly as they hit the visitors on the counter, with Kane out-muscling two opponents on the left and powering towards goal before firing past Burki at his near post from an acute angle in the 15th minute.
Christian Pulisic went close for the DFB-Pokal champions four minutes later as he cut inside from the left and saw his shot deflected wide of the right post.
Dortmund were struggling to get Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang involved, but he was nearly in on 35 minutes as Kagawa looked to thread him through on goal, although Hugo Lloris was quick off his line to snuff out the danger.
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Aubameyang then set up Pulisic at the back post with a low cross after being played into space down the right flank, but the USA international was unable to steer the ball goalward on the stretch.
That was the final action in a pulsating first half, and the home team started strongly again after the interval with Kane failing to hit the target from a good position in the 50th minute.
Son should have scored just a minute later from another breakaway as Kane picked him out with a square pass from the right, but the South Korean curled his effort well over the bar from 20 yards out.
Peter Bosz’s men thought they had pulled one back on 56 minutes when Aubameyang connected with Mahmoud Dahoud’s cross to fire home on the half-volley, but the goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.
Kane then rubbed salt into their wounds four minutes later as he beat Burki with a clinical finish from 14 yards out after being picked out on the left by Christian Eriksen.
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Burki pulled off a good save to deny Ben Davies from distance on the right in the 68th minute, while Lloris was called into action soon after to deny Aubameyang, and the action swung to the other end as Toby Alderweireld headed over a cross from Eriksen.
Kane had a chance to complete his hat-trick with 10 minutes remaining, but dragged a left-footed shot wide of the right post from inside the box.
The evening ended on a bit of a sour notes for Spurs when Jan Vertonghen was shown a straight red card after he caught Mario Gotze in the face with a flailing arm in stoppage time.