Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min lead Tottenham's stellar start to UCL

Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min lead Tottenham's stellar start to UCL
From ESPN - September 13, 2017

After previously winning just one out of 11 matches at Wembley, Tottenham picked a good time to arrest their run of disappointing results at the national stadium as they got their Champions League campaign off to a winning start.

Solo goals from Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane sandwiched a 20-yard strike from Andriy Yarmolenko inside the first 15 minutes against Borussia Dortmund -- and Kane then struck the killer blow on the hour mark to secure an invaluable 3-1 victory.

Jan Vertonghen was sent off late, but Spurs have already landed a heavy blow in the fight for qualification from Group H.

By beating the Bundesliga leaders, they have immediately established a three-point lead over the side most likely to challenge them for a top-two spot alongside reigning European champions Real Madrid.


Serge Aurier looked at home on the right flank on his debut, while Davinson Sanchez came through a far tougher test than Saturday's comfortable 3-0 victory at Everton.

Unusually, Spurs spent most of the game without the ball -- they had less than one-third of the possession -- but they adjusted their typical game plan and hit Dortmund on the break instead.

It was a mature performance which allowed the usual stars to shine, with Christian Eriksen and Kane showing their class, while Son ensured that the suspended Dele Alli was not missed.


Spurs will be without Vertonghen as well as Alli for their next European match against Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus. The Belgian was harshly shown a second yellow card when he accidentally caught Mario Gotze with a swinging arm.

Manager ratingout of 10

8 -- The Argentine planned ahead by resting Mousa Dembele and Son against Everton on Saturday, and he reaped the rewards against Dortmund. He picked a sensible lineup and opted for pragmatism over ideals as the visitors dominated possession, recognising this was an occasion when his side would have to play in a different way to his preferred philosophy. Like his players, he adjusted to the demands of the Champions League.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Hugo Lloris, 8 -- Powerless to stop Yarmolenko's accurate strike and made a good save in the second half while coming off his line quickly to intercept a few through balls.

DF Toby Alderweireld, 8 -- Communicated well with Sanchez and Aurier, and defended immaculately as Spurs repeatedly repelled their talented visitors, making a particularly good sliding intervention to block a low first-half cross.


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