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“Couldn’t be prouder”, “Give us Ajax”: Some Tottenham fans on cloud nine as Spurs down Dortmund in the UCL + Match report

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Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham report: Tottenham match report

After a poor performance in the North London derby on Saturday, Tottenham took on Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

The Lilywhites won the game 1-0 to progress to the quarterfinals of the competition 4-0 on aggregate.

Mauricio Pochettino made three changes to the side that started against Arsenal, with Ben Davies, Serge Aurier and Harry Winks returning to the squad. Dortmund made six changes from the first leg with Reus and Alcacer both starting in a very attack-minded line-up.

Tottenham went into the game with a 3-goal advantage but after three games without a win, confidence seemed to be lacking as they walked out in front of the yellow wall.

The hosts looked dangerous early on, especially on the right wing, with Jadon Sancho and Mario Gotze causing all sorts of problems for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. 

The first chance of the game fell to Marco Reus, whose attempt to shoot was stopped by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Jan Vertonghen. Dortmund’s relentless pressure nullified Tottenham’s attempt to keep possession. 

Paco Alcacer was the next one to come close for the hosts but Sanchez’s presence next to him was enough to put the Spaniard off. Hugo Lloris made a smart save off of a deflected shot from Marco Reus in the 20th minute of the game.

Weigl was denied twice in two seconds before Marco Reus’ volley was blocked. Gotze was also denied spectacularly by Lloris. Jadon Sancho was the next Dortmund player to have his shot denied by the Tottenham skipper, who looked in fine form.

Spurs managed to hold onto possession in the last few minutes of the game before they went in at the break with their 3-0 aggregate lead. 

Dortmund started off the second half on a high but were stunned three mins in after Harry Kane was set free in front of goal and he buried it. The goal dropped Dortmund’s spirits and Spurs had a relatively easy ride from there on.

Dortmund could not maintain their tempo from the first half and despite their efforts, Tottenham proved to be too solid to break down. Dortmund had scored at least three goals in every home game in 2019 before this. 

Mauricio Pochettino’s game plan of keeping a solid shape and hitting Dortmund on the counter proved to be a brilliant decision and kept the opposition at bay throughout the second half.

Tottenham qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a stellar away performance. 

Hereis how some of the fans reacted to their side’s victory 

Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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