Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund played out a riveting encounter at Wembley as fans were treated to an exciting 90 minutes of pure footballing action. The home side prevailed at the end, with a fairly convincing 3:1 win over Borussia Dortmund. Son Heung Min opened the scoring for the home side but Dortmund were quick to reply thanks to a stunning strike by Andriy Yarmolenko. Harry Kane’s brace, however, proved to be the telling difference between the two sides.
The win will give Spurs a much-needed advantage over Borussia Dortmund in Group H as they sit second in the table – just behind Real Madrid, who were emphatic in their 3:0 win over APOEL.
Here are Tottenham player ratings in their win over the Black and Yellows.
Hugo Lloris (7.5/10): Was rooted to the spot when Yarmolenko curled a brilliant strike from the edge of the penalty area for the equalizer. But the French International did very well afterwards, including a brilliant save in the latter stages of the game.
Serge Aurier (8.5/10): Started the game slowly but grown in confidence as the game went on. Even though it was a close enough encounter between him and opposing fullback Jeremy Toljan, the Ivorian prevailed. He was key in both defense and offensive front for Spurs, making five tackles, three interceptions and attempting two dribbles.
Toby Alderweireld (8/10): Was very dogged in defence. The Belgian International stuck to his task in stopping the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He made the joint most number of tackles along with Serge Aurier and also made a crucial interception.
Davinson Sanchez (7.5/10): Started the game pretty well, showing good composure in defence but started to dissipate a little as the game went on. His mistake could have allowed BVB score their second in the game.
Jan Vertonghen (8/10): Once again a valiant defensive display from the Spurs defender. Vertonghen lead his sides’ defensive charge quite well and kept checks on both Aubameyang and Yarmolenko throughout the game. Unfortunately, he was sent off after shoving Mario Gotze in the final minutes of the game. He’ll miss the next clash against APOEL two weeks from now.
Ben Davies (8/10): Probably one of the most underrated players on the field, Davies done very well to keep out the threat of Andriy Yarmolenko. Furthermore, he was a constant threat on the counter with his inward running and accurate crosses.
Eric Dier (8/10): Guarded the defence, inexplicably well alongside partnering midfielder Moussa Dembele. The English International made a few important tackles in the middle of the park but most importantly, prevented the opposition from seizing through the middle.
Moussa Dembele (7.5/10): Wasn’t as impressive as his teammates but Dembele served as a crucial part of the sturdy defensive block from the home side.
Christian Eriksen (8.5/10): Showed his brilliance once again as the Dane instilled the attacking fluency right from the beginning. He was very good in transition and initiated many of Spurs’ counter attacks. His balls constantly troubled the opposition defence.
Heung-Min Son (7.5/10): His amazing finish was the beginning of a great show at the Wembley. Son partnered well with his attacking teammates and pressed the Dortmund defensive line higher up the field.
Harry Kane (10/10): By far the best player on the night, Harry Kane showed just why he’s one of the top strikers in Europe right now. His amazing work rate saw him getting involved in almost each and every action on the field, not just in offence but in defence as well. And the number says it all, six shots, five dribbles, four clearances(!) and two goals to cap off a perfect night for the 24-year-old.