Tottenham Hotspur clashed heads with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League earlier tonight having secured a comfortable 3-0 victory over their German opponents in the first leg last month. Spurs just needed to avoid a heavy defeat to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. Dortmund began the match on the front foot and dominated possession in the first half. However, they were not able to make a breakthrough before the half-time break.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men scored early in the second half through Harry Kane’s goal in the 48th minute. The North London outfit held on to secure a narrow 1-0 win on the night.
Let’s take a look at how each Tottenham player performed during the match against Dortmund.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 9/10
The French keeper was at his absolute best and performed well to secure a deserved clean sheet from this contest. He was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch.
CB: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10
The Belgian defender was a commanding presence at the back and won a lot of duels to earn a hard-fought shut-out during the encounter.
CB: Davinson Sánchez – 6/10
He started the game a bit slow, but his performance gradually got better in the second half.
CB: Jan Vertonghen – 7.5/10
The Belgian centre-back made a marvellous goal-saving tackle in the first half and defended resolutely to secure a clean sheet tonight.
RM: Serge Aurier – 6.5/10
The French full-back was defensively solid but failed to be a threat going forward.
CM: Harry Winks – 7/10
The English midfielder was decent in possession of the ball but unfortunately suffered an injury and was subsequently substituted in the second half.
CM: Moussa Sissoko – 7/10
The French talent picked out Kane with a sensational pass to make the breakthrough early in the second half.
LM: Ben Davies – 7/10
He was not afraid to put his body on the line and defended resolutely to restrict the Dortmund attackers from scoring a goal.
CAM: Christian Eriksen – 6/10
The Danish midfielder showed some glimpses of his brilliance, but it was few and far between as the Dortmund defenders marked him out of the game.
ST: Heung-Min Son – 6/10
The South-Korean found it challenging to create changes inside the Dortmund penalty box. He squandered a great chance to score but overall, had a quiet game up top for Spurs.
ST: Harry Kane – 8/10
His goal in the second half ended up making the difference on the night. The English forward is slowly returning to his best, and it was there for everyone to see tonight.
CM: Eric Dier – 6.5/10
The English midfielder came off the bench to replace Winks in the second half. He did enough to see out a hard-fought 1-0 win for Spurs at the Signal Iduna Park.
CAM: Erik Lamela – 6/10
The Argentine failed to create anything meaningful going forward.
LB: Danny Rose – N/A
Not enough time to make an impact.