Kane sends Spurs into quarter-finals with statement success
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Champions League round of 16 second leg: Borussia Dortmund 0 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Harry Kane’s second-half goal helped Tottenham Hotspur secure an impressive 1-0 win away to Borussia Dortmund to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League in style this evening.
It was far from straightforward for Mauricio Pochettino’s team, but after a backs to the wall showing in the first half, they showed their class after the break.
This is just the third time the club have reached the last-eight of Europe’s elite competition, yet after getting there so comprehensively, they will now believe anything is possible.
Spurs made three changes to the side which drew 1-1 in the north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday as Serge Aurier, Ben Davies and Harry Winks returned.
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Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama dropped to the bench while Kieran Trippier was left behind back in England.
The noise inside the stadium was deafening, but it took the Black and Yellows a little bit of time to create a genuine opening.
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When they did, it was generally squandered, yet midway through the half the hosts’ went through the gears.
Hugo Lloris was becoming busier and busier and then Tottenham created a chance to put the tie to bed.
Christian Eriksen spotted the run of Heung-min Son and sent him through, but he fired off target in the 31st minute.
This seemed to give Dortmund the kick they needed and they laid siege to the away goal and Lloris was forced into a flurry of saves.
Davies also made a heroic block and the last-ditch defending from the Lilywhites ensured it was goalless at the break.
Part one of the job had been complete and four minutes into the second period Spurs took a massive step into the next round.
Moussa Sissoko found Kane and the forward netted his third goal in four games since returning from injury.
It was a wonderful strike and huge for Tottenham, who had withstood the storm and now showed a new mature side in the knock-out phase.
Pochettino was forced into a change afterwards with Winks coming off and Eric Dier making his comeback from illness with 55 on the clock.
Another substitution was made 16 minutes later when Erik Lamela replaced Son and although Dortmund went close through Christian Pulisic, Spurs were nearly home and dry now.
Rose entered the fray late on and the visitors continued to dictate play impressively as they secured a fourth straight win over the German outfit.
It was a special night for this group of players with Lloris answering all his critics and Kane becoming the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in Europe with 24 goals.
Spurs will now wait to find out who they will play in the quarter-finals and there is a real possibility the home fixture could in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
After a difficult week, suddenly everything is beginning to look a bit more positive for the Lilywhites approaching the final few months of the campaign.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris ©; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Sissoko, Winks (Dier 55), Davies; Eriksen (Rose 83); Son (Lamela 71), Kane.
Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Wanyama, Moura, Llorente.