Tottenham produced an impressive second-half display to beat Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in first- leg of their last 16 fixture in the Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday.
The Mauricio Pochettino’s side were unstoppable after a tight first half. Son Heung-min broke the deadlock two minutes after the interval, with a side-foot volley from Jan Vertonghen’s cross.
Dortmund, regarded by many as favourites after injuries to Spurs’ talisman, Harry Kane, as well as Dele Alli, failed to respond and the home side rammed home their superiority in the last 10 minutes.
Vertonghen, who was outstanding slid in on Serge Aurier’s delivery and substitute, Fernando Llorente headed in Christian Eriksen’s near-post corner for a comprehensive win.
The London club also kept a clean sheet to enhance their chances of progressing to the quarter-final of the competition.
But they survived a fierce first half, when keeper Hugo Lloris made a crucial save from Dan-Axel Zagadou’s header, to gather themselves for a sustained second-half performance.
Son again rose superbly to the extra responsibility on him by Kane’s absence, while Vertonghen was inspired in all areas, not only in his defensive position, but further forward as he created one goal and scored another.
They take the huge advantage to Germany on March 5.
Meanwhile, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) gave cup holders, Real Madrid, an all important 2-1 at the Ajax Stadium in Holland, ahead of the second leg in Spain.
The young Ajax side played well and had a Nicolas Tagliafico goal ruled out by the first Champions League video assistant referee consultation.
Real took the lead when Karim Benzema smashed the ball into the top corner after fine work by Vinicius Jr.
Hakim Ziyech levelled from 10 yards, but Marco Asensio scored the winner from Dani Carvajal’s cross.
The Dutch side had the game’s best chances, with Dusan Tadic hitting the post in the first half and David Neres, who set up Ziyech’s goal, shooting straight at Thibaut Courtois in a one-on-one chance.
Substitute Kasper Dolberg missed a big chance in injury time as he slipped while shooting in the box, with Courtois able to get a hand to the ball.