Champions League: Son Heung-Min Continues Hot Streak As Tottenham Stuff Dortmund To Gain Strong First-Leg Lead (Photo & Video)

Chris Wright

14th, February 2019


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Tottenham mustered a fantastic win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Wembley on Wednesday.

After the first half finished goalless, Spurs blitzed the Bundesliga leaders in the second, scoring three unanswered goals to afford themselves some decent leverage to carry over into the second leg.

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Son Heung-Min opened the scoring just two minutes after the restart with his 11th goal in his last 12 appearances.

The finish was exquisite in and of itself, but just keep an eye on Son’s movement in the build-up – a touch, a glance, a sprint into the space and then enough composure to send a side-foot, nonchalant volley back across the goalkeeper.

Superb. The Korean forward really is at the peak of his powers at the moment. He’s as important to this Spurs team than anybody else.

Jan Vertonghen, impressive as an auxiliary left wing-back, added a second in the 83rd minute when the Belgian connected with Serge Aurier’s deep cross to volley past Roman Burki.

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Despite being unfairly denigrated by many fans for essentially not being Harry Kane, Fernando Llorente demonstrated just how effective he can be by providing an attacking focal point after coming off the bench.

The big Basque striker also managed to grab himself a well-deserved goal just a few minutes before full-time by getting a head to Christian Eriksen’s in-swinging corner…

After watching them have to battle back from the brink to even make it into the knockout phase, Mauricio Pochettino branded his players “heroes” in the aftermath.

Of course, there is still work to be done (the second leg is in Dortmund on 5th March) but with Spurs visibly progressing under a gifted manager, you’d have to install them as favourites to reach the quarters.