Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Harry Kane scores twice in Champions League opener
By Lyall Thomas at Wembley Stadium
Last Updated: 14/09/17 7:38am
Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside their Wembley curse and opened their Champions League group campaign with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.
The England striker finished off the second of two swift counter-attacks in the first half, firing home at the near post in similar fashion to Heung-Min Son's opener after just four minutes.
Andriy Yarmolenko had equalised in a first half dominated by the Bundesliga side, who had two goals ruled out for offside in the game - one for Christian Pulisic and the other for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
But Kane put the game beyond them on 60 minutes when he finished off a neat move that involved Christian Eriksen and Ben Davies, before Spurs finished the game with 10 men following Jan Vertonghen's second bookable offence.
Mauricio Pochettino made three changes following Tottenham’s win at Everton as summer signing Serge Aurier made his debut, Mousa Dembele started in midfield and Son Heung-min replaced the suspended Dele Alli.Andriy Yarmolenko made his full Borussia Dortmund debut and was one of five changes as Omer Toprak and Jeremy Toljan were drafted in an injury-plagued defence. Mahmoud Dahoud and Shinji Kagawa got the nod in midfield.
Tottenham were poor in Europe at Wembley last season, winning just one of their Champions League group games, and they appeared off the pace again despite Son scoring inside four minutes.
The South Korean was put through by Kane down the left-hand side and beat Roman Burki from an acute angle inside the near post.
Dortmund were unfazed and looked dangerous throughout, with summer signing Yarmolenko curling home an equaliser seven minutes later following a neat one-two with Shinji Kagawa.
Kane barraged his way past two Dortmund defenders to smash his side back in front, but the Bundesliga side had further chances through the lively Pulisic, who had a goal ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time.
Dortmund had the ball in the net again on 57 minutes and had cause to complain when Aubameyang's crisp volley was incorrectly ruled chalked off.
But Spurs looked more in control in the second half and Christian Eriksen grew into the game, setting up Kane on the hour-mark with his 20th assist of 2017.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Aurier (7), Alderweireld (7), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (6), Davies (7), Dier (6), Dembele (7), Eriksen (7), Son (8), Kane (9).
Subs: Sissoko (5), Llorente (5).
Borussia Dortmund: Burki (5), Piszczek (6), Sokratis (5), Toprak (6), Toljan (7), Sahin (6), Dahoud (5), Kagawa (6), Aubameyang (6), Yarmolenko (7), Pulisic (8).
Subs: Castro (5), Gotze (5), Zagadou (5).
Man of the match: Harry Kane
Hugo Lloris was forced to make an excellent save to deny Aubameyang from close range late on before Vertonghen picked up a second yellow in stoppage time for catching substitute Mario Gotze in the face with a flailing arm.
- Tottenham have recorded just their second win in their last 12 games at Wembley (D3 L7), with their other win coming against CSKA Moscow in last season's Champions League group stage.
- Dortmund have lost on seven of their last 10 visits to England (W2 D1); including a 2-1 Champions League final defeat at Wembley in 2013.
- Tottenham have received red cards in two of their last four home games played at Wembley, including in each of their last two European games.
- Spurs haven't kept a clean sheet in their last 11 games at Wembley, since a goalless draw against Man Utd in the 2009 League Cup final.
- Eriksen has provided 20 assists in all competitions in 2017; seven more than any other player in the big five European leagues.
Man of the Match - Harry Kane
Tottenham's attacking trio of Eriksen, Son and Kane caused the Dortmund defence plenty of problems all evening but it was the England striker who made the match-winning contribution. He sent Son scampering away down the left for the opening goal before smashing a double past Roman Burki to seal victory.
Having got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start, Tottenham go in search of their first league victory at their temporary home when Swansea City head to Wembley for the late kick-off on Saturday.