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Spurs punish Dortmund 3-0 in Champions League

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Tottenham Hotspur got the job done in the first leg of the knockout stage tie against Borussia Dortmund, winning 3-0 to take a giant step toward the quarterfinals.

With and still sidelined by on Wednesday's match, Spurs again relied on Heung-Min Son up front and the international scored yet another key goal for the side, reports news.

faced a similar dilemma. With and unavailable, he went with a front three of Mario Götze, and

The hosts started the contest with five defenders, reflecting Pochettino's healthy respect for the attack despite the absence of the most prolific scorers.

The result of the chopping, changing and tactical adjustments was a dull first half that would have seemed more like a preseason friendly than a contest if not for the enthusiasm of the small, but animated contingent of traveling supporters in the stands at

A header by that forced a miraculous goal-line save by Tottenham keeper provided the only drama in the first 45 minutes.

Despite expectations that he would make a change up front to start the second half, Pochettino stuck with Son and the decision bore fruit in the 47th minute.

Spurs' gathered the ball after a botched clearance by Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi and delivered a perfect pass to the South Korean for the 1-0.

Falling behind left the visitors in disarray on a night where Pulisic, Götze and all underachieved.

Once the deadlock was broken, Tottenham exploited the relative inexperience of the German side to nail down the first leg and make a start on the second.

Vertonghen doubled the lead in the 83rd minute. Standing unmarked at the far post, he scored off a great pass from The 3-0 came three minutes later courtesy of late substitute Fernando Llorente, who got his head to Christian Eriksen's corner kick.

It has becomea commonplace that to be a great team a squad must be able to win even when playing at less than their best. By that standard, Wednesday night's victory can be seen as a milestone of Tottenham's development in the Pochettino era.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 13:36 IST
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