Europa League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 33rd goal in 38 games

Much-changed Tottenham were outclassed by Borussia Dortmund, who took a commanding lead into the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

With seven alterations, Spurs struggled to contain the hosts and were fortunate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's header was the only difference at half-time.

Gonzalo Castro hit the post before Marco Reus rifled in at the back post.

Son Hueng-min had a penalty appeal turned down but Reus then scored a half-volley after a flowing move.

Tottenham's heaviest defeat of the season leaves them a mountain to climb against a Dortmund team who must be considered one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season.

And in Mauricio Pochettino's 100th game in charge, his team selection perhaps showed that lying second in the Premier League is a more valuable commodity as Spurs seek to win a first top-flight league title since 1961.

Josh Onomah
Josh Onomah made his fourth start of the season with Nacer Chadli starting up front

Inexperience costs Spurs

Both teams are second in their domestic leagues and five points behind respective leaders Bayern Munich and Leicester, yet there was a gulf in class at the Westfalenstadion.

And with bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa Tottenham's next opponents on Sunday, questions will be asked about Pochettino's decision to rest Eric Dier and leave Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela on the bench, particularly from 3,400 travelling fans.

The young side could have done with more assistance, especially in midfield. Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll replaced Dembele and Dier, and could not cope as their opponents swarmed forward in the first half.

Only the experience of defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer kept the scoreline at 1-0 at the break with Erik Durm sliding wide and Aubameyang having a goal disallowed after Hugo Lloris saved Henrikh Mkhitaryan's stinging shot.

Spurs also showed naivety for the two opening goals, failing to clear the ball before Aubameyang rose to head in from Marcel Schmelzer's cross, and slow to press from the corner where Reus smashed in Neven Subotic's header.

Thomas Tuchel's team cut through the heart of the midfield to set up Reus for the third, the kind of goal which the rested Dier perhaps would have prevented.

Dembele, Lamela and Kane were all introduced but they made little difference against a team who have not lost at home in 2016.

Marco Reus
Marco Reus half-volleys in his second goal to seal the victory

Dortmund still worthy of Champions League

Dortmund have competed in the Champions League for the past four seasons and are only in the Europa League after a poor start to last year's domestic campaign under previous boss Jurgen Klopp.

But under Tuchel they have regained their former lustre, chalking up 12 games unbeaten in all competitions. At times, they mesmerised Spurs with quick interchanges in midfield and clever wing play.

Aubameyang scored his 33rd of the season, and could have grabbed two others, as he was ably supported by Mkhitaryan and Castro in attacking positions, with Reus and Durm offering dynamism from the flanks.

Dortmund have never won the Europa League, or the Uefa Cup as it was previously known, but on this evidence it will take a very strong performance to stop them reaching the final in Basel, and perhaps even lifting the trophy.

Man of the Match

Marco Reus
Marco Reus recently committed to Dortmund until 2019 and was one of several key players against Spurs

Manager reaction

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "It is difficult to explain but it's a bad day and I'm disappointed with our performance. We did not play well. That is why we lost the game.

"We need to fight in the return leg next week. Three-nil is not a good result for us but we still need to keep working hard and try next Thursday.

"This was our first time losing 3-0 this season. We need to be calm and be sure it doesn't happen again."

What's next?

Tottenham take their Premier League challenge to bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa on Sunday while Dortmund host Thomas Tuchel's former team, Mainz.

Line-ups

Bor Dortmd

  • 1Weidenfeller
  • 26Piszczek
  • 6BenderSubstituted forSuboticat 58'minutes
  • 15Hummels
  • 29Schmelzer
  • 33Weigl
  • 37Durm
  • 10Mkhitaryan
  • 27Castro
  • 11ReusSubstituted forRamosat 82'minutes
  • 17AubameyangSubstituted forKagawaat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Subotic
  • 14Leitner
  • 18Sahin
  • 20Ramos
  • 23Kagawa
  • 28Ginter
  • 38Bürki

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 16Trippier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33Davies
  • 8Mason
  • 28CarrollBooked at 35mins
  • 25Onomah
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forLamelaat 65'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forKaneat 76'minutes
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forDembéléat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 6Bentaleb
  • 10Kane
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 19Dembélé
  • 38Carter-Vickers
Referee:
Cüneyt Çakir
Attendance:
65,848

Match Stats

Home TeamBor DortmdAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Borussia Dortmund 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Borussia Dortmund 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Durm.

Foul by Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund).

Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund).

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Adrián Ramos replaces Marco Reus.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Shinji Kagawa replaces Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Foul by Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund).

Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane replaces Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marcel Schmelzer.

Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Foul by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund).

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

Goal!

Goal! Borussia Dortmund 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Gonzalo Castro with a through ball.

Booking

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Christian Eriksen.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Neven Subotic.

Foul by Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Tom Carroll (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Borussia Dortmund 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Neven Subotic following a corner.

Attempt missed. Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gonzalo Castro with a cross.

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Borussia Dortmund. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Dortmund. Neven Subotic replaces Sven Bender because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Nacer Chadli.

Foul by Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

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1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

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2Bor Dortmd6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

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1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Brugge6123411-75
4Legia War6114410-64

E

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2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
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F

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2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

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2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
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H

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2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
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I

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2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
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J

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2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
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K

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2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nic6105312-93

L

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1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2FC Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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