Tottenham Hotspur have defeated Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany. Spurs have reserved berth in quarter finals of Champions League 2018-19 edition. Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain Harry Kane scored only goal of the match on 49′. Spurs won 4-0 on aggregate building on 3-0 win in first leg. Tottenham Hotspur have reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for only the second time after 2010-11 UCL season. Dortmund have been eliminated twice from their last three appearances in Round of 16 stage (last suffering this fate in 2014-15 UCL edition).
Borussia Dortmund started the match superbly by attacking the opponent on multiple occasions in first half. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris made saves against Marco Reus, Julian Weigl Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho. Spurs defenders Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies also thwarted the attacks of Reus and Weigl. Borussia Dortmund kicked five clear shots at Tottenham goal in later stages of the first half. It was brilliance of Hugo Lloris that helped Spurs block all Borussia attempts of scoring before break.
Spurs attacked on Borussia Dortmund in the second half right from start. Son Heung-Min made an early effort that went just wide of the post. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko placed a perfect pass to vice skipper Harry Kane, who curved the ball wide of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki into net in the right corner. Borussia Dortmund (BVB) had a mammoth task on hand after conceding 4-0 lead for UCL quarter-final qualification. But they could not score as Spurs employed solid defence. Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris was judged man of the match for his excellent performance as goalie.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We are in the quarter-finals. I’m so happy for the players, and the fans. It’s an important victory. Of course we suffered a bit but it’s OK and we fully deserve to be to be in the quarter-final. Hugo Lloris was great. We conceded more chances than we expected but that’s football. After losing in the first leg they had nothing to lose. In the last 10 minutes of the first half it was difficult for us. They started to play a little but more and then in the first action when we were able to connect we managed to score the goal. Now it’s about enjoying that we are in the quarter-final. We need to feel proud.”