Kane’s double and defensive nous dispatch Dortmund
3 1 Dynamo Kyiv, came inside off the right flank and he swapped passes with Shinji Kagawa. The idea took hold immediately. He would try to curl one with his left foot into the far top corner, beating one of the Europe’s top goalkeepers in the process. The execution was flawless. Hugo Lloris was powerless.
It was a mystery how Dortmund trailed at the interval, having repeatedly stretched Tottenham’s backline.There was a last-ditch quality to some of their defending, which was epitomised by the moment on 31 minutes when Vertonghen snaked out a long leg and got a toe to Christian Pulisic’s low cross, touching it out of the path of Aubameyang, who was on for a tap-in behind him.
Before the interval, Pulisic strained every sinew to get on to Aubameyang’s low cross but he could not get there. Spurs’ half-time lead had been provided by Kane and it felt like the counterpoint to Dortmund’s sophistication. It was a blood-and-thunder effort, with the Bürki; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Toprak (Zagadou, 80), Toljan■; Dahoud (Castro, 72), Sahin, Kagawa (Götze, 66); Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Pulisic.