Kane’s dou­ble and de­fen­sive nous dispatch Dort­mund

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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.

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