Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham: Champions League last 16 – Bvb

Bvb 41 min: Dortmund win a free-kick wide on the left, a long way out. The ball’s lofted towards the Spurs penalty area by Jadon Sancho, where Davinson Sanchez heads clear. Borussia dortmund live stream

39 min: Looking at that Wolf shove on Son again, I can’t see how the VAR and/or the referee could have come to any other conclusion than that Wolf clearly pushed Son in the back as he was about to shoot when clean through on goal. It would have been a penalty, a red card and – almost certainly – tie over.
38 min: More frantic defending from Tottenham, who are really under the cosh. Wolf gets in behind down the right and drills a low cross into the area. His delivery is put out for a corner from which nothing comes.

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37 min: Another save from Lloris, this time from a Sancho shot straight at him from just inside the penalty area.

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34 min: Dortmund go close three times in quick succession. Lloris saves brilliantly with an outstretched left hand from Goetze moments after he and Ben Davies had combined to save from Wiegl and Reus. Davies did superbly at one post to deflect a goalbound Reus shot over the bar for the corner from which Goetz came so close to scoring.

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33 min: According to BT Sport’s in-house referee Peter Walton, Son was onside. He doesn’t think there was enough conclusive evidence of a shove in the back from Wolf for the referee to have awarded a penalty if the Video Assistant Referee had intervened.

30 min: Chance! Whatever Poch said to Son almost did the trick. The South Korean was put in behind Marius Wolf by a deft pass from Eriksen. Through on goal with Wolf in hot pursuit, he shoots wide with his right foot, having shipped a push in the back from his pursuer just before pulling the trigger. I have a feeling Son was offside and the linesman was waiting to see how the move would pan out before raising his flag.

27 min: Serge Aurier further enrages the Dortmund crowd, going down and staying down after a challenge from Abdou Diallo. While he receives treatment, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen give the referee some helpful and no doubt unsolicited advice. On the touchline Mauricio Pochettino gives Son Heung-min a pep-talk.

 

Tottenham’s Serge Aurier down injured.
Tottenham’s Serge Aurier down injured. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

25 min: Tottenham win a throw-in just inside the Dortmund half and the crowd roar impatiently as Serge Aurier dawdles over taking it, while stealing about 10 yards in the process.

Referee Danny Makkelie blows his whistle and give the throw-in the other way, prompting Moussa Sissoko to kick the ball away in a fit of pique. The Tottenham midfielder escapes a booking for his petulance.

23 min: Abdou Diallou makes inroads down the left flank and tees up Mario Goetze for a shot on goal from the edge of the penalty area. It’s a weak effort and is blocked. Diallou had a couple of better passing options open to him there, but elected to pick out Goetze.

 

22 min: A quarter of the way into the game and the deadline remains unbroken, which will suit Tottenham just fine.

 

21 min: Chance! Marco Reus finds a pocket of space just inside the Spurs penalty area, picks up a pull-back from Guerreiro and lashes the ball goalwards. His shot takes a deflection off Davinson Sanchez and loops up into the arms of Hugo Lloris. min: Ben Davies lashes a cross in from the left, aiming for Harry Kane on the edge of the Dortmund penalty area. It’s not quite accurate enough and Dortmund clear their lines.

 

18 min: Possession stats so far: Dortmund 73%-27% Tottenham Hotspur.

16 min: The ball’s played wide to Abdou Diallo on the left wing and he trades passes with Axel Witsel, before the Belgian floats the ball over the top for Paco Alcacer. Playing on the shoulder of Davinson Sanchez, he gets in front of his man, sticks out a leg and hooks the dropping ball over both Hugo Lloris and the cross-bar. He’s flagged for offside.

 

Davidson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur is beaten to the ball by Paco Alcacer of Borussia Dortmund.

 

Davidson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur is beaten to the ball by Paco Alcacer of Borussia Dortmund. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

 

14 min: Dortmund continue to dominate, penning Spurs back as they look for an opening and the early goal that would surely put a spring in their step.

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13 min: Eriksen hacks the ball clear as a low cross is drilled towards Alcacer at the near post.

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11 min: Jan Vertonghen slides in to dispossess Reus with a fantastic, goal-saving tackle on the edge of the Tottenham six yard box as the Dortmund man was shaping to shoot from close range after bursting into the penalty area.

 

Dortmund’s Marco Reus is thwarted by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen.

 

Dortmund’s Marco Reus is thwarted by Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

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10 min: Good defending from Alderweireld, who doesn’t allow Jadon Sancho to get a cross into the Tottenham penalty area, when several of his team-mates were in good positions. He slices the ball wide.

9 min: Dortmund lay the ball long for Reus to chase, but again it’s over-cooked and sails out of play for a Tottenham throw-in deep inside their own half.

 

7 min: Dortmund are monopolising possession in these early stages, but Tottenham are defending reasonably stoutly under pressure with five across the back when they don’t have the ball. Dortmund left-back Abdou Diallo sends in a cross, which is cleared.

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6 min: Jadon Sancho gets down the right touchline and sends in a cross. He’s aiming for Paco Alcacer, but Toby Alderweireld is on hand to clear for Tottenham.

 

4 min: Dortmund win the first corner of the night, courtesy of a deflected short from Marius Wolf. Raphael Gurreiro sends the ball into the mixer and Tottenham clear their lines.

3 min: Dortmund enjoy their first spell of possession, which comes to an end when Manuel Akanji tries to loft a ball over the top for Mario Goetze to chase. He over-clubs and sends his delivery and sends the ball out of play for a goal-kick.

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2 min: Spurs win another throw-in halfway inside the Dortmund half, before Kane is penalised for an late challenge on Julian Wiegl, who goes down clutching his shin.

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Dortmund v Tottenham is going!

1 min: Tottenham kick off, their players wearing white shirts, shorts and socks. Dortmund’s players wear their usual home kit of yellow shirts, black shorts and yellow socks. From the kick-off, a long ball is lofted towards Harry Kane on the right flank and Spurs win an early throw-in.

 

The teams are out: At one end of the ground a giant, European Cup mosaic celebrating Dortmund’s European Cup win in 1997 greets them upon their arrival on the pitch. They line up either side of the match officials and the Champions League anthem blares out over the Tannoy.

 

Nice tifo.

 

Nice tifo. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters

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Not long now: Their team may be 3-0 down from the first leg, but Borussia Dortmund’s supporters remain in good heart. The Westfalenstadion is packed; a sea of yellow and black as their fans, including the 25,000 in Die Südtribüne behind one goal go through their pre-match chants. The teams are in the tunnel and kick-off is just a few minutes away.

uricio Pochettino speaks: “We need to be ourselves and we need to play in the way we usually play,” he tells dishy BT Sport touchline scamperer Des Kelly. “It’s so important to think the game is 0-0. I wish that we start well the game.”

On the inclusion of Harry Winks, he has this to say: “I think you know the last month you know how important Harry Winks was for us. It’s good for the team and it’s good for us that he can play tonight.”

And on how he thinks the game will pan out. “It’s going to be tough,” he says. “In football you need to be aware, concentrate and focus. We need to be strong together and have good communication on the pitch. We need a good start because they’re going to push us from the beginning. We need to show that we are a strong team, show our quality and dominate.”

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: Burki, Wolf, Akanji, Weigl, Diallo, Sancho, Reus, Witsel, Gotze, Guerreiro, Alcacer.

Subs: Hitz, Zagadou, Hakimi, Delaney, Pulisic, Schmelzer, Bruun Larsen.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Winks, Eriksen, Sissoko, Son, Kane.

Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Dier, Llorente, Lucas Moura.

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland)

 

Danny Makkelie and John Guidetti

 

Pictured here showing John Guidetti a red card for removing his shirt seven years ago, Danny Makkelie will be in charge of maintaining order tonight. Photograph: VI-Images/VI-Images via Getty Images

Team news …

Harry Winks is fit to start for Tottenham after missing Saturday’s north London derby with a hip problem. He returns to the starting line-up along with full-backs Ben Davies and Serge Aurier.

Jadon Sancho starts for Dortmund, while captain Marco Reus is fit having been injured for the Wembley clash. We’ll have the full line-ups very shortly.

 

Harry Winks

 

Harry Winks has recovered from injury and will start for Tottenham tonight. Photograph: Nigel Keene/pro sports/REX/Shutterstock

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Lucien Favre speaks

With an English team in town, it was no surprise that Dortmund’s Swiss manager was asked for his assessment of a certain youngster’s performances this season. “Jadon [Sancho] is a very, very good player,” he said of the teenager who signed from Manchester City last summer. “Very talented. He’s just 18 and sometimes there are ups and downs. He had an outstanding first half of the season. He has a lot to learn, but fortunately he has a lot of potential.”

Asked about his side’s chances of overcoming their three-goal deficit, he said “the first leg is done and this is a different situation. We know we can score goals, but as I said, we have to play very cleverly. Of course, the most important thing is to produce a top performance. Anything is possible. We have to play very cleverly.”

Fun fact: Borussia Dortmund are yet to concede at home in the Champions League this season and have scored at least three goals in every home fixture since the turn of the year.

 

Tottenham Hotspur fans

 

Tottenham fans get their drink on in the build-up to tonight’s match against Borussia Dortmund. Photograph: Tom Jacobs/Action Images via Reuters

Mauricio Pochettino speaks …

 

 

Speaking at yesterday’s pre-match briefing, The Tottenham manager spoke of the need for a good start from his side. “It’s important to start the game at a very good level – be aggressive, fight from the beginning, high tempo, that’s key,” he said.

Asked about the fitness of Eric Dier and Harry Winks, he had this to say. “We need to assess both [Dier and Winks]. They are here because we still need one day more to assess if they can. Dier has been out for a while and maybe on the bench. Winks we need to see tomorrow.”

And on tonight’s match in general: “It’s a great opportunity to play and go through to the next round in an important competition like the Champions League,” he said. “Tomorrow is going to be a tough game. We need to forget the first leg.”

Stirring, exciting stuff.

 

Mauricio Pochettino

 

Mauricio Pochettino conducts his pre-match press conference in Dortmund yesterday. Photograph: TF-Images/Getty Images

Early team news

Dele Alli remains a conspicuous absence from the Tottenham midfield, while his manager Mauricio Pochettino will make a late decision on the fitness of Eric Dier and Harry Winks, who are among his side’s lame and halt but have made the trip to Germany. Kieran Trippier has been rested (or “rested” depending on your point of view).

Dortmund captain Marco Reus is expected to return for Dortmund after missing the first leg with a thigh injury, but Christian Pulisic is unlikely to be available after missing Dortmund’s defeat at the hands of Augsburg on Friday night with thigh issues of his own.

In bad news for him but good news for those of us who type minute-by-minute reports for a living, Polish right-back Lukasz Piszczek remains out with a heel injury. Paco Alcacer and Julian Weigl, who were both absent from Dortmund’s line-up in the first leg, are fit again and available for selection.

 

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham

To Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia, where the Signal Iduna Park is the venue for tonight’s Round of 16 second leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham arrive with a three-goal lead from the first leg at Wembley, leaving the German league leaders with quite the mountain to climb if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of this season’s tournament.

As implausible an outcome as it might seem, it would not be without precedent. Of the 130 occasions in European Cup history that one side has won the first leg 3-0 at home, they have gone on to qualify 123 times. Which means they haven’t gone on to qualify seven times. Kick-off is at 8pm (GMT), but stay tuned for team news and build-up in the meantime.

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