Injury-hit Spurs beat Dortmund, holders edge Ajax

Jadon Sancho

"We were able to keep them quiet in the second half and they weren't able to be clinical".

With seven minutes of the game remaining, Tottenham managed to double their advantage in the tie through the impressive Vertonghen, who converted the cross from Spurs' other wing-back, Serge Aurier, before a glancing header from substitute Fernando Llorente to convert a fine Christian Eriksen corner four minutes from the end put Spurs in control of the tie.

Defender Jan Vertonghen scored once and set up another goal for Son Heung-min as Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to give them the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.

Reflecting on the second-half improvement from Spurs, Pochettino said: "The first half was very hard". "Next time when Son scores, I go to the dressing-room, shower and wait for the game [to end]", Pochettino said with a smile.

Spurs were once again without injured England duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli for the Dortmund clash and recovered from a below-par first-half performance to run out resounding winners. Pochettino also got his players to get closer to Jadon Sancho, and the England worldwide was subdued in the second period. For these boys it'a test because they are rich before they play'.

"Also we were a bit lucky because it was a massive confidence boost when Sonny scored - it made the team play much better".

First, it was Sancho, who turned Sanchez inside out with a deft body feint in the first half.

Pochettino devised a clever game-plan that eventually frustrated Dortmund and secured Tottenham's first ever Champions League knockout-round win at home. Jan Vertonghen was enormous at left wing back, Christian Eriksen really grew into the game and the key man was Son Heung-min.

"Jan is technically unbelievable and can play in any position".

"3-0 is a very good result but at the same time we have to think that we have to finish the job".

"I'm so happy for him, he was fantastic today", said the Argentine of his young countryman.

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