Dortmund 0-1 Tottenham: Champions League at a glance

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Harry Kane’s unerring finish completed Tottenham’s safe passage to their second-ever UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

Hugo Lloris made several saves in the first 45 minutes with Julian Weigl, Mario Götze and Marco Reus all denied by the goalkeeper though Spurs could have taken the lead when Heung-Min Son was sent clear only for the Korean to fire wide.

Kane scores the only goal of the game

Kane scores the only goal of the game©Getty Images

Kane fared better from Moussa Sissoko’s through ball in the 49th minute, sweeping his finish around Roman Bürki and becoming Spurs’ all-time leading goalscorer in Europe with 24 in the process.

View from the stadium: James Thorogood

Lucien Favre had called for a “clever” performance from his side but it was Tottenham who demonstrated the nous to navigate their way to the quarter-finals. Kane provided for Tottenham what Dortmund lacked all evening, his clinical touch proving the difference at the end of an absorbing contest. If the Englishman got the winner tonight, however, it was Lloris’s string of first-half saves to prevent Dortmund breaking the deadlock that won the tie.

Man of the match: Hugo Lloris

Spurs were forced into a rearguard action in the first half

Spurs were forced into a rearguard action in the first half©Getty Images

Lloris kept out a stoppage-time penalty on Saturday and carried that form into this fixture. The Spurs skipper came up big just as his team were enduring sustained pressure in a BVB-dominated first period, making a succession of stunning stops to add to his already impressive collection: there was one low down to his right from Weigl, another high to his left to deny Götze and a third from Reus’s deflected effort. The low save late on to frustrate Paco Alcácer rounded off a brilliant display.

Key stats

  • Harry Kane has 14 goals in 17 UEFA Champions League appearances

  • Tottenham have now won 17 of the 19 European ties in which they won the home first leg

  • Tottenham have scored in their last 18 UEFA Champions League matches

  • Spurs have hit 13 goals in the competition this season – 12 of them in the second half

  • Dortmund have won just one of their last eight knockout phase games in Europe (L5)
Spurs have reached the #UCL last eight for the second time

Spurs have reached the #UCL last eight for the second time©AFP/Getty Images

What does it mean?

This was the 131st UEFA Champions League/European Cup tie where the away side went into the game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg. Only seven times has that deficit been overturned.

Tottenham now go into the quarter-final and semi-final draws, taking place on 15 March at 12:00CET in Nyon.

What’s next?

Prior to the quarter-final first leg (09/04 or 10/04), Spurs visit Southampton (09/03) and title rivals Liverpool (31/03), as well as hosting Brighton (07/04) in the Premier League.

Dortmund‘s domestic title tilt continues with matches against Stuttgart, Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg before a trip to Bayern (06/04) looms large in the calendar.

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