OPPONENTS Borussia Dortmund  (Germany)
COMPETITION Europa League  Round of 16  First leg
DATE Thursday 10th March 2016
VENUE Signal Iduna Park
PREVIEW No preview produced.
PREDICTION Borussia Dortmund    2         Tottenham Hotspur    1

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Borussia Dortmund  3 (1)                                                                       
Europa League  Round of 16 First leg
Thursday 10th March 2016
Signal Iduna Park
Tottenham Hotspur  0 (0)

Kick off 18:05
Aubameyang  29m 45s
Reus  60m 15s
Reus  69m 30s



Carroll   (foul on Schmelzer)  35
Lamela (foul on Weigl)  67  


Crowd :   , Weather :  Mild
Referee :  Cuneyt Cakir (TUR) Assistant Referees :  Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official :  Çem Satman (TUR) Additional Assistant Referees : Hüseyin Göçek, Barış Şimşek (TUR)
UEFA Delegate :  Ainar Leppänen (EST) UEFA Referee Observer : Vladimir Antonov (MOL)
Spurs kicked off and played towards the South Stand ("Yellow Wall") end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 9 minutes.
Borussia Dortmund : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit

26  Lukasz PISZCZEK
29  Marcel SCHMELZER
  Sven BENDER  (  4  Neven SUBOTIC 58)
15  Mats HUMMELS (c)

37  Erik DURM
27  Gonzalo CASTRO
33  Julian WEIGL

11  Marco REUS      (23  Shinji KAGAWA  82)

17  Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG    (20  Adrian RAMOS  82)

Unused subs: 
38  Roman BURKI
14  Moritz LEITNER
18  Nuri SAHIN
28  Matthias GINTER


    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
27  Kevin WIMMER 
33  Ben DAVIES

  8  Ryan MASON
28  Tom CARROLL     

25  Josh ONOMAH
23  Christian ERIKSEN  (11  Erik LAMELA  65     )
  7  Heung-Min SON  (10  Harry KANE  79)

22  Nacer CHADLI  (19  Mousa DEMBELE  56)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
  6  Nabil BENTALEB


Manager :  Thomas Tuchel Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :   Evonik Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  Puma Kit Supplier :   Under Armour
Match report

A much reduced Tottenham side was put out to face Borussia Dortmund, who fielded a strong starting XI and the home side ran out easy 3-0 winners, with a performance that could have reaped a more convincing winning margin.

Mauricio Pochettino had fielded a side that had seven changes form Saturday's Premier League game with Arsenal, but it proved a rotation too much and left Spurs with their heads spinning by Dortmund's profession performance that ensured wave after wave of attacks rained down on Hugo Lloris' goal.  Only some slack finishing and some stalwart defending kept the end result down to three.

While Spurs had the first shot of the half with Eriksen unable to find enough space past Wiedenfeller and the keeper saved the Dane's shot from 20 yards quite simply. That was as good as it got for the first 45 minutes, as soon Dortmund got the taste for holding the ball and Spurs uncharacteristically kept giving it away. Perhaps not surprising, as the team lacked an out ball and the play kept coming back.

Aubameyang should have done better when slid in by Mkhitaryan and he guided the ball past Hugo Lloris, but wide of the goal and then Durm did the same when one-on-one with the keeper. Carroll's jump did just enough to put off the Dortmund and Gabon striker, who hit a volley just over Lloris' bar, but when a cross came in on the half hour, Aubameyang isolated Ben Davies and rose above him to plant a header low down to Lloris' left bottom corner as the keeper couldn't react. Before the goal, Lloris had been forced to make a good reaction save when Weigl drilled in a shot from outside the box and it dropped to Aubameyang, who tucked it away, but he had been offside when the first shot came in.

Into the second half, Son looked to break into the box, but had Sven Bender close to him and it looked a little too close, as the Korean went down and the defender hadn't touched the ball. The assistant referee behind the goal couldn't see it and it was right in front of him !!

Aubameyang almost nicked another by dinking a through ball over Lloris, but the ball was going wide until Castro go on the end of it, to hit a shot from a narrow angle a yard out. Unfortunately for him, the ball hit the outside of the post and bounced out. Spurs had Wimmer back on the line anyway, but it was a let off.  With play too loose, Spurs allowed the home team to spray the ball around and when they won a corner on the hour. When it was played short and crossed in, it was flicked on in the middle by Subotic to the far post, where Reus volleyed past Lloris at his post from a tight angle to make it 2-0.

Ten minutes later the home team made it three when a chipped ball through by Weigl to Reus ten yards out and Wimmer's desperate attempt to connect with the ball missed, leaving the midfielder to guide his shot past Lloris and put the game out of Tottenham's reach.

Son almost got Tottenham back into it when he went past a couple of players in their box and created a shooting opportunity, but his left foot shot was weak and easily saved. Kane soon replaced him as Pochettino looked for an away goal to salvage something from the tie, but only a free-kick from substitute Erik Lamela threatened. It was too high for Alderweireld and the keeper had it covered. Onomah ran at the Borussia defence and looked like he was fouled right on the edge of the box, but the referee said the defender won the ball. When Josh got the ball with a few minutes left, he had the chance to put Kane through, but his over-hit pass allowed the goalie to come out and clear.

Mkhitaryan almost got a fourth, but after finding space in the box to the left of the goal, he hit a weak shot that dribbled way past Lloris' left hand post. When Spurs went forward, Alderweireld's run allowed space for Trippier on the right, but his cross went harmlessly out of play.

The Tottenham players were probably pleased to hear the final whistle and whilst Spurs had been out-done on the field, the fans had often made themselves heard above the orchestrated chanting of the famous "Yellow Wall" at the other end.  The atmosphere was good, but it did not match up to the hyped reports about the fans at the stadium and I can only echo Wyart Lane's comments about the pre-season trip to Bayern Munich.

Starting in the line-up, Josh Onomah was a surprise inclusion, but he did a decent job, making some good runs and holding onto the ball well. The main problem came in front of the back four, where Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll failed to provide the barrier to the defence that Dembele and Dier often do. That both exposed the back four and removed the link in playing the ball out from the back. It allowed Dortmund to attack at will and heaped pressure on the defence. It hardly surprising that they cracked and suffered the heaviest defeat of the season, but it wasn't the strongest XI and while that line-up might play at the Lane, trying to claw back this deficit will be more than a challenge.

Purcell Cole




Borussia Dortmund  took their name from the Leigh Francis series about his cynical  take on Russian celebrity to dubbed into German called "Bo Russia Selecta".


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What you thought
Stan Chun I agree with you, that it was a mistake to play Mason and Carroll in front of the back four, but Poch hasn't got it wrong very often this season and without Dier and Alli, it shows how important they both are to the side, despite their tender years.  There are also vital league games coming up, so the temptation to rotate the team to allow recovery time for important players must have been in Mauricio's mind too.

It's been a good run and with the players still up for it, let's give it all until the end of the season and see what that will bring !!

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Other scores in the Round of 16 First legs :
Athletic Bilbao (SPA) 1 Valencia (SPA) 0 Thursday
FC Basel (SWI) 0 Sevilla (SPA) 0 Thursday
Fenerbahce (TUR) 1 Sporting Braga (POR) 0 Tuesday
Manchester United 2 Liverpool 0 Thursday
Shakthar Donetsk (UKR) 3 Anderlecht (BEL) 1 Thursday
Villarreal (SPA) 2 Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 0 Thursday
Sparta Prague (CZE) 1 SS Lazio (ITA) 1 Thursday


* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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