OPPONENTS Borussia Dortmund
COMPETITION Europa League  Round of 16 Second leg
DATE Thursday 17th March 2015
VENUE White Hart Lane
PREVIEW No preview produced..
PREDICTION Tottenham Hotspur    1         Borussia Dortmund    1

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Tottenham Hotspur  1 (0)                                                                   Borussia Dortmund  2 (1)
(Lost 1-5 on agg)

Europa League  Round of 16 Second leg
Thursday 17th March 2015                                                                                                             Kick off 18:05
White Hart Lane
Son  72m 55s Aubameyang  23m 01s
Aubameyang  70m 05s
Lamela  (foul on Schmelzer)  27
Alderweireld  (foul on Kagawa)  79


Castro  (foul on Lamela)  65  


Crowd :   34,593 Weather :  Chilly, dry
Referee :  Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Assistant Referees :  Elenito Di Libertore; Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official :  Andrea Padovan (ITA) Additional Assistant Referees :  Luca Banti; Antonio Damato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate :  Charles Schaack (LUX) UEFA Referee Observer :  Kaj Natri (FIN)
Borussia Dortmund kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 5 minutes.
Tottenham Hotspur : kit Borussia Dortmund : kit
  1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

16  Kieran TRIPPIER
27  Kevin WIMMER 
  4  Toby ALDERWEIRELD     
33  Ben DAVIES  (  3  Danny ROSE  13)

  8  Ryan MASON
15  Eric DIER

20  Dele ALLI  (28  Tom CARROLL  70)
11  Erik LAMELA  65       (25  Josh ONOMAH  74)
  7  Heung-Min SON 

22  Nacer CHADLI  (19  Mousa DEMBELE  56)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
10  Harry KANE


26  Lukasz PISZCZEK
  4  Neven SUBOTIC
28  Matthias GINTER

29  Marcel SCHMELZER

  6  Sokratis PAPASTATHOPOULOS  (37  Erik DURM 54)
27  Gonzalo CASTRO     
33  Julian WEIGL

11  Marco REUS (c)  (22  PULISIS 82)
17  Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG   
  Henrikh MKHITARYAN (23  Shinji KAGAWA  72)

Unused subs: 
38  Roman BURKI
18  Nuri SAHIN

20  Adrian RAMOS

15  Mats HUMMELS

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

This Europa League game was either going to be a massive turnaround and one of the best nights in our European history ... or a complete washout.  It turned out to be the latter, with Spurs unable to break down Borussia Dortmund, 3-0 up form the first leg and not that intent on going all out to put the tie beyond us.  As it was a gifted goal to Aubameyang and then a goal from the gifted Aubameyang put the tie way out of Tottenham's reach, before Son was gifted a meagre consolation goal in return, but the 5-1 aggregate total left Spurs out of Europe and with only the Premier League to concentrate on.  Which may be a blessing.

The decision in Germany to leave out Kane, Dembele and Dier brought scorn from many pundits, but Mauricio Pochettino was steadfast in his team selection, leaving Kane on the bench, Dembele out altogether and Christian Eriksen joining him.  The latter two were said to have picked up knocks at Aston Villa on Sunday, but the other changes were just Poch ringing the usual changes.  Unfortunately, they continued just six minutes into the match when Hugo Lloris came out to claim a ball into the box and Ben Davies was laid out unconscious by the keeper.  He bravely tried to carry on, but had to leave the field on 13 minutes, with Danny Rose coming on in his place.

Dortmund were knocking the ball about without any real conviction, but enough to keep Spurs at bay.  They made an opening just after the substitution, when they attacked down our right and Schmelzer played the ball in to Mkhitaryan, who set up Rues with a back-heel, only for the Dortmund captain to find the side-netting from close range.  Spurs were working the ball around, with Wimmer finding Trippier in space on the right.  The fill back's cross in forced Papastathopoulos to head the ball out for a corner and from that, Lamela's ball in found Eric Dier losing his man at the near post, but, as at the other end, his header hit the side netting.

From the goal kick, the ball was worked up to the Spurs end and they found themselves a goal behind.  Dortmund were fortunate to be given the ball when Spurs tried to work the ball out from the back and Lamela's pass was intercepted on our right side and with it deflected to Abuameyang, who took it a stride forward before unleashing a fierce drive from 25 yards that flew past Lloris' outstretched dive to his left to find the net.  It was a clinical finish, although it might have taken a slight deflection off Trippier's thigh and in a game that was to have few shots on target, it was all about making them count.  This did and we then had to count on Tottenham scoring five times against a side who are parsimonious at the back.

The forward almost made it two a couple of minutes later, when Wimmer fell in trying to clear and it left Abuameyang with a clear run at goal, but Toby Alderweireld made a fantastic covering tackle.  He also won the next loose ball and then performed a double drag back to turn away from a Dortmund player who thought he could win the ball off the Belgian.  The Spurs central defender almost made an impact at the other end and with a better connection to Lamela's free-kick, it might have been interesting to see how the game went, had it gone in.  Toby once more denied Aubameyang with a touch on a shot that diverted the ball wide, before Spurs opened up the Dortmund defence, as Lamela played the ball through for Son to run onto and from the 18 yard line on the right hand side, he shot, but the ball went wide of the opposite upright.  Mason had a volley, which he hit into the ground when it was cleared to him from a free-kick, but it was headed away before it got to the goal.  It looked a costly miss, when Aubameyang went into a challenge with Wimmer and the Spurs defender was off balance to clear, leaving Mkhitaryan a run on goal.  Once again, Spurs were grateful to Alderweireld, who produced a Ledley King type tackle to block the shot from close range for a corner, with Lloris once more exposed.

Half time came with a lack of guests to take our mind off the controlled Dortmund performance that would have ensured their progress.  It was just a question of how Spurs might try to salvage some of their reputation from the game.

The second half was started with a quiet period, with neither side getting their passing right.  Trippier's dinked pass over the defence to Son was a prime example, with the striker finding it hard to control as it came over his shoulder and it skipped through to the keeper.  Kieran did well at the other end, where he stuck to Abuameyang when Mkhitaryan laid a volleyed pass into his path, but the full back's attention put him off his shot and he blazed his left foot shot way high and wide.  Pulisic came on for Reus as Dortmund looked to rest players and a flashpoint then ensued, when Dier won the ball cleanly from Mkhitaryan, but the Borussia midfielder stayed on the floor holding his leg.  Castro felt that Erik Lamela should put the ball out, but it wasn't a head injury and the referee allowed play to continue, so Castro hacked Lamela down with a vicious kick from behind.  The referee showed him a yellow card, as he ranted at Erik and then the officials, but he could easily have seen red, as it was a petulant foul that was pre-determined and potentially injury causing.

Rose and Son worked a chance for Chadli, but his shot was blocked before Dortmund went 5-0 up.  A simple passing move from a central position, with Mkhitaryan laying it to the right, where Abuameyang was in the clear running into the box and he powered a shot at goal from ten yards out that Hugo got a hand to but couldn't keep out.  It was the final nail in the coffin and not anything more than the German outfit deserved, as they had played well with the ball and worked hard to close down any Spurs player who was on the ball.  It made playing the ball out from the back difficult and also stifled our normal attacking game.

Castro hit a shot that rose over the bar from 20 yards and Carroll shanked a shot across goal and well wide.  When Dortmund intercepted Son's pass, they broke with Aubameyang setting up Kagawa, but his finish form 10 yards out was shockingly wide. 

And that was about it for all the action.  Four shots on target from both sides, with Dortmund scoring two goals from three efforts, while Spurs were one from one.  As ever, Tottenham enjoyed the lion's share of the possession, but it is not about having the ball, but what you do with it.  The inability to break through the two ranks of four which quickly appeared between Tottenham and the goal every time Borussia lost the ball saw Spurs out-Spursed !!  It was what we have been doing to other teams.  While there were no really poor performances tonight, you felt Chadli might have been able to use his physique a bit more to threaten and as a side we failed to force their keeper to make a save all night.  Conversely, we saw Toby Alderweireld at his best and he stopped the result being embarrassing.  He has worked well with Wimmer at the back, but tonight, the movement and slick passing caught us out a few times ... and this probably wasn't Dortmund at their best.

The opposition were the hardest we could possibly have faced and I am sure they will go on to do well in this competition.  We might be facing them in the Champions League next season if all goes well between now and the end of the season, so this is what we have to aim for as the team progresses.  It was a lesson that may have been learned the hard way, but if it allows us to finish the last eight games of the Premier League season strongly and improves the side in the long term, it will be worth it.

Kirk Hammerton




Borussia Dortmund's huge fan support were attracted by a comment made by former Pink Floyd  bass guitarist Roger Waters, whose comment about the band's seminal concept album was mistaken and they all wanted to be "another brick in the Yellow Wall".


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Other scores in the Round of 16 First legs :
Valencia (SPA) 2 Athletic Bilbao (SPA)  (2-2 on agg; won on away goals) 1 Thursday
Sevilla (SPA)  (won 3-0 on agg) 3 FC Basel (SWI) 0 Thursday
Sporting Braga (POR)  (won 4-2 on agg) 4 Fenerbahce (TUR) 1 Tuesday
Liverpool  (won 3-1 on agg) 1 Manchester United 1 Thursday
Anderlecht (BEL) 0 Shakthar Donetsk (UKR)  (won 4-1 on agg) 1 Thursday
Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 0 Villarreal (SPA)  (won 2-0 on agg) 0 Thursday
SS Lazio (ITA) 0 Sparta Prague (CZE)  (won 4-1 on agg) 3 Thursday


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


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