Borussia Dortmund bowed out of this season's UEFA Champions League after slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday.
Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Goals: 1-0 Aubameyang (31'), 1-1 Kane (49'), 1-2 Son (76')
Dortmund knew only a win would do if they were to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages, but they were patient in their approach play initially. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandered the first chance of the game when clean through on goal, but made no mistake in the 31st minute to fire BVB in front from Andrey Yarmolenko's delightful flick, giving the hosts a slender half-time lead.
Their advantage was cancelled out early in the second half, however, when Harry Kane drilled in a low shot from the edge of the penalty area. The evening unravelled further for Dortmund shortly afterwards when Dele Alli was allowed to beat two defenders on the left, before cutting inside and teeing up former Bayer Leverkusen forward Heung Min Son to score. Real Madrid's victory against APOEL Nicosia in the group's other game means BVB can no longer reach the knockout rounds, so they will have to battle for a spot in the Europa League on Matchday 6.
- Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in all competitions for Dortmund this season, including two in the Champions League.
- Dortmund have reached the knockout stages of the tournament in four of the last five seasons (as well as the Europa League quarter-finals in 2015/16).
- Pulisic became Dortmund’s youngest ever Champions League player when he featured in BVB’s 6-0 victory over Legia Warsaw on 14 September 2016 - four days before his 18th birthday.
- Bosz’s troops have only won once since September - against Magdeburg in the second round of the DFB Cup.
- Kane has scored 18 goals in his last 15 appearances for club and country.
Dortmund: Bürki (Weidenfeller 90+2') - Toljan, Zagadou (Toprak 78'), Bartra, Schmelzer (c) - Götze, Weigl, Guerreiro - Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Kagawa (Castro 66')
Coach: Peter Bosz
Tottenham: Lloris (c) – Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose - Dier, Winks, Eriksen (Sissoko 85') – Son, Kane (Llorente 86'), Alli (Dembele 81')
Coach: Mauricio Pochettino