Borussia Dortmund hold all the cards after comfortably beating Tottenham Hotspur FC 3-0 in their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg on Thursday.
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen registered the first effort on target in the opening minute, but it was one-way traffic from thereon in. Oozing confidence, Dortmund laid siege to the Tottenham goal, with Erik Durm sliding wide and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang volleying over. The offside flag came to the visitors' rescue as Aubameyang put away a loose ball following a stunning strike from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before BVB deservedly went ahead. Aubameyang supplied the finishing touch, the 2015 African Footballer of the Year meeting Marcel Schmelzer's measured cross with an unstoppable header.
Gonzalo Castro struck the right-hand post from the tightest of angles soon after the restart, but a second Dortmund goal was not long in coming. Tottenham were undone by a short-corner routine, allowing the unmarked Marco Reus to smash a flicked header from substitute Neven Subotic into the roof of the net. It got better still for BVB ten minutes later when Reus nonchalantly finished a slick passing move to give Thomas Tuchel's side a seemingly unassailable advantage ahead of next week's return leg at White Hart Lane.
Man of the match
There were a number of worthy Dortmund candidates, but Mkhitaryan just about shades it. The Armenian playmaker pulled the strings all night for the Ruhr district club, who are understandably one of the favourites to go all the way.
Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Bender (Subotic 57'), Hummels (c), Schmelzer - Weigl, Castro - Durm, Mkhitaryan, Reus (Ramos 82') - Aubameyang (Kagawa 82')
Tottenham: Lloris (c) - Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies - Carroll, Mason - Onomah, Son (Kane 76'), Eriksen (Lamela 65') - Chadli (Dembele 58')