The round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League continued on Wednesday with holders Real Madrid taking on Ajax while Tottenham played against Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid got goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio to win in Amsterdam 2-1, allowing the reigning champs to return to Spain with two huge away goals.
At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham was without two of its best players in Harry Kane and Dele Alli but still took care of Borussia Dortmund 3-0, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes.
Heung-min Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernanrdo Llorente were the scorers for Spurs. Here are three takeaways from Wednesday’s action.
Without Kane and Alli, Spurs have been able to still get results in the Premier League.
But UCL is a different animal, and against the leaders of the Bundesliga, it figured to be tricky.
Yet they made it look easy, scoring all three goals in the second half. Dortmund was coming off a blown 3-0 lead in league play against Hoffenheim, and the defense picked up where it left off.
Spurs had 15 shots, five of them on frame in a convincing performance.
Son’s opener came off a brilliant finish, with Vertonghen getting the assist.
Then it was the defender’s turn to score, sliding home to put away a lovely ball from Serge Aurier.
Without Kane and Alli, logic said it would be tough for this team be able to threaten consistently, but they did just that, producing a surprising scoreline that has them feeling good entering the second leg.
Real now joins Tottenham as the heavy favorites to move on to the quarterfinals after these well-deserved results from the first leg. The teams will meet again for their respective second legs on March 5