Marco Reus scored twice and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang formerly in Borussia Dortmunds 3-0 first leg victory over Tottenham in the Europa League last-place 16
So much for the theory that this would be a darknes when Tottenham Hotspur would appraise themselves against one of the top units in European football.
Mauricio Pochettino may as well have waved a white flag from the moment he handed in the team-sheet as Borussia Dortmund beset the Premier League club to such an extent that the second leg at White Hart Lane has already been rendered irrelevant.
Evasive about where his priorities lay on the eve of video games, Pochettino made it clear that it is the Premier League title or nothing for Spurs this season when he choose to reputation a severely diluted crew. There were seven changes from the side that gleaned against Arsenal on Saturday exclusively the expelled Dele Alli was implemented and Dortmund were not in the mood to take it easy-going on a callow Spurs team.
The home side were exhilarating to watch and testified why there is such exhilaration in these proportions about the way Thomas Tuchel has re-energised Dortmund since replacing Jrgen Klopp. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was outstanding up front and took his tally for the season to 33 points in 38 appearances, the wonderfully endowed Henrikh Mkhitaryan ran the game from midfield and Marco Reus tallied twice.
Reuss second was a moment of knockout and spotlit the rift in class.
Dortmund embroiled from one dissolve of the pitch to other, completing 21 extends before the projectile arrived at the hoofs of the Germany international. Evidencing exquisite technique, Reus clipped Gonzalo Castros dinked pass on the half-volley beyond Hugo Lloris and Dortmund were on their route to the quarter-finals. The cause felt like vindication for Tuchel, who had realise only two changes from the side that depicted with Bayern Munich on Saturday, and left Pochettino with many questions to answer.
Spurs were simply unable to stop the yellow-bellied and pitch-black tide. Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason were overrun in center midfield and it was a huge occasion to give 18 -year-old Joshua Onomah his fourth start. By the time Harry Kane was established 14 hours from era the game was up for Spurs and it was tempting to wonder what was going through the mindset of their jaunting fans.
Aubameyangs opening goal had been coming and the only astonish was that we had to wait until the 30 th instant for the breakthrough. Dortmund were in total limit, moving the dance with supreme confidence and carving Spurs open with their slick, incisive passing.
The early luck that Christian Eriksen embroiled into the arms of Roman Weidenfeller, with merely 38 seconds on the clock, was no sign of things to come as Tuchels side tightened their control on the game and began to go through their gears, targeting the seat that opened up on the flanks. Ben Davies, the Spurs left-back, was horribly disclosed at times and Kieran Trippier, the right-back, too had his labor cut out as Dortmund raided the wide areas.
Aubameyang thought he had “re opening the” scoring in the 14 th time, where reference is pounced on the loose projectile after Lloris parried a wonderful 25 -yard shot from Mkhitaryan, but the auxiliary referees flag saved Spurs on that moment. There was no relief, however, for the visitors later in the half.
Marcel Schmelzer picked up possession wide-cut on the Dortmund left and his measured cross was met by a exquisite downward header from Aubameyang.
Climbing above Davies, the Gabonese handed Lloris no chance from eight gardens as he nodded flatly into the bottom corner.
It was not the first time those two musicians combined. Earlier in the evening Aubameyang flicked a lovely ball out broad to Schmelzer with the outside of his left boot before sprinting into the locality to assembled the wingers cross with a close-range attack that skipped the ceiling of the net.
Spurs were living dangerously whenever Dortmund assaulted. Aubameyang, showing that there is more to his play than purposes, exhausted Erik Durm with a neat through ball in the seventh instant but the Dortmund midfielder, with exclusively Lloris to beat, dragged a low-toned shooting wide of the far upright.
If the interval Spurs with some relief, “there werent” let-up after the restart and only the woodwork disavowed Dortmund a second. Mkhitaryan, with yet another exalted pass, specified Aubameyang free inside the Spurs area.
Whether it was a shot or a cross it gazed more like the former the ball slid across the area and arrived at the feet of Castro, who impressed the outside of the berth with the inclination against him.
Yet Dortmund did not have to wait long for their second. A short-corner routine attended Castro whip in a cross that Neven Subotic, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, flicked on and there was Reus, phantom in at the far pole, to volley powerfully into the ceiling of the net. The excellent, nonetheless, was still to come, with Reus exercising the coup de grace with his fascinating finish.