Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1-2 (5) Borussia Dortmund: All too easy as Aubameyang guides the Germans through

A brace from the Gabon international helped the visitors round off an easy win on aggregate.

Tottenham Hotspur (1) 1-2 (5) Borussia Dortmund: All too easy as Aubameyang guides the Germans through
Dortmund had plenty to celebrate on Thursday night. (Photo: Sky Sports)
Tottenham Hotspur
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Borussia Dortmund
Tottenham Hotspur: (4-2-3-1): Loris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies (Rose 13'); Dier, Mason; Lamela (Onomah 74'), Alli (Carroll 70'), Son; Chadli.
Borussia Dortmund: (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Sokratis (Durm 54'), Schmelzer; Ginter, Weigl; Mkhitaryan (Kagawa 72'), Castro, Reus (Pulisic 60'); Aubameyang.
SCORE: 0-1, Aubameyang 24'. 0-2, Aubameyang 71'. 1-2, Son 74'.
REFEREE: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA). Booked: Lamela 27', Castro 65', Alderweireld 79'.
INCIDENTS: Second leg of the UEFA Europa League last 16 tie between Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) and Borussia Dortmund (GER). The match was played at White Hart Lane, London.

With the tie all but over after a thrashing in the first leg, Tottenham Hotspur were out to salvage some pride at White Hart Lane on Thursday, but Borussia Dortmund weren't going to let them do that as they ran out narrow 2-1 winners on the night.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock on the night in splendid fashion, with his 25 yard strike dipping and curling past the helpless Hugo Lloris to put the tie well and truly to bed - if it wasn't already - on 24 minutes.

He doubled his lead in the second half, with the game becoming a lacklustre affair as the importance of it's result decreased. Heung-Min Son at least registered a consolation for Spurs, but it was nothing more than that as the Bundesliga side brushed their Premier League opponents off with ease.

Dortmund not done

If Dortmund had any fear that Spurs were going to come all out with a full-blooded attack in this second leg, those fears vanished within minutes of kick-off.

Similarly, if Spurs had any fear that Dortmund would not settle for their 3-0 lead on aggregate, and were going to continue to pile the pressure on their defence, then those fears were maintained at the same time.

The unsuspecting viewer would have thought it was Dortmund looking to narrow a deficit and Spurs comfortably protecting one early on, as the hosts sat back and calmly kept the ball whilst the visitors pressed high and looked to create chances.

Overall though, the early stages summed up just why it was the Germans who had banged in three goals last week, not their English opponents.

Their three goal advantage on aggregate grew to four at the midway point of the first half too, with their ambition in the game epitomised by the deadlock-breaker as Aubameyang smashed in his eighth in the competition from 25 yards.

The Gabon international should have had another less than five minutes later too as he raced past a sleeping Spurs defence, but he lost his footing at the crucial moment.

It was another night in which Aubameyang was the star. (Photo: UEFA)
It was another night in which Aubameyang was the star. (Photo: UEFA)

Hosts take it up a gear, but nothing more

Spurs cautiously probed away, looking for a way back into the game, but were unable to find many openings in a well organised and high pressing Dortmund side.

The one chance they did get in the first half came right before the break, but Son was unable to make the most of it as he scuffed his shot wide after a lovely through ball from Erik Lamela

The visitors could have doubled their lead just as easily though as they burst down the other end in stoppage time with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, only for the Armenian to see his effort well defended at the last second by Toby Alderweireld.

Chances come and go as the visitors ease through

The second period was a lot cagier. Spurs kept trying to pick out Son to work some magic, but the South Korean wasn't on top form as his first touch continued to let him down.

Even Dortmund's main men were misfiring though, with Aubameyang slicing a good chance well wide at the other end as a game well and truly over started to fade out.

The prolific forward would round off an emphatic victory with his 35th goal of the season though, teed up nicely to finish by Mkhitaryan on 71 minutes to take it to five on aggregate.

Son at least got Spurs on the board when he capitalised on a poor backpass from Neven Subotic minutes later, slotting home into an empty goal, but it was merely a consolation in a tie that saw the North London side brushed aside.

Gonzalo Castro and Shinji Kagawa blazed chances over the bar in the closing stages respectively, but it didn't matter in the end as Dortmund comfortably paved their way into the last eight of the Europa League.