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Published: 19:49 | 10/3/16

Dortmund outclass Spurs

Brilliant brace from Marco Reus seals a 3-0 win

Borussia Dortmund took total control of their Europa League last-16 tie against Tottenham with an impressive 3-0 first leg win in Germany.

Pierre-Emerick Aubaneyang opened the scoring after half an hour, before two goals in the second half from Marco Reus sealed a comfortable win for Dortmund as they all but sealed their place in the quarter-finals.

Spurs, wo made seven changes to their side from Saturday’s North London debry, started on the front foot and looked good in possession but they were almost undone when Dortmund clicked into gear for the first time after seven minutes.

Aubameyang collected the ball 25 yards from goal and slipped a pin-point pass into the path of Erik Durm but the winger dragged his shot just past the post.

This chance seemed to settle the hosts and they threatened again five minutes later when Durm clipped in a cross that was met by Aubameyang who whacked a volley inches over the top.

Dortmund were in full control of the game and they had the ball in the net after 14 minutes.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and hit a rasping strike that was brilliantly saved by Hugo Lloris. The rebound dropped to Aubameyang who tapped home, but the linesman correctly ruled the goal out for offside.

However, there was no reprieve for Spurs after half an hour when the red-hot striker opened the scoring.

Marcel Schmelzer whipped in a superb ball from the left that was met by Aubameyang who brilliantly guided a header past Lloris into the far corner to make it 1-0.

The home side just oozed confidence after the goal as they put Spurs under enormous pressure, but the visiting defence stood strong and went in just one down at the break.

The second half started much like the first finished with Dortmund in control and they almost doubled their advantage after six minutes of the half.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan split the Tottenham defence with a superb pass into the feet of Aubameyang, he controlled and crossed to Gonzalo Castro, but his low shot from a very tight angle came back off the base of the post.

Spurs briefly threatened when Son Hueng-Min looked to be tugged down inside the area by Sven Bender, but it was the home side who looked like scoring every time they attacked and they finally got a deserved second after an hour.

From a short corner, Neven Subotic headed into the path of Marco Reus who volleyed into the roof of the net from three yards to make it 2-0.

And it was game, and possibly tie, over ten minutes later when Rues made it three.

Again Aubameyang was involved as he easily skipped past two defenders and found Castro on the edge of the box.

The winger played a sublime first time pass into Rues who ended a 21-pass move by side-footing past Lloris to kill the game as a contest.

Spurs introduced Erik Lamela and Harry Kane as they chased the game, but, in truth, it was already over as a contest as Dortmund cruised to an easy 3-0 win.

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