Champions League 2019 : The 2019 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 will be the final match of the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, the 64th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 27th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs’ Cup to the UEFA Champions League.
He was given just one sight of goal on an evening largely spent chasing defenders and holding possession as long as he could, but when the time came for Harry Kane to do the thing he does best of all, Tottenham Hotspur’s great goalscorer never looked like missing.
And so it was that a potentially difficult European second leg was decided, a once-hopeful home crowd persuaded to drift home, and Spurs cruised through into just the third quarter-finals of their history in this competition. Borussia Dortmund had tried everything in the first half, and there was no question they whipped up a storm of attacks that had Spurs rattled at times, but they did not have a finisher of the quality of the man at Mauricio Pochettino’s disposal.
When finally the moment came for Kane, running on to a pass from Moussa Sissoko four minutes after half-time, there was scarcely any doubt that he would score. This had been a game in which Dortmund had launched everything at reducing the three-goal deficit from Wembley, and without Hugo Lloris’s accomplished 100th clean sheet for the club they would have got much closer. When Spurs’ best chance fell at Kane’s feet, however, it felt like a certainty.
He became Spurs’ all-time top European goalscorer with his 24th goal at the age of 25, and in doing so ended the three-game run without a win for Pochettino. In making the last eight of Europe’s leading competition, his Spurs team follow the side of 1961-1962 who made the semi-finals of the European Cup and Harry Redknapp’s Champions League quarter-finalists of 2010-2011. They had to fight for it in the first half but, by the end, they had shut out the Bundesliga leaders home and away.
For that much credit goes to Jan Vertonghen as well as Lloris, the two of them exceptional. After two defeats and a draw in the league since the first leg, Pochettino was relieved at the way his side absorbed the pressure applied by Dortmund before the break. He switched the formation in the first half, asking Son Heung-min to leave Kane on his own in attack and play in the inside left channel, as Spurs lined up 10 men behind the ball.