They did it, but it could hardly be called easy. Tottenham Hotspur went into the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night with a 3-0 lead over Dortmund in the Champions League, but with the understanding that things could change in a hurry. It was pretty scary for the whole of the first half with Dortmund keeping Spurs on their heels and pushing for a quick goal that could cause Tottenham to crumble.
But it never came. Spurs held on by their fingernails in the first half thanks to some outstanding defending, and Harry Kane scored early in the second half to give Spurs an unassailable 4-0 aggregate lead and a critical away goal. Tottenham advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in nearly a decade, winning 1-0.
It’s a weird game to analyze because the tie was basically over four minutes into the second half, but there are a few things we can take away from this match in Germany.