Spurs qualify for their second ever UCL Quarter-Final

Champions League Reviews Man City & Lyon go through

Updated: 17/04/2024


Spurs took a three goal advantage to Signal Iduna Park and secured their place in the last eight, with a goal from Harry Kane.

Heung Min-Son, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente all scored in the opening game at Wembley three weeks ago.

Spurs have struggled in recent weeks in the Premier League suffering back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, before drawing 1-1 with North London rivals Arsenal last Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side put in an impressive display at Wembley in the first leg, meaning that Dortmund faced an uphill task, but not an impossible one.

The Bundesliga leaders started as you would have expected them too – fast and direct. Meanwhile, Spurs looked like they were feeling the occasion, and were misplacing five yard passes.

Jan Vertonghen made a vital challenge to stop Dortmund scoring early doors, after Marco Reus (below) pounced on Davinson Sanchez’s mistake.

Marco Reus

Dortmund were again knocking on the door, forcing Hugo Lloris into making a couple of splendid saves.

Heung Min-Son had the chance to repeat his heroics from the first leg, but he slotted his one-on-one chance wide of the post.

Lucky for the South Korean, Lloris was in fine form at the other end, producing brilliant saves to keep out Julian Weigl and Mario Gotze.

It was then Jadon Sancho’s turn to try and beat the Frenchman, but he couldn’t manage it either and the game remained goalless at the break.

Spurs managed to strike not long after the restart with a crucial goal from who else but Harry Kane (below), which left Borussia Dortmund facing a herculean task.

The German side didn’t threaten much after Kane’s goal, but Spurs controlled the second half brilliantly. A much-needed boost to that Spurs dressing room, that have been poor in recent weeks, domestically.

Spurs are 12/1 with Betfred to lift the trophy this season.

FT: Dortmund 0-1 Spurs (0-4 on aggregate)

Harry Kane

The Kids Are Alright

In the other tie this evening, Real Madrid welcomed Ajax to the Bernabeu after the Spanish giants won 2-1 in Amsterdam.

However, Ajax struck early at the Bernabeu through Hakim Ziyech to level things up on aggregate.

The Dutch side then made it 2-0 on the night through David Neres to stun the Bernabeu into silence. Real Madrid 2-0 down at home in a Champions League game after 18 minutes, who’d have thought it?

Ajax, who are 20/1 to win the Champions League, then made it 3-0 early on in the second half through former Southampton man, Dusan Tadic. Signed, sealed, delivered. 

The was VAR controversy, just like in the first leg, but the goal stood and Madrid looked as if they were heading for the exit. 

Marco Asensio grabbed a goal back for Los Blancos with about 20 minutes to go, but that was soon cancelled out with an absolute peach of a free-kick from Lasse Schone – it would be his final kick of the tie.

The referee blew the full-time whistle, and the reigning European champions and and winners of the last three European Cups were out – before the quarter-final stage.

End of an era.

FT: Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (3-5 on aggregate)

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