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Harry Kane gets two in Spurs win

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 9:21 AM

LONDON, England (AP):

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham opened their Champions League campaign by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 yesterday, overwhelming last season's quarter-finalists with a formidable attacking display.

It gave Tottenham only their third victory in 13 matches in a decade at Wembley Stadium, which is the north London club's temporary home for the season while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.

"I hope it stops the talk about a hoodoo (at Wembley)," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

Tottenham only won once at Wembley last season in the group stage against CSKA Moscow when their hopes of advancing were already over. But Kane's double after Son Heung-min's opener will give Tottenham hope they can progress this season from one of the toughest groups.

 

Ten-man victors

 

The only setback for Tottenham was finishing with 10 men after Jan Vertonghen was dismissed after a challenge for catching Mario Goetze in the face with a swinging arm. A ban could follow for the centre back.

But to start rectifying a wretched record at Wembley required something special quickly. For Son, that was scoring Tottenham's quickest goal in a Champions League game after four minutes.

Kane released Son to attack down the left flank and the South Korean, filling in for the suspended Dele Alli, wove past captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos before beating goalkeeper Roman Buerki at his near post.

The lead only lasted seven minutes.

Andriy Yarmolenko played a one-two with Shinji Kagawa before curling in the equaliser on his full debut after being signed to replace Ousmane Dembele, who was sold to Barcelona last month.

All that good work counted for nothing when Tottenham restored theirs lead in the 15th minute.

Once again Dortmund were carved apart down the left flank. Once again Buerki was beaten at his near post. Kane picked up possession around the halfway line and headed the ball over Omer Toprak before striking in the net.

"For me without doubt he's one of the best strikers in the world," Pochettino said.

Other results: FC Porto 1 Besiktas 3; Feyenoord 0 Manchester City 4; Liverpool 2 Sevilla 2; Maribor 1 Spartak Moscow 1; RB Leipzig 1 Monaco 1; Real Madrid 3 APOEL 0; Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Napoli 1.