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UCL: 10-man Spurs spanks Dortmund

Tottenham Hotspur appear to have laid their Wembley hoodoo to rest by picking up a well-earned 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener.
Son Heung-min and Harry Kane scored either side of a Andriy Yarmolenko strike in a lively opening 15 minutes to the Group H clash, before Kane bagged a second after the interval to seal things.
Dortmund have reason to be upset, though, as they were on top for large parts and had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside with the score at 2-1.
A second victory in 12 Wembley outings lifts the North London outfit joint-top of the Group H standings alongside Real Madrid, who were victorious at home to APOEL, but the win was soured somewhat by an unfortunate red shown to Jan Vertonghen late on.
Tottenham got the ball rolling with a goal from the first shot of the evening, with Son getting off the mark for the season by beating Roman Burki at his front post from a tight angle.
The visitors responded brilliantly, throwing plenty of bodies forward and getting their reward seven minutes later through a piece of individual magic from Yarmolenko, who marked his debut with an edge-of-the-box curler past Hugo Lloris.
Four minutes is all Spurs had to wait until they restored their lead, as once again Burki was somehow beaten at his front post by the power of Kane’s angled drive after the Englishman ran past a couple of opposition players.
Dortmund would go on to dominate the remainder of the first half, with Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen both producing big blocks to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in front of goal.
Kane had the ball in the net for a second time, well and truly putting his August misery to one side by tucking past Burki – his fourth Champions League goal.
Christian Eriksen and Kane both saw chances come and go to wrap things up in the final 15 minutes, the latter dragging wide via a small deflection, as Spurs saw things through for all three points despite the red awarded to Vertonghen in added time for his stray elbow on Mario Gotze.