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Borussia Dortmund U-19s v Spurs U-19s, 21.11.17
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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        Champions Youth League, Group H, Match 5 
         BVB Training Centre, Brackel, Dortmund
            Tuesday 21st November 2017, 2pm

             DORTMUND      v     SPURS
          (Yellow/Black)      (All White)
              4-3-3             4-2-3-1

               1(1)               3(3)

Dortmund: Unbehaun; Bruun Larsen(C)(Schwermann 18), Killan, Pieper, Wanner(Missner 46); Osterhage, Aydinel, Kopacz; Ibrahim(Bulut 70), Kampetsis, Sancho

Unused Subs:- Hawryluk, Schell, Pena-Zauner, Baxmann

Scorer: Aydinel 30

Booked: Aydinel 90+1

Coach: Benjamin Hoffmann

Spurs: Austin; Eyoma(Hinds 84), Tanganga, Lyons-Forster, Brown; Marsh, Skipp; Edwards(C)(Roles 72), P. Maghoma, S. Shashoua(Bowden 89); Sterling

Unused Subs:- De Bie; Reynolds, Griffiths, Richards

Scorers: Shashoua 6, Brown 17, Sterling 43

Booked: Tanganga 89(Time), Austin 90+3(Time)

Coach: John McDermott

Referee: Sandro Scharer(SUI)
Assistants: Sladan Josipovic & Bekim Zogaj(SUI)
Fourth Official: Sven Waschitzki(GER)

Spurs travelled to Dortmund in second place behind the Germans who had won all three games since losing to Spurs 4-0 in the first round. Only the winners of the group are sure to go through to the knock out stage with the runners-up having to play another game in a play-off to go through. Dortmund had slipped to fourth in their league with a draw against Munster on Saturday while Spurs had mixed preparations with the U-23s losing to Chelsea and the U-18s beating Swansea at the weekend.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind Tanganga and Lyons-Forster with the return of both full backs, Eyoma on the right and Brown on the left. Skipp was joined by Marsh as defensive midfield while Maghoma was ahead of them flanked by Edwards on the right and Shashoua on the left in support of Sterling up front. The U-18s were well represented on the bench.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the South end and quickly got on top with good work from Shashoua who gave captain Bruun Larsen so much grief that he had to be replaced early. The first chance was set up by Shashoua for Maghoma to draw a save from Unbehaun. It was the little wideman who opened the scoring when he came inside to meet a pass from Edwards scoring low into the far corner.

With so much early pressure Skipp got forward to hit the crossbar from outside the area. The second goal came from the left side as Brown sent Shashoua down the wing and got into the area to score from the winger's pull back. Maghoma played through for Edwards who was not quick enough to take advantage.

Dortmund began to get into the game and scored when Aydinel hit a strong effort from the edge of the area. It looked as if Austin had it saved but he let it slip and in it went. Spurs could have regained their two goal lead when Edwards dribbled in from the left tempting the Dortmund defenders to tackle him which Schwermann did to concede a penalty. Edwards stepped up and hit it to his right but Unbehaun guessed right and saved. This raised the Germans' spirits and Kopacz drew a save from Austin before Sterling got Spurs third when played in by Shashoua just before half-time.

Dortmund made a change for the start of the second half as they sought to raise their game with Kopacz winning a corner from a save by Austin. Kopacz played in Kampetsis to fire wide and the striker also had an effort blocked before Spurs made a change as they looked to see out the game. Roles replaced Edwards in midfield and his first involvement was to play Sterling in to draw a save from the keeper.

When Unbehaun came out of his area to clear the ball it went to Maghoma who tried a lob from 25 yards. The retreating keeper just managed to tip the ball over. Tanganga had a header saved from a Roles corner before Kampetsis fired wide. Eyoma was replaced by Hinds as Spurs looked to run down the clock. The referee booked Tanganga for time-wasting as he prepared to take the free kick that allowed the substitution. Shashoua went off to be replaced by Bowden in the last minute of normal time and again the ref booked a Spurs player for time-wasting. This time it was Austin as he moved the ball from right to left for a goal kick. Before that the Dortmund scorer, Aydinel, was booked for a tackle from behind, but the game had been over for a long time before that.

The bright start by Spurs and the early loss of their leading goalscorer took the wind out of the Dortmund side which hardly troubled the visitors. They were not able to build on their fortunate goal and the penalty save allowing Spurs to dictate the game. The only blot was the referee booking players for time-wasting when the game had long since been over. Spurs still need a point from their last game at home to APOEL of Nicosia to be sure of topping the group and going into the last 16. Spurs failed to score against the Cypriots in Nicosia who defended in numbers but their luck cannot last another 90 minutes. If they do hold out then Dortmund can leapfrog Spurs by beating Madrid again.

Ray

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