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Spurs 1-2 Dortmund: BVB Ease to the Quarterfinals

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Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed the deal for Borussia Dortmund, who eased into the Europa League quarterfinals.

The players celebrate advancing to the quarterfinals
The players celebrate advancing to the quarterfinals
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After trouncing Spurs in the first leg by a 3-0 scoreline, Dortmund did not have much to do in the second leg to secure their spot in the quarterfinals. Thomas Tuchel's line-up was a defensive one, with Mats Hummels, an attacking center back, getting some rest, which saw Neven Subotic return to the line-up. Matthias Ginter got a start at right back, while Lukasz Piszczek started on the winger, higher up the pitch.

Spurs played another highly rotated team, with Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Mousa Dembele all getting a rest. Eric Dier started in defensive midfield along with Ryan Mason, who got torn apart in the first leg in his partnership with Tom Carroll.

Dortmund's defensive set-up proved effective, with Spurs having the majority of possession throughout the game. Aubameyang scored a beautiful goal from outside of the box, giving Dortmund a crucial early lead and an almost guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals. Aubameyang had a couple more good chances, but has been out of form when it comes to finishing easy chances, despite his beautiful finish earlier in the game.

Spurs failed to create any real chances for themselves throughout the game, but Dortmund was able to grab a second goal via a deadly counter-attack. Henrikh Mkhitaryan played a good ball to Aubameyang who was in on goal, and finally finished an easy chance. It was the Gabonese's 35th goal in all competitions, and Mkhitaryan's 23rd assist in all competitions.

Neven Subotic prevented Dortmund from earning another clean sheet, as Heung Min Son jumped on a underhit backless to Weidenfeller, and rounded the keeper and scored. Spurs did not have any other clear cut chances, making the goal feel very unnecessary, leaving Dortmund disappointed they did not keep a clean sheet.

It was an uneventful game, which saw Mkhitaryan, Reus, and Sokratis all come off relatively early in the second half to get some rest before the Augsburg game and the international break. The Europa League draw will occur around 7am eastern time, so when you wake up and see we've drawn Liverpool, go back to sleep and dream about how awesome and awful that would be at the same time.