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Kane never lost faith as Spurs battle back to secure top spot in the group

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By Tom Allnutt

Tottenham striker Harry Kane always felt Tottenham could get back into the game as they came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 and finish top of Group H.

Spurs fell behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half strike but Kane equalised with his sixth goal of the tournament before a brilliant bit of Dele Alli trickery set up Son Heung-min to seal the victory.

Kane said: "It's a tough place to come and to come from behind and win, so it's a fantastic night.

"It was a big goal. Being 1-0 down here it always was going to be tough but we knew there was always going to be chances and if we could just take one then we'd be right in the game, and we thought we could go on and win it.

"It was a good ball from Dele and I just got it out of my feet and through the defender's legs and was delighted to see it go in.

"And what a finish by Sonny (Son Heung-min) for the second goal. Fantastic."

Spurs captain Hugo Lloris was glad to see the club respond positively to weekend defeat to Arsenal and added: "It was important to bounce back after the defeat in the derby and now it's important to refresh your mind and be ready because the next few games will be very important for us in the league and we need to make sure we get the points in the league."

When Tottenham last visited the bouncing Westfalenstadion, they were the underdogs in a Europa League tie they took little interest in and the German outfit ended up winning 5-1 on aggregate.

Now, Spurs head into the Champions League knock-out stages having not only brushed aside Dortmund home and away, but also Madrid. They will be a dark horse when the draw is made next month.

Pochettino had suggested some players would be rested but he picked a strong line-up that included Kane and Alli, both recently injured, as well as Danny Rose, whose future was again thrown into doubt after he was not even on the bench for Saturday's north London derby.

Son skipped in behind early on but dwelt too long on the finish before an ever better chance fell to Aubameyang. The striker, played onside by Rose, had only Hugo Lloris to beat but scuffed wide.

After an even start, Tottenham lost their way and in the 31st minute, Aubameyang struck. Andriy Yarmolenko's backheel allowed him again to bear down on Lloris and this time he made no mistake.

Spurs twice went close before half-time as Christian Eriksen's shot was blocked after an excellent Rose cutback and then, from the resulting corner, Eric Dier's header was brilliantly kept out by Roman Burki.

Dortmund still just about deserved their lead at the break but Tottenham carried their momentum into the second half and within four minutes had an equaliser.

It was only half a chance but that was all Kane needed. He shifted the ball out of his feet on the edge of the area and guided it inside the post for his 16th goal in 14 club games this season.

From there it was all Spurs, Eriksen, Alli and the busy Harry Winks controlling possession and restricting Dortmund to the occasional foray on the break.

The hosts looked on course for a draw but, 14 minutes from time, Alli danced between two defenders out wide, drove into the box and laid on Son. He took one touch before planting it in the top corner.

Eriksen should have made it three with a header and substitute Fernando Llorente spurned a one-on-one with a heavy touch. It mattered little and, after the final whistle, Rose made a point of going over to applaud his jubilant fans.

DORTMUND: Burki (Weidenfeller, 90 mins), Toljan, Bartra, Zagadou (Toprak, 78 mins), Schmelzer, Kagawa (Castro, 66 mins), Weigl, Gotze, Yarmolenko, Aubameyang, Guerreiro. Unused subs: Sahin, Dahoud, Philipp, Schurrle.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sanchez, Alli (Dembele, 81 mins), Eriksen (Sissoko, 85 mins), Son, Kane (Llorente, 86 mins). Unused subs: Vorm, Trippier, Foyth, Davies.

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