Tottenham player ratings: New faces fail to impress as Spurs are well beaten in Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund comfortably beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Europa League on Thursday.

Tottenham succumbed to a Borussia Dortmund masterclass at the Westfalenstadion on Thursday, going down 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

With the fixtures piling up, Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino rotated heavily for the trip to Germany, recalling full-backs Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies, as well midfielders Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Josh Onomah and Son Heung-min.

But on this form, Dortmund, who are the favourites to win this season's competition, would have probably beaten the Lilywhites regardless of the team put out, and it came as little surprise when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the hosts a 30th-minute lead - heading in what was his 33rd goal of the campaign.

Spurs were perhaps unlucky not to have been awarded penalties at both ends of the second-half, but even so they could have few complaints about the final scoreline, which was extended to three by two clinical Marco Reus finishes.

Here's how the visitors scored individually: 

Hugo Lloris 6/10 - Needed a strong hand to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan's early effort, from which Aubameyang's follow-up was correctly ruled out for offside. But could do little with any of the three goals.

Kieran Trippier 5/10 - Wasn't close enough to Reus for the second goal and was all at sea for the third, ultimately playing the same player onside.

Toby Alderweireld 7/10 - Spurs' one-man wall in the first half, blocking Gonzalo Castro's shot and then robbing Erik Durm as the winger bore down on goal. Was let down by those around him.

Kevin Wimmer 5/10 - Was stood waiting as the cross for the opener came in, leaving Davies to compete with Aubameyang at the far post, then allowed Mats Hummels to flick on for Reus' first goal, unchallenged, having appeared to change his mind about competing.

Ben Davies 5/10 - Left to mark Aubameyang for the opener and was predictably out-jumped. Found Durm a handful.

Ryan Mason 5/10 - Failed to strike a balance with Carroll and as such found himself easily overrun by Dortmund midfielders Castro and Julian Weigl.

Tom Carroll 5/10 - See Mason. He was fortunate to only see yellow for high foot in the first half, catching Marcel Schmelzer on the cheek.

Josh Onomah 5/10 - Gave Spurs an option down to begin with down the right, but saw little of the ball once Dortmund got into their groove. Could have helped out Trippier a little more.

Son Heung-min 6/10 - Saw precious little of the ball, though arguably should have had a penalty after halt-time with the score still 1-0.

Christian Eriksen 6/10 - Set up a half-chance for Son late in the first half, but opportunities to be creative were rare for the Dane.

Nacer Chadli 5/10 - Completely isolated as Spurs' central striker. May as well have been Nasser Hussain up front.


Mousa Dembele (for Chadli, 58) 6/10 - Perhaps the player Spurs missed the most, although the damage was mostly done by the time of his introduction.

Erik Lamela (for Eriksen 65) 6/10 - Added a bit of life to Spurs' attack but the damage was all but done.

Harry Kane (for Son 76) 6/10 - Brought on to nick a goal back but found opportunities few and far between. His omission was widely criticised but in truth it is unlikely that he'd have made any more impact than Chadli.

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