Man of the Match Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved to be a storm in the teacup of Tottenham Hotspur when he hammered in two striking goals to seal the fate of the latter in the Europa League last night.
After a couple of half chances for both sides, Aubameyang scored a wonderful opener out of nothing, had Tottenham torn apart over the two games with his finishing.
An inspired display by this gifted lad, his first goal was an absolute stunner and there’s little doubt why the Gabonese striker is being linked with Real Madrid.
The 26 years old scored a goal in each half, including a sublime long-range opener, as Borussia Dortmund completed a 2-1 win over Tottenham and sailed into the Europa League quarter-finals, 5-1 on aggregate.
Aubameyang was also Tottenham Coach Mauricio Pochettino nightmare when he fired in the opener in the first leg at Signal Iduna Park which as Dortmund eventually won 3-0.
His opener in that match saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring his 33rd goal in 38 games, a feat that could not easily be wished away.
Spurs boss Pochettino, who came under fire for his first-leg team selection, had kept striker Harry Kane on the bench again as the Argentine continues to save his key players for Tottenham’s Premier League run-in, and Spurs never looked like getting the better of their impressive Bundesliga opponents.
Afforded too much space by Spurs, the Gabon striker still had plenty to do and beat Hugo Lloris from 25 yards with a dipping and swerving effort that underlined his status as one of the hottest strikers in Europe.
With Spurs unable to penetrate a resolute Dortmund defence, Aubameyang struck again with 20 minutes to play after another blistering counter-attack cut Spurs open.
Heung-min Son, who missed a good chance to level in the first half, atoned for that miss with an opportunistic goal after Neven Subotic’s poor back pass let the Korean in for an easy consolation for Spurs.
But it was another comfortable night for Dortmund, who are the team to avoid in the last eight and have justified their status as Europa League favourites.
Presently, Aubameyang has set tongues wagging about a potential move to Real Madrid by admitting that he is eager to play in Spain though he has ruled out a Paris-Saint-Germaine move.
The Gabon international has been widely linked with Los Blancos recently, and German outlet Express reported that Real will pay €100 million (£77.1 million) for Aubameyang in the summer.
It certainly seems that the forward would be open to a switch to the Bernabeu after revealing his desire to play at Real, although he did insist that no deal is in place.
“Real Madrid? There’s no deal in place, but…I promised my granddad I’d play there one day.
“I’ve said to myself, ‘Why go back to France [to potentially join PSG] when I left three years ago [from Saint-Etienne]? Why not discover something new?’
“Like I’ve said before, I’d love to play in Spain and to finally enjoy a bit of good weather,” he was quoted saying.
Dortmund have insisted in the past that Aubameyang—whose current contract at Signal Iduna Park runs until 2020—is not for sale at any price.