Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside their Wembley curse and opened their Champions League group campaign with a 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were in front after just four minutes when Harry Kane found Heung-min Son on the break, allowing the South Korean to charge down Roman Burki’s goal and fire home a first Champions League goal of the season.

Son’s goal sparked what was a thrilling start to the game, with Dortmund’s Andriy Yarmolenko curling a stunning effort past a helpless Hugo Lloris just seven minutes after the opener.

Tottenham did not care and in the end it was a triumph not only for Kane, who bullied the Dortmund defence and ran himself to a standstill, but also for the team’s patience and belief. They refused to wilt in the face of a slick performance from the visitors and finished the stronger. Above all, they showed a ruthless streak. It was an unusually reactive performance from them but they hit Dortmund hard when it mattered.

In a group in which Real Madrid are the hot favourites, it could boil down to a head-to-head between Tottenham and Dortmund. What a tonic this was for the north London club. Son Heung-min had put them in front and after Andriy Yarmolenko’s lovely equaliser, Kane bent the contest to the force of his will.

It was Dortmund’s second visit to Wembley; their first had been the Champions League final defeat by Bayern Munich in 2013. And they were beaten on the hour when Kane ran on to Christian Eriksen’s pass to shoot low and unerringly past the erratic Roman Bürki.

Dortmund were unfazed and looked dangerous throughout, with summer signing Yarmolenko curling home an equaliser seven minutes later following a neat one-two with Shinji Kagawa.

Tottenham had chances at the start of the second half through Kane and Son but the game turned when Aubameyang’s goal in the 56th minute was chalked off. It was a glorious first-time, half-volley finish from Sahin’s floated cross and even in real time, he looked onside. The replays were grisly for the assistant referee. Kane promptly twisted the knife. The night belonged to him and his team.