UEFA CL: Higuan, Dybala strikes dump Tottenham out

UEFA CL: Higuan, Dybala strikes dump Tottenham out

07 Mar 2018, 22:49

Juventus came from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League knock out stage clash to progress into the quarter finals with a 4-3 aggregate win. 

Spurs dominated the match in the first half and appeared to have booked a place in the quarter finals. Son scored the opener for the hosts after his side bossed in the first half. Dembele enjoyed most of the first half, browbeating Blaise Matuidi. The introduction of Kwadwo Asamoah brought balance in Juve's midfield as he took the place of struggling Matuidi. Higuain put Allegri's men level in the second half before Dybala sealed the victory for the visitors

Spurs had a good start, looking lively in the opening minutes. Early chance came in for the hosts with Son beating Barzagli, firing a shot across goal but Buffon palm kept it away. Juve responded, Costa whipped in a cross from the right side but the ball flew over the head of Higuain in the middle of the box. With 15 minutes of play, Kane had the chance to put Spurs in the lead but his effort went wide. Alli released a ball through for Kane, who outpaced Chiellini, rounding off Buffon, but only hit the side-net from a tight angle.

Denied penalty?

A minute later, Juve pushed Spurs to their own half. Costa knocked the ball past Vertonghen, who went to ground, missing the ball and appeared to catch Costa from behind. It was right in front of the official next to the goal but neither he nor the referee gave a penalty and Juve players were left fuming.

Bookings

Vertonghen went into referee’s book in the 28th minute. The Spurs defender was shown a yellow card as he lunged in on Dybala, catching him late. Alex Sandro also went in referees books 8 minutes names after catching Trippier on the back of his foot earning himself a yellow card.

Opener

With 6 minutes to half-time, Wembley erupted as Spurs’ dominant first half display was rewarded. Son made amends for a missed chance moments earlier as he was on hand to tuck away a scuffed shot from Trippier’s pass across the goal to give home side the lead.

HT Tottenham 1-0 Juventus

Pochettino’s men picked from where they left, pinning Juventus in their own half, with Son, Alli and Kane causing trouble to visitors’ defence. Juve’s frustrations was evident with referee booking Benatia and Chiellini for fouls on Alli. Minutes later Alli went into referee’s records for a high boot.

Leveler

Higuain leveled the score for the away side in the 64th minute. Lichtsteiner timed his run well as he got played in down the right channel and picked out Khedira with a cross. He flicked a cleaver header towards the back post where Higuain was running in behind and turned it into the net from six yards.

Turnaround

Juventus turn things around three minutes later as Spurs defensive error costed them. Sanchez was turned too easily by Higuain, who then played through for Dybala who finished excellently past Lloris.

In the stoppage time, Kane could have forced the game to go for extra time but he was denied by the post. The England international rose to meet a header from eight yards out and nodded it back across the goal. It beat Buffon’s dive but struck against the post, rolling back right across the line.

FT Tottenham 1-2 Juventus

Other results:

Manchester City suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Basel but they booked their spot in the quarter-final draw of the Champions League with a 5-2 aggregate victory. 

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