Tottenham 1 – 2 Juventus (AGG: 3-4): Two quick goals from Higuain and Dybala end Spurs hope as the Old Ladies come from behind to win at Wembley.
The atmosphere before the game commenced told the full story. The element of belief from the Tottenham faithful was almost palpable. The Juventus supporters where outclassed both in number and sounds made. An emotional minute of silent in honour of Davide Astori brought about a feeling of unity between both sides before the encounter began.
Spurs started like a house on fire with their fierce high field pressing and carved out quite a few decent chances early one; one of which fell to Harry kane after a through ball from Dele Alli however, the English who dribbled past Buffon ran out room and could only find the side netting.
Juventus were restricted from any form of rhythm, however they managed a counter and could have had a penalty as Douglas Costa went down in the box after a challenge by Jan Ventroghen. Reply showed there was contact but the referee had other ideas.
A goal from the side from North London was imminent as Juventus simple couldnt cope with the high pressing from the Spurs side. The goal finally came after, A shot from Dele Alli was deflected resulting in a cross from Kevin Trippier which fell kindly to Son who slotted it home allbeit a bit awkwardly as the ball deflected off both legs before finding the net. Son and Spurs couldn’t care less.
Tottenham went into the break with momentum as they had outplayed the Italians for the most part of the first 45.
The second half started like the first, Spurs were in the ascendancy. Juventus resulted to fouling as they had 2 player booked scarcely 10 mins after the restart – Pjanic and Cheillini. However two tactical substitution which saw Allegri bring on Asamoah and Lichtsteiner changed the complexity of the game.
Juventus switched to a back four and almost immediately substitute Lichtsteiner put in a ball which was flicked it and tucked home opportunistically by Gonzalo Higuain. Three minutes Later the tie was turned on its head as laps in concentration by Ben Davies played Dyabla on side, The Argentine buried the ball into the roof of the net. Two goalkeeper wouldn’t have saved the superb strike!
Juventus were more than content to sit back and defend. A Last ditch block from Chellini epitomized what the Italians where all about; ready to put their bodies on the line to protect their lead.
Spurs side that seemed to have run out of ideas as the kept playing through the middle rather than exploiting the flanks. Pochettino brought on Illorente in hopes to push the tie to extra time but Juventus were dogged in defending. The best chance the to equalize fell to Harry Kane in the 90th min, his header was cleared off the line after striking post. The English was offside although it wasn’t spotted by the linesman
Mauricio Pochettino’s side who had showed maturity all through had yet again been let down by the lapses in concentration by the defence. One would wonder what Star Man Harry Kane would be thinking after a defeat on a night like this. A striker of his pedigree should probably be in the last 8 of this competition.
Juventus continue their impressive record in the Champions League Knockout stage having only lost once in the last 3 years.