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Tottenham v Juventus – story of the match

Two goals in three minutes sent Juventus through to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Tottenham players after being knocked out of the Champions league by Juventus
Tottenham players after being knocked out of the Champions league by Juventus

Tottenham’s Champions League dream was ended by a second-half sucker-punch from Italian champions Juventus.

Spurs, leading 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate through Son Heung-min’s goal, were half an hour from reaching the quarter-finals and proving that finally they belong among Europe’s heavyweights.

But two goals in three minutes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala floored Mauricio Pochettino’s side as their European run finally came to a halt.

Tweet of the Match

Star Man

Gonzalo Higuain recovered from a first leg after which it was widely felt he should have scored more than the two goals he did to produce the finish that brought his team level at Wembley, and then create the space for Paulo Dybala’s winning goal.

Data Point

Gonzalo Higuain has scored nine goals in his past seven matches for Juventus in all competitions. Higuain also created the winning goal for fellow Argentinian Paulo Dybala.

Moment of the Match

Harry Kane’s 90th-minute header that beat Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon before bouncing off the post and being cleared off the line by Andrea Barzagli. He could barely have come closer to forcing extra-time.

Player Ratings

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 6, Kieran Trippier 7, Davinson Sanchez 6, Jan Vertonghen 6, Ben Davies 5, Eric Dier 7, Christian Eriksen 7, Mousa Dembele 6, Son Hueng-Min 8, Dele Alli 6, Harry Kane 6. Substitutes: Erik Lamela (for Dier, 74mins) 5, Fernando Llorente (for Alli, 86mins) 5.

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon 6, Andrea Barzagli 7, Medhi Benatia 7, Giorgio Chiellini 7, Alex Sandro 7, Miralem Pjanic 7, Sami Khedira 6, Blaise Matuidi 6, Paulo Dybala 8, Gonzalo Higuain 9, Douglas Costa 6. Substitutes: Kwadwo Asamoah (for Matuidi, 60mins) 7, Stephan Lichtsteiner (for Benatia, 61mins) 7, Stefano Sturaro (for Higuain, 83mins) 5.

Who’s up next?

Bournemouth v Tottenham, Premier League, March 11

Juventus v Udinese, Serie A, March 11



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