Match Report: Juventus 2 – 2 Spurs
With a valiant performance in Turin, Spurs picked up two crucial away goals to take to Wembley in a dramatic 2-2 draw away in Turin. The game started awfully for Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Dembele witlessly brought down Miralen Pjanic in the centre of the pitch with just 30 seconds on the clock. The Juventus midfielder then delivered a delightful ball to Higuain in the box, who had evaded his marker. Higuain stroke the ball on the turn, from a volley, past the fingertips of Hugo Lloris.
Higuain doubled, seven minutes later, from the penalty spot. Ben Davies flung his front leg into the path of Bernadeschi, tripping him over within the penalty area. Higuain hit a powerful shot, not entirely accurate, to the left of Lloris. Lloris managed to get a hand on the ball, but the power of the shot meant he could only guide it into the corner of the net.
Conceding two goals in ten minutes, in a game of this magnitude, could have easily of had a demoralising effect on the Spurs players. However, their response was wholly the opposite. The Lilywhites almost ran the show from that point on. Harry Kane had an excellent chance to score in the 25th minute. Christian Eriksen turned on the edge of the area to lob a ball into a surging Harry Kane. The ball beat the last defender and found Kane one-on-one at point blank range. Harry hit it hard and true but straight into the path of Buffon. Four minutes later, Juventus hit Spurs on the counterattack. With a lovely passage of play, Higuain struck wide of the mark and failed to get his hat-trick.
Kane beat Buffon with style in the 35th minute. Spurs were playing high and pressuring the Juventus defence. An error in the Juventus midfield landed the ball with Dele Alli, who split the back three with a through ball into Kane’s path. With a calm drop of the shoulder Harry side-stepped the surging Italian Keeper and stroke the ball into the empty net. Spurs conceded another penalty on the stroke of halftime. Douglas Costa showed impressive pace and agility to beat two Spurs players on the left flank. When he cut into the box, Aurier slid and took his legs from underneath him. Higuain however, drilled the ball from the spot and smacked it against the crossbar. Hugo Lloris stayed planed in the centre, and certainly would have saved it if it was any lower nevertheless.
Spurs looked sharp in the second half. After turning Chiellini, the Italian defender body checked Alli on the edge of the area. Christian Eriksen stepped up to take the free-kick, and drilled the ball low across the turf, into the corner, and past a perplexed Buffon. Tottenham take the advantage with two away goals and will be looking to overthrow the Italian giants at Wembley on the 7th March.
Juventus vs Spurs Attendance
Juventus Stadium:41, 232
Starting Line-ups: Juventus vs Spurs
Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Bernarderschi, Costa, Mandzukic, Higuian
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembélé, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane