Match Report: Spurs vs Juventus
Tottenham Hotspur were sadly knocked out of the Champions League last night after a 2-1 home defeat to Juventus. Despite carrying the slender advantage of two away goals prior to kick-off, Juventus advance through to the quarter-finals after a 4-3 aggregate victory.
From the first whistle, Spurs looked to dictate the pace of play and pressed the defences of Juventus, who seemed to struggle with the early pressure. Heung-Min Son had the first chance of the game inside three minutes; after finding space down the right flank, he tried to beat the experienced Buffon at his near post but failed to do so. Shortly after, Harry Kane looked to beat Buffon from a tight angle but put it narrowly wide of the post.
Juventus should have been given a penalty in the 17th minute. Jan Vertonghen slid from behind in the box and clipped Douglas Costa, but the referee waved play on. Juventus looked unsettled throughout the first half, and the goal of Buffon withstood a flurry of attacks from Son, Alli, and Kane before eventually yielding in the 39th minute. After Alli’s shot was denied in the middle of the box by the sliding tackle of Barzagli, Trippier squared the ball into the path of Son, who scuffed the shot against his own ankle, awkwardly beating Chiellini and Buffon on its way in.
Even after the half-time whistle Spurs looked the stronger force. It wasn’t until the visitors changed their formation plan with a few substitutions that opened the game up for Juventus. Bringing Lichtsteiner and Asamoah on gave Juventus width which unravelled the Spurs defence. And no more than five minutes later, the Old Lady had equalised the score. Lichtsteiner delivered a pin-point cross towards Sami Khedira. The German headed it on towards Higuaín, who flicked it in from close range. The second goal came two minutes after the first. Benzema split the Spurs defence with a through ball to the dangerous Paulo Dybala who beat Lloris in a one-on-one. Spurs were unlucky in the last minutes of the game when Harry Kane’s header came off the post and rolled across the line. Juventus advance through to the quarter-finals, having relinquished Tottenham’s chance of European greatness.
Spurs vs Juventus Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 84,010
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Juventus
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembélé, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic, Costa, Matuidi, Khedira, Dybala, Higuain