Tottenham 1-2 Juve: Old Lady upstage Spurs at Wembley - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/03/2018

Juventus stun Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League last 16.

Spurs take the lead in the first half courtesy of South Korean striker Heung-Min Son before two quick second-half goals from Argentina duo of Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala to secure the Old Lady in the quarter-final of the competition on 4-3 aggregate.

Setting the Scene

Mauricio Pochettino makes two changes from the first leg. In-form forward Heung-min Son replaces Erik Lamela on the left flank, while the suspended Serge Aurier misses out, replaced by Kieran Trippier at right-back.

Massimiliano Allegri's side receives a big boost ahead of the second leg as Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala have returned to fitness, while Gonzalo Higuain has recovered from a knock to keep his place atop the line-up. Andrea Barzagli is also brought in at right-back as he deputises for the injured Mattia De Sciglio. Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic are the others to give way from the first leg.

First Half

Kane controls brilliantly from a long a ball, taking it down on the ground and turning two men. Son takes on Barzagli and fires a shot at the near post - Buffon has to save! He parries into the middle but nobody can get onto it. Juventus survive another early scare.

A mix-up between Chiellini and Buffon as neither go for Alli's through-ball, allowing Kane to pounce. The striker rounds the keeper, but he can't hit the target from a tight angle.

Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen makes a challenge on Douglas Costa in the penalty box but the centre referee to wave it away as Juve's players are absolutely furious with the Polish official.

Gianluigi Buffon not looking very composed at all in the opening quarter of this match as Son with a back-post header, which was right down the middle for the Italian veteran to collect, but he instead punched it clear.

Spurs forward Son is causing all sorts of problems for the Juve backline, once again getting right at them and firing in a shout for Chiellini to dive in front of and block away.

Tottenham takes the lead in the tie through South Korean striker found a way through from close range after Kieran Trippier squared the ball into his path. A scuffed finish, with the ball seemingly hitting both of his feet before spinning past Chiellini and Buffon to make 1-0 for the North London side in the 39 minutes of the game.

Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic blasts the ball wide from right on the edge of the boxing from a standing position. That was pretty much the visitors' first attempt of the encounter.

Second Half 

For the first time tonight Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala link up, with the latter being played in around the back by his teammate, but the offside flag came to Tottenham's rescue. Juve certainly showing more attacking intent now, which is opening gaps at the other end.

Juventus make their first change of the night and it really is a strange one as Kwadwo Asamoah, who plays predominantly as a left-back, comes on to replace Matuidi. Perhaps that will see Alex Sando push forward to help preserve their width down the left.

Asamoah sends an inviting ball in and Davison Sanchez's acrobatic attempt to clear falls for Dybala, but the striker makes a real mess of his attempt, lashing a wild effort wide of the far post.

Bianconerri subtitue Stephan Lichtsteiner floats a cross in from the right that Sami Khedira flicks on, and Higuain does brilliantly to read it, with the Spurs defence static, and the Argentina striker tucks a finished from close range to make 1-1 for Juventus in the 64 minutes of the match.

Juventus have gone from being completely rattled to now being on the brink of the quarter-finals. Higuain slotted Dybala clean through on goal, and the young forward kept his composure to fire past Hugo Lloris to make 2-1 for the visiting team three minutes later.

Spurs hammer it down through Son, who crosses from the left channel of the area towards the lurking Harry Kane but Chiellini was there at the right time and the right place to clear the ball to corner for the home side.

Davies clips a ball in for Kane at the far post, who bounces a header beyond Buffon and off the far post. It bounces back across goal, straddling the line, but Barzagli is able to save the day with a monstrous clearance, arriving ahead of Lamela.

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