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UEFA Champions League match report Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus 07 March 2018

Posted: 7 March 2018 Time: 22:27

Juventus advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the second leg.

Spurs came into the clash with a slight advantage after securing a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin, giving them two priceless away goals

The north London side started the brighter of the two as Heung-Min Son nearly opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a close-range strike, but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was alert to make a quick reflex save.

Harry Kane was unlucky not to have given Mauricio Pochettino's men the lead in the 15th minute after going through on the right side of the box and rounding Buffon, but he hit the side-netting from a tight angle.

Spurs were lucky in the 18th minute not to have conceded a penalty after defender Jan Vertonghen brought down Juventus forward Douglas Costa inside the box, but the referee waved away the appeals.

Son broke the deadlock for Spurs six minutes before the break with a low strike inside the left side of the box after Juve had failed to clear their lines.

The pace and guile of Pochettino's charges was proving difficult for Juventus to handle and the Italian side went into the half-time break trailing 1-0 and 3-2 on aggregate.

Spurs continued where they left off in the first half with their high press in the opening 10 minutes of the second period.

However, Gonzalo Higuain brought the Bianconeri back into the game in the 64th minute after latching onto a loose ball at the back post to poke the ball beyond Hugo Lloris.

Paulo Dybala turned the game on its head for the Old Lady two minutes later after going clear on goal and calmly placing the ball past a helpless Lloris.

Former Juve striker Fernando Llorente was introducing with five minutes remaining, taking the place of Alli.

Kane went agonisingly close to leveling matters in the 89th minute when his towering header crashed against the upright.

Juve managed to see out the remaining stages of the half to claim the win and a spot in the quarter-finals.

Article by: Staff Reporter
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