By Martin Mongan
Juventus progress into the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after eliminating Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs went into this game with 2 away goals in their favour due to the first leg fixture ending 2-2 at the Allianz Stadium, the home of Juventus on the 13th of February.
Argentine goal machine Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals against Spurs in the first leg within the first 9 minutes. England striker Harry Kane put the pressure on Juventus after beating Gianluigi Buffon to make it 2-1 to The Old Lady. Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen equalized with an exquisite goal to level the game. The first leg ended 2-2.
Spurs took the lead after 39 minutes. In-form winger Heung-Min Son scored to send the Spurs fans into a frenzy.
Both teams had potential penalty opportunities in the first half but referee Szymon Marciniak didn’t award any, to the anger of both teams and fans respectively.
This was the first game that Juventus have trailed in since November 2017.
Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain scored an equalizer after 64 minutes. This was Higuain’s third goal against Spurs over both legs. (The aggregate score was 3-3 and 2-1 on the night at this stage.)
Higuain’s international team-mate Paulo Dybala broke away from the Spurs defence and put the ball past Hugo Lloris and gave The Old Lady a 4-3 aggregate lead three minutes after Higuain’s goal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men played with a high defensive line, which Dybala took full advantage of.
Spurs bowed out to an experienced Juventus side who has appeared in two of the last three finals.
Juventus won 2-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.