Tottenham 1-2 Juventus (Three-Four agg): Dybala and Higuain dump Spurs out of Champions League


Tottenham’s Champions League dream was ended by a second-half sucker-punch from Italian champions Juventus.

Spurs, main 1-Zero on the evening and Three-2 on mixture by means of Son Heung-min’s purpose, had been half an hour from reaching the quarter-finals and proving that lastly they belong amongst Europe’s heavyweights.

However two objectives in three minutes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala floored Mauricio Pochettino’s facet as their European run lastly got here to a halt with a Four-Three mixture defeat.

It was a courageous show from Spurs, who got here agonisingly near forcing further time when Harry Kane hit a put up with a minute to play, however Champions League glory must wait for an additional 12 months no less than.

Having battled again from two objectives all the way down to safe a 2-2 draw within the first leg in Turin final month, Tottenham knew a clear sheet could be sufficient to complete the job and add Juve to the scalps of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

But Spurs had been by no means prone to sit again and in a breakneck begin from the hosts, Son had a snap-shot palmed out by veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon with the rebound simply evading Kane and Dele Alli.

Kane then surged previous Giorgio Chiellini and rounded Buffon solely to uncharacteristically discover the sidenetting, albeit from an admittedly tight angle.

Tottenham had a significant let-off when Douglas Costa raced previous Jan Vertonghen and was clearly tripped by the Spurs defender, however to the disbelief of the Juve gamers Polish referee Szymon Marciniak gave nothing.

In the meantime, Son had been riled by a tangle with Andrea Barzagli, who trod on the ahead twice as he lay on the ground following a barge within the again.

He exacted revenge six minutes earlier than half-time, moments after drilling a shot throughout purpose and extensive after being despatched by means of by Alli.

That regarded an enormous miss, however barely 30 seconds later the South Korean made amends, arriving on the far put up to transform a low cross from Kieran Trippier.

It was not the cleanest of strikes, Son scuffing the ball into the turf earlier than it spun and looped in between Chiellini and Buffon, nevertheless it elicited probably the most almighty of roars round Wembley.

Juve now had 45 minutes to save lots of their European season – and within the 64th minute they gave themselves an opportunity.

Higuain, the person who ought to most likely have put the primary leg out of Tottenham’s attain however for some poor misses, this time made no mistake when he hooked in Sami Khedira’s header on the far put up.

And barely three minutes later Juve had turned the tie on its head, Dybala – who missed the primary leg by means of harm – racing by means of onto Higuain’s cross and dispatching his shot throughout the uncovered Hugo Lloris into the web.

Spurs tried to awaken themselves once more however discovered Chiellini of their approach, the defender whipping the ball from Kane’s foot as he went to faucet in Son’s cross.

Son was inches extensive with a roller earlier than Kane’s header got here again off a put up and bounced on the road, solely to be hacked clear by Barzagli in a dramatic finale, which spelled heartbreak for Spurs.