BEVERLY HILLS, March 08, (THEWILL) – Juventus came from a goal down to knock Tottenham Hotspur out of the Champions League, with a 2-1 win at Wembley putting them through to the quarterfinals 4-3 on aggregate.
Scoring two goals in under three second-half minutes via strikes by Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, the Italian giants pulled what has been described as an ‘Italian job’ over the Premiership side.
Spurs, with a slender advantage following a 2-2 draw in Turin, were leading 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate and were half an hour from reaching the quarter-finals and proving that finally they belong among Europe’s heavyweights but the Italians turned the tie around.
Higuain, the man who should probably have put the first leg out of Tottenham’s reach but for some poor misses, this time made no mistake when he hooked in Sami Khedira’s header at the far post in the 64th minute.
And barely three minutes later Juve had turned the tie on its head, Dybala – who missed the first leg through injury – racing through onto Higuain’s pass and dispatching his shot across the exposed Hugo Lloris into the net.
It was a brave display from Spurs, who came agonisingly close to forcing extra time when Harry Kane hit a post with a minute to play, but Champions League glory will have to wait for another year at least.
Spurs tried to rouse themselves again but found Chiellini in their way, the defender whipping the ball from Kane’s foot as he went to tap in Son’s cross.
Meanwhile, Manchester City wrapped up their straightforward passage into the Champions League quarterfinals 5-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 loss against Basel at the Etihad on Wednesday.
City came into the match clear favourites to advance after a 4-0 defeat of the Swiss side Basel.
Pep Guardiola rested a few of his regulars while giving Phil and Foden, Yaya Toure rare spots in the starting XI along with Gabriel Jesus, who is returning to rhythm after a lengthy injury absence.