Off threatens: Juve throws away victory against Spurs
Turin – Juventus strikes against Tottenham like the fire brigade, but the English fight back. Gonzalo Higuain turns from hero to Chancentod.
Despite scorer Gonzalo Higuain’s dream start, Juventus missed the chance to open the door to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
In the first leg of the last 16-finals against Tottenham Hotspur for top star Harry Kane, the Italian record champion lost a two-goal lead and did not go beyond a happy 2-2 (2-1) match.
The last year’s finalist is now in the return leg on 7th position. In the second minute, Higuain took the lead of the Old Lady by lightning, and seven minutes later the Argentinean scorer scored a foul-kick (the goalscorers of the Champions League).
For the 30-year-old, it was goals three and four in the current competition. However, Higuain missed an even better starting position for his team when he missed another penalty in the second half of the first half (45th +2nd) on the crossbar.
Kane brought the Spurs back into the game with his seventh goal of the season in the royal class (35th), Christian Eriksen scored in the 71st minute. The second minute is a well-deserved compensation.
The hosts with World Champion Sami Khedira, who was replaced after just over an hour, had a dream start in front of 41,232 spectators at the Juventus Stadium.
After a free-kick from Miralem Pjanic, Higuain was on the spot and scored his twentieth goal with a direct drop. Hits in royalty class. However, the TV pictures revealed that the goalscorer was on the sidelines, which was overlooked by Bundesliga referee Felix Brych and his assistants (results and schedule of the Champions League).
Only seven minutes later, Higuain took over the reins after Ben Davies Juve midfielder Federico Bernardeschi had knocked over Bernardeschi in the penalty area. Higuain didn’t pass Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris no chance overcame Hugo Lloris, who, however, still touched the ball with his fingers as he did with the 0:1.
Tottenham was impressed by this early double strike and did not have anything to oppose the defensive Turiners. Not until 32. Kane gave the guests their first chance in the third minute. However, the national team-mate failed to make a break for Italy’s goalkeeper legend Gianluigi Buffon.
Tottenham and especially Kane dropped their awe of the Italians, who had previously been free in 27 home games. Kane then showed in the 35th minute. In the eighth minute, he gave Juve his first conceded goal this year after fine preparation by Dele Alli.
Massimiliano Allegri’s team had scored their last goal on 30 September. December 2017 at a 3-1 victory in Verona. Higuain then missed again from the penalty spot the possible 3-1 after Serge Aurier fouled the former Munich Douglas Costa in the sixteenth.
After the change of sides, the open exchange of blows continued. Bernadeschi tested Lloris (57.), on the other side Kane failed with a long shot at the attentive Buffon (69.). The 2006 World Champion goalkeeper, however, missed the equaliser through Eriksen when he uncovered the goalkeeper’s corner in the Danish free-kick.