Juventus 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur line-ups
Full time in Turin: Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Peep! Peep! Peep! It’s all over and after a start that was the stuff of their worst nightmares, Tottenham leave Turin with this tie marginally poised in their favour. They take two away goals back to Wembley after a terrific comeback from two goals down. Against Juventus. In Turin. Not too many teams show that kind of resilience and character after such a dreadful start. Juventus had their chances to win the game, a Higuain penalty the pick of them, but having been 2-0 after 10 minutes, Spurs bullied the Italians on their own patch and possibly should have
90+1 min: Spurs substitution: Christian Eriksen off after a splendid, man of the match performance. Victor Wanyama on. Juve substitution: Douglas Costa off, Kwadwo Asamoah on.
90 min: The game enters its knockings with Juve finishing the stronger. After their nightmare start, even defeat for Spurs would be a brilliant result for them. If they hold on for the draw, it will be better still. A win for the visitors still isn’t out of the question, mind.
88 min: Tottenham substitution: Lucas Moura on for his Spurs debut, Erik Lamela off.
87 min: Jan Vertonghen intercepts brilliantly, cutting out Douglas Costa’s drilled cross and preventing the ball running to Gonzalo Higuain for a tap-in at the far post. Brilliant defending, although I initially thought thought he’d poked the ball into his own net. It went just the right side of the upright.
85 min: Douglas Costa sends the ball into space behind the Spurs defence, hoping Higuain will run on to it. He overcooks his ball, which runs straight through to Hugo Lloris.
85 min: Juve win a corner. Pjanic pings the ball into the penalty area, where Medhi Benatia heads high and wide.
83 min: Tottenham substitution: Dele Alli off after a fairly decent performance; Heung-min Son on.
82 min: Serge Aurier blocks Douglas Costa’s attempted cross into the Spurs penalty area, conceding a corner. The Juve man should perhaps have run at the Spurs defender in the hope of winning his side another penalty. Nothing comes of Pjanic’s corner.
81 min: Tottenham get forward again, down the right flank. Serge Aurier curls in a decent cross, but it carries through to Gigi Buffon.
79 min: Rodrigo Bentancur is booked for a late challenge on Ben Davies’s standing leg. Laughably, he claims the Tottenham player dived. The referee is having none of it
77 min: Lloris saves well from a shot that takes a big deflection off Eric Dier. Spurs go forward again - you’d fancy them to go on and win this match now. Juventus and their fans seem totally shell-shocked.
74 min: While the local TV producer seems strangely reluctant to show a replay of Eriksen’s equaliser, it seems that Gigi Buffon was completely wrong-footed by the Spurs midfielder. Juventussubstitution: Mario Mandzukic off after a fine performance. Stefano Sturaro replaces him.
GOAL! Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Eriksen 72)
Brilliant from Eriksen! The Dane counts on the wall jumping and whips the ball low and hard into the bottom left-hand corner. Buffon should have done better, but Spurs are level on the scoreboard, in the ascendancy on the pitch and have two away goal to their name.
68 min: Juvebtus win a free-kick about 40 yards from the Spurs goal. Miralem Pjanic overhits his ping in behind, which bounces straight through to Hugo Lloris.64 min: Tottenham get forward again, with Serge Aurier on the ball. He makes his way into the Juve penalty area, where Mario Mandzukic is again on hand to tackle and clear. He’s playing a blinder in defence for his team, despite being a winger-striker by trade.
63 min: Spurs win a free-kick wide on the right. Christian Eriksen curls in a cross, which Gonzalo Higuain heads clear.
62 min: The match enters its final third - a huge 30 minutes for both sides. This is a terrific game of football; try to clap your eyes on some highlights later if at all possible. You won’t be disappointed.
59 min: Miralem Pjanic goes down holding his head, while an absolutely furious Gonzalo Higuain gets a yellow card for simulation. He was fouled by Aurier and subsequently went down theatrically under a challenge from Jan Vertonghen. I think he was a bit hard done by and I also think Mauricio Pochettino should take Serge Aurier off before he gets sent off.1
58 min: Miralem Pjanic plays the ball in from the corner flag and Mario Mandzukic rises highest to head straight at Lloris. he should have scored. It’s a strange game - Juventus are seriously under the cosh and have been for some time, but have had squandered no end of chances to put the tie beyond Spurs.
57 min: Juventus gets forward, with Higuain picking out Bernardeschi on the right flank. He cuts inside on to his left foot and fires a low, hard, diagonal drive goalwards. Lloris tips the ball around the post for a corner.
56 min: Mousa Dembele cedes possession to Douglas Costa in midfield, but dives in to win it back before the Juve midfielder can turn on his after-burners.
55 min: Mario Mandzukic is back on the field, but doesn’t look too comfortable.
54 min: First half possession stats: Spurs 72% Juventus 28%. Reminder: Juventus are at home.
53 min: Juventus gallop forward on the counter-attack with douglas Costa on the ball and Gonzalo Higuain to his right. With Bernardeschi up in support, the ball eventually comes his way. His low shot is week and easily intercepted.
52 min: Mario Mandzukic has pulled up with what looks like a hamstring injury and is receiving treatment behind the Spurs goal.
49 min: Spurs pick up where they left off at the end of the first half, bossing possession and keeping Juventus on the back foot. Their capitulation and concession of territory and possession after going 2-0 up at home so early was little short of weird.
47 min: Having sat back for 40 minutes of the first half, Juve have set up for the second with a much higher defensive line. Serge Aurier gets booked for a foul on Alex Sandro and will miss the second leg for Spurs. I suspect many of their supporters will be delighted. It will be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino leaves him on for much longer in this match - he’s a bit of a liability at the best of times, but on a yellow card his continued presence could be disastrous.
Second-half: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
46 min: Tottenham get the second half started and if it’s anywhere near as good as the 45 minutes that preceded it, we’re in for a real treat. No changes on either side yet.
GONZALO HIGUAIN MISSES!
45+2 min: Gonzalo Higuain shoots down the middle, Hugo Lloris stands his ground and - I think - palms the
Penalty for Juventus
45+1 min: Serge Aurier is skinned for pace by Douglas Costa and brings down the Juventus man on the left side of the Spurs penalty area. That was a stupid foul. Utterly gormless.
43 min: Spurs continue to pile on the pressure, winning another corner of Chiellini after some neat interplay and a series of one-twos involving Alli, Eriksen and Aurier. The ball’s played into the penalty area, where Mario Mandzukic wins a free-kick. Juve clear their lines again.
40 min: Tottenham continue to dominate as the home crowd in Turin grow increasingly impatient with their team’s excessive caution. Christian Eriksen brings a save out of Buffon with a shot from distance. Moments later, he sends in a cross which Del Alli - peeling off his marker and backing towards the near post - leaps to head over.
36 min: That’s been coming for a while - instead of trying to finish Spurs off after taking a two-goal lead, Juventus have let their opponents have far too much of the ball while choosing to sit back and let them come at them. Spurs might be 2-1 down, but Juventusare rattled and on the back foot.
GOAL! Juventus 2-1 Tottenham (Kane 35)
Kane scores! Tottenham pull a goal back and it’s no more than they deserve. Harry Kane latches on to a fine pass from Alli, takes the ball around Buffon and slots it into an empty net.
28 min: Spurs continue to grow into a game they looked likely to lose by a cricket score after just 10 minutes. They win a free-kick wide on the left, but Christian Eriksen’s cross into the box is uncharacteristically poor.
CHANCE!!! Harry Kane is presented with the kind of chance you’d expect him to score in his sleep: a perfectly weighted pass from Christian Eriksen leaves him with the goal at his mercy from about six yards out. His bullet header from point-blank range is saved brilliantly by Gigi Buffon, but truth-be-told, Kane shouldn’t have given him a chance to save it.
24 min: Spurs try to get forward again, but Juve have all 11 men behind the ball, massed in two banks of six and four. On BT Sport, co-comms man Jemaine Jenas points out that striker Mario Mandzukic is playing at left-back.
22 min: Erik Lamela takes the corner, Giorgio Chiellini wins a free kick after being fouled by Kane and Juve clear their lines. With a quarter of the match gone, Kane is already cutting a fairly forlorn and frustrated figure.
17 min: Under a “challenge” from Medhi Benatia, Harry Kane throws himself theatrically to the floor in the Juve penalty area and appeals for a spot-kick. None is forthcoming. Kane protests to the referee, but he looked to be chancing his arm there. I’ll need to see it again 16 min: On the edge of his own penalty area, Eric Dier tries to lump the ball forward for Spurs. Douglas Costa closes him down and blocks the shot, but it rolls harmlessly back to Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal.
14 min: Spurs enjoy a period of sustained possession in the middle third of the pitch but are unable to make inroads of any kind as far as getting the ball into the Juve penalty area is concerne10 min: Well, who saw this coming? Tottenham can have no complaints over the award of that penalty: Ben Davies was late with his challenge on Federico Bernardeschi and got booked for his troubles. Gonzalo Higuain dispatched the spot-kick with aplomb, rifling the ball just inside the upright. Hugo Lloris went the right way, but just couldn’t reach the ball.
GOAL! Juventus 2-0 Tottenham (Higuain 9)
Gonazalo Higuain scores from the spot. Less than 10 minutes into this tie and Spurs are already on the ropes. This is a disaster.
GOAL! Juventus 1-0 Tottenham (Higuain 2)
2 min:uventus win an early free-kick, it’s taken quickly by Miralem Pjanic to Gonzalo Higuain, who hooks a wonderful volley into the bottom left-hand corner.
1 min: Juventus get the ball rolling, their players in their customary home strip of black and white striped shirts, white shorts and white socks. Spurs line up in purply-blue shirts, shorts and socks with yellow trim. Yes, purply-blue - that’s what it looks like to me.
Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic, Higuain.
Subs: Szczesny, Rugani, Asamoah, Marchisio, Bentancur, Sturaro, Muratore
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane
Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Son, Lucas
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)