Start chugging the Maalox and hold onto your butts, because Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus are set to kick off at Wembley Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match-up. Tottenham carry a 2-2 draw in Turin into today’s game and that gives them a slight advantage: while Juventus needs to win in order to advance, Spurs can move on to the quarterfinals with a win, or a 0-0 / 1-1 draw.
Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Blaise Matuidi, and Douglas Costa are all expected to be fit for the Old Lady, which means that Spurs could be facing a very different team than they played in Italy. For Spurs, everyone’s healthy bar injured defender Toby Alderweireld and the suspended Serge Aurier. Pochettino will be able to pick what he thinks is his strongest possible lineup against the Italian champions.
Wembley will be rocking with 80,000+ fans, with the vast majority of them there to support Spurs. It’s gonna be
fun awful fun agonizing fun.
We’re going to experiment with something different in today’s match thread. In lieu of a post-match summary article, this thread will be regularly updated with match updates and goal highlights as we find them. You can refresh the page to see them as the match goes on.
We’ll put up post-match reactions and further analysis a little later on.
Full Time: Tottenham 1-2 Juventus (3-4 aggregate)
Well, that sucked. Spurs had a lead but couldn’t keep it. Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala are enough to send Juventus through to the quarterfinals.
The Tottenham players are dejected, quite a few in tears on the pitch at Wembley. They gave it their all, but came up just short. Hitting the post in the last few minutes was the final heartbreaking touch on a cruel evening in Northwest London.
90’ Kane hits the post
Cruel and heartbreaking for Spurs. Kane gets a header on a cross, Buffon thinks it’s going wide, but it’s off the post and Juve eventually win a free kick. Somehow only three minute of stoppage time.
85’ Another Tottenham change
Dele Alli is off for Fernando Llorente. Spurs need to find Llorente in the box. Truly desperation time now for Tottenham.
83’ Spurs around the Juve box
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have to really chase the game now. Christian Eriksen just had a shot deflected wide, and Son jus shot one wide from range. The corners are stacking up, but nothing doing yet. Erik Lamela has come on for Eric Dier, and Higuain has come off for Stefano Sturaro.
77’ Tottenham upping the pressure
Chiellini just had to make a big clearance to slide in front of a Son cross that was heading Kane’s way. Spurs pushing forward in desperation now. A goal would force extra time.
67’ Juventus Goal. Paulo Dybala.
They’ve added another one. The game has been turned on its head here, as Spurs fell asleep once again. Dybala was allowed to run all the way in on goal and he finished past Lloris. Tottenham in real trouble here now.
64’ Juventus Goal. Gonzalo Higuain.
Lichtsteiner makes an instant impact. His ball into the box is redirected by Khedira, and finished by Higuain. We’re now even on aggregate, with Spurs still going through on away goals for the time being.
Gonzalo Higuain's 3rd goal of this tie draws Juventus level at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/RmRqq6186d— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 7, 2018
61’ Juventus subs
The Italians have made some changes as they try to get back in the game. Kwadwo Asamoah has come on for Matuidi, and Stephan Lichtsteiner is on for Benatia. That probably means Barzagli will go to CB, with the Swiss player entering as the RB.
53’ Juventus accumulating yellow cards
The yellows are stacking up now for the old lady. Benatia had one a few moments ago for a tackle on Dele, and now Chiellini goes in the book for another tackle on the man from Milton Keynes.
The second half begins
We’re back underway at Wembley as the second half begins. Spurs immediately have a free kick as Dele is cut down by Douglas Costa. Eriksen takes it short for Vertonghen, but his shot is blocked and Juve eventually get it clear.
Tottenham lead 1-0, 3-2 on aggregate
That will go down as a great half for Spurs. They started brightly, missed a few chances, but eventually found their way in through Son Heung-min, who continues his spectacular season. Juventus had their chances, including a penalty shout, Tottenham ultimately defended well. Each member of the Spurs’ back four has done their part so far tonight, but the job is not done yet.
39’ GOAL!!! TOTTENHAM!! SON!!
Now Sonny does open the scoring!!!! Spurs attack through Eriksen and Dele, and the ball eventually spurts out to Trippier. His cross goes across the box and is scuffed by Son, but he still hit it well enough to put it past Buffon!!!
Son Heung-Min gets Wembley rocking as he gives Spurs a 3-2 lead on aggregate. pic.twitter.com/cl0OE9IpN9— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 7, 2018
38’ Son almost opens the scoring
Ben Davies does really well to spring an attack through Son Heung-min. Sonny drives at the box and has a go, but his shot is dragged just wide. Buffon wasn’t getting there, and another big chance goes begging for Spurs.
33’ Barzagli stomps on Son
That should really have been a red card, but the ref didn’t see it. Andrea Barzagli stomped on Son three times while Sonny was on the ground. Disgusting play from the Italian defender.
21’ More chances for Spurs
The intensity has picked up here and Spurs almost opened the scoring. Spurs get a shot in, it’s blocked by a Juve player but only goes out to Trippier. Trips’ ball finds Son at the back post, but Buffon punches away. Juventus attempt to counter, but Davinson Sanchez cleans up the mess.
17’ Juventus penalty appeals denied
The Juventus players are surrounding the referee. They want a penalty given after Vertonghen dove in on Costa in the box. Spurs might have gotten away with one there. The Italians have come back into the game a bit here.
Huge no-call at Wembley! Should Juventus have gotten a penalty here? pic.twitter.com/QYr1OiKWbT— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 7, 2018
15’ Kane comes close
That’s the first big chance of the game for either side. Dele Alli plays Kane in, Kane goes around Buffon, but unlike in the first leg he can’t find anything other than the side of the net. Harry will have expected himself to score that one.
10’ A bright start for Tottenham
Spurs have started brightly here. Son tested Buffon early, and most of the game has been played in Juventus’ end. A Tottenham corner just now bounced around dangerously for a minute before being cleared.
Wembley is rocking with the sounds of both the English and the Italian fans, and we’re officially underway. This is one of the biggest games in the history of Tottenham Hotspur. Will they be able to avoid the same early jitters that affected them in the first leg?
Mauricio Pochettino has opted to start Son Heung-min over Erik Lamela. The rest of the team is as expected, with Serge Aurier suspended due to a yellow card in the first leg. Ben Davies is at left back, while Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele partner each other in the midfield.
Juventus get Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi back from injury after they missed the first leg. Gonzalo Higuain is also starting after there were questions over his fitness in the lead up to this match.
Juventus XI to face #THFC: Buffon, Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Douglas Costa, Higuain, Dybala.— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 7, 2018
Match Date, Time and Location
Wednesday, March 7, 2:45 p.m. (USA), 7:45 pm (UK)
Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Match official: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
United Kingdom: BT Sport 2
USA: Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes (Español)
Canada: TSN5, RDS
Australia: beIN Sports 1
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