Cape Town - Juventus produced a Champions League smash-and-grab raid as Paulo
Dybala's goal earned them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at
Wembley to send the Italians through to the quarter-finals 4-3 on
aggregate on Wednesday.
Son Heung-min's first-half effort had put Tottenham in control after
they had drawn 2-2 in Turin last month and there was little sign of a
Juve response until Gonzalo Higuain and Dybala struck in three
Higuain poked in from close range to equalise in the 64th minute before
fellow Argentine Dybala, who missed the first leg with an injury, curled
past Hugo Lloris after bursting clear.
It was tough on Tottenham, who will rue several missed chances in the
opening period and hit the post with a Harry Kane header in the 90th
minute, but proof that Massimiliano Allegri's experienced Juventus,
runners-up in two of the last three seasons, remain one of Europe's
toughest nuts to crack.
Son was given the nod ahead of Erik Lamela on the left side of
Tottenham's attack and fully justified manager Mauricio Pochettino's
faith as he ran Juve's experienced but creaking defence ragged before
His stinging shot tested Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon in the third
minute and another lightning burst into the box ended with Giorgio
Chiellini making a crucial block.
Tottenham hounded Juventus as they did in the opening leg and Kane
should have scored in the 14th minute when Dele Alli played him in but,
after skipping around Buffon, the England striker fired his shot into
It was not one-way traffic though and the hosts had an enormous let-off
shortly after Kane's miss when Douglas Costa drove into the area and was
tripped by an out-paced Jan Vertonghen and sent sprawling to the turf.
Vertonghen looked a picture of innocence as Juve's furious players
surrounded Polish referee Szymon Marciniak who opted against pointing to
the spot despite replays confirming the Tottenham defender had taken
Costa's legs and not the ball.
Grizzled Juve defender Andrea Barzagli was lucky to escape a booking when he stood on Son's leg after a challenge.
Son then drove a left-foot shot wide when he should have scored but his
persistence finally saw him break the deadlock in the 39th minute
courtesy of a slice of fortune.
Kieran Trippier picked out Son with a low cross and despite completely
missing the ball with his right foot it cannoned off his standing left
leg and dinked over the confused Buffon.
Not a classic, but neither Son, nor the Spurs fans cared.
It was only the third goal Juve had conceded in 12 games - all against a
vibrant Tottenham side - and left them needing to score twice to stay
in the competition.
Dybala missed the first leg with injury and was largely anonymous at
Wembley - his first sight of goal not arriving until just past the hour
when he drove wildly over.
A minute later, however, his fellow Argentine Higuain sparked the tie
back into life when he stuck out a leg to touch home Sami Khedira's
Two minutes later Tottenham's defence was caught square and Dybala was
played through on goal and calmly advanced before curling past Lloris to
send the 4 000 travelling fans wild.
A stunned Tottenham responded with Kane, who hit the post with a header
that bounced up off the turf, Christian Eriksen and Son all going close
for the hosts but Juve's vast European experience saw them home.