Juventus stun Spurs as Dybala caps fightback


Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain celebrate a goal against Tottenham Hotspur. (AFP Photo)

LONDON, MArch 8: Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham paid the price for “two big mistakes” as Juventus staged a stunning fightback to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 4-3 on aggregate on Wednesday.
Juventus were on the brink of elimination after Son Heung-Min’s first-half strike put Tottenham ahead in the last 16, second leg at Wembley.
But, despite being completely outplayed in the opening period, Juventus buckled down after the break and equalised through Gonzalo Higuain.
That was the decisive moment as Tottenham suddenly went to pieces, allowing the Italian champions to score again two minutes and 49 seconds later as Paulo Dybala punished poor defending with a cool finish.
Crashing out after having the tie in their hands with a 2-1 loss on the night was a bitter pill for Tottenham to swallow and once again raised questions about their ability to win major trophies.
Although Pochettino claimed Tottenham deserved to win after dominating for so long, the Argentine coach conceded his side shot themselves in the foot with their defensive blunders.
“In less than three minutes we conceded two goals – two big mistakes – and that is why we are out,” he said. “In both legs we deserved more. I feel proud. We played fantastic football until that first goal and we dominated.
“But in football it is not about deserving, you have to score goals and not concede.
“Of course we are very disappointed but it is part of growing. We will keep going.” (AFP)