5 TALKING POINTS! Tottenham 1-2 Juventus (3-4 agg)… As Higuain And Dybala Knocks Spurs Out Of Champions League

Mauricio Pochettino’s side came down from two-goals in the first leg but this time it was Juve who pulled off the heroics.

Juventus are heading into the Champions League quarter finals after beating Tottenham 2-1 – with a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Spurs had the advantage after coming back from a two-goal deficit in Turin to grab a pair of away goals and when Son Heung-min it looked like they were walking through.

Son, who netted for the sixth time in three games, scuffed in a first half opener.

But the Serie A holders roared back after the break, on the impetus of being denied a stonewall penalty.

Gonzalo Higuain leveled on the night with a smart effort from Stephan Lichsteiner’s cross before Paulo Dybala had last year’s finalists Juve heading through after a calm finish.

1. Tottenham are still a work in progress

Mauricio Pochettino talked about belief and establishing Tottenham on the European stage, getting a result to make the rest of Europe take notice.

But despite the bright and hopeful start, their lack of experience was ultimately their downfall as there was just 2 minutes and 49 seconds between Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scoring – and that’s all it took.

Tottenham lack the experience and European pedigree to match Juventus but that will come with time and learning through painful nights like these.

2. Juventus are genuine European heavyweights

They are an ageing team but one full of seasoned and experienced campaigners. Just like Real Madrid, they turn up on the bog occasions.

Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon is now 40, and Giorgio Chiellini is 33 and. while they are showing their age, they still know what it takes.

At 1-0 down, 3-2 down on aggregate, lesser teams would have caved in. But not Juventus. This is what makes them so special and the perennial Champions League contenders.

3. Wembley’s wonderful setting

Tottenham’s 12 month tenancy agreement did not feel completely right at the start of the season and Mauricio Pochettino’s men saw their results suffer.

But Tottenham have made Wembley week more like home as the season has wore on.

And it was really noticeable that, for such a huge occasion against one of the greats of European football, this was truly a magnificent stadium and it still conjures up magic as one of the very best arenas.

4. Football does respect so well

Davide Astori’s death has shocked Italy and Italian football to the core. The 31-year-old former Fiorentina defender died on Sunday and there was a minute’s silence and both teams wore black armbands.

We sometimes take it for granted that everyone will observe the minute’s silence or join in an applause. But if there is one thing that football does well it is to respect and honour its own.

The minute’s silence was impeccably observed and, once it is over, both sets of players get back to football.

5. There’s one thing worse than VAR… the additional assistant referee

A week ago Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Rochdale was overshadowed by some farcical VAR decisions.

This time, no VAR but those rather daft extra officials (additional assistant referees to give them their proper title) patrolling both ends.

They look rather odd, no flags, arms by their sides, trying to look busy. But they are a worse option than VAR judging by the big penalty call in the first half.

Jan Vertonghen clearly took out Douglas Costa, clipped him, caught him, whatever you like, and he did it right in front of the extra official. What a waste of time.

And that was that. Spurs head out at the last-16 stage.

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