14.02.2018 08:30 - in: Champions League S

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    Five points to look back on from Tuesday night’s Champions League match


    The Argentine has been in devastating form of late and what a first 10 minutes it was for Gonzalo Higuain. It took just two minutes for Pipita to find the back of the net brilliantly finishing a wonderful dinked free kick from Miralem Pjanic. It was the fastest Juve goal in the Champions League since a 1997 strike by Alex Del Piero vs Manchester United.

    Higuain wasn’t done there, however, firing home from the penalty spot after just nine minutes for the quickest double in Bianconeri UCL history. It could have been more for Higuain, but it was still a fantastic performance from the forward who also had a team-high five completed dribbles. Make it eight goals in his last five matches in all competitions for Pipita.


    It was another milestone for the Juve center back as Giorgio Chiellini passed Giampiero Boniperti for seventh in all-time Juventus appearances. “Chiello” is now only behind Dino Zoff (476), Roberto Bettega (482), Giuseppe Furino (528), Gaetano Scirea (552), Gigi Buffon (642) and Alex Del Piero (705) on the all-time list.


    Juve’s Brazilian winger was flying on Tuesday night as Douglas Costa caused Tottenham plenty of problems down both wings. Playing in a more central role at times, Costa had a big effect on the match completing four out of four dribbles on the evening while drawing a penalty kick late in the first half. In the second half, he was a spark plug as well for Juve nearly creating goals on multiple occasions.


    We’ve seen many teams crumble when Juve takes a lead at home, but credit has to be given to a Tottenham side that kept fighting to stem the tide. The away side was able to get a crucial goal back before half-time and they competed the comeback through Cristian Eriksen’s free kick.


    It’s the time of the year where the games come thick and fast, and the Bianconeri will have to quickly turn their sights with the final Derby Della Mole set for Sunday afternoon at the Stadio Olimpico. It’s never easy traveling to face the cross-town rivals and Juve will look to bring a strong effort.

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