While one may have just recaptured his place in Jorge Sampaoli’s squad and the other has been left out, Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala combined to send Juventus through to the Champions League quarter finals after a dramatic victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Two goals from the Argentinian pair inside three second-half minutes were enough to destroy Tottenham’s Champions League ambitions and ensure Juve take a place once more in the last eight.
Following the 2-2 draw in Turin, the tie remained in the balance but it was Spurs back at Wembley who dominated for large parts of the first half. Juve may have been denied a clear penalty but when Son Hueng-min bobbled in the opening goal shortly before the break, the Biaconeri could have few complaints.
Tottenham looked comfortable but Maximiliano Allegri threw on Kwadwo Asomoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner to stretch Spurs and almost immediately it paid off with the latter crossing from the right for Sami Khedira to flick on and Higuaín to apply the outstretched boot to volley in.
Juve still needed another but didn’t need to wait long as Dybala picked the ball up close to halfway, turned and slipped in Dybala to run clear and finish past Hugo Lloris.
Paulo Dybala has now scored 19 goals in all competitions for Juventus this season, equalling his total for Juventus last season.
He’s done it in 16 games less. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/lTheHhY0U6
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Higuaín has now scored nine goals in his last seven matches for Juventus in all competitions and for all the talk of the centre forward failing under pressure, his three goals and an assist secured victory against Spurs.
Pipita is already back in Sampaoli’s plans and looks a strong bet to be on the plane to Russia but Dybala’s reaction to falling out of favour has been superb. The 24-year-old may have struggled to fit in alongside Lionel Messi but remains a genuine match winner and is surely worth a place in the World Cup squad.