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Champions League: Juventus comes back to beat Tottenham 2-1

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Gonzalo and scored twice inside three minutes as Juventus stunned Tottenham with a second-half fightback to reach the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory.

While Juventus collapsed in the first leg to draw 2-2, it was Tottenham's turn at to throw away a winning position and go out with a 4-3 aggregate loss.

When capped a dominant first half for Tottenham with a goal, it should have been a platform to build on for a team without a domestic league title in 57 years against one that's won the last six titles.

But a pair of substitutions and a tactical shift -- from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 -- by Massimiliano Allegri transformed the last-16 match.

And it was pair of Argentines that ended the hopes of compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, the

struck from close range in the 64th minute and then created the winner, holding off three Tottenham players before feeding Dybala to net his first goal of the season.

From a position of strength, this was a capitulation stemming from a loss of concentration and composure by the hosts.

"I think we conceded three chances and they scored twice," Pochettino said.

"I am disappointed because we missed a lot of chances and because the team deserved more."

There was one chance to force the game into extra time in the 90th. Harry Kane's header hit the post and the ball crept across Gianluigi Buffon's goal line before being hooked clear by

"It's the history of Tottenham," Juventus defender said.

"They always create many chances to score ... but at the end they miss something."

For Tottenham, which beat holder Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage, there would be no third quarterfinal in its history. Instead Pochettino's side became the first English side to be eliminated in the this season.

Chelsea and Manchester United will complete their second legs next week, but two clubs are already through.

A day after ousted Porto, Manchester City advanced Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Basel despite losing 2-1 at the

Unlike City, Spurs lacked a comfortable lead to be so relaxed. But they had chances to build one early in the second leg.

Son forced an early save out of and Kane broke past Chiellini and rounded the only to hit the side netting.

When Tottenham rues its second-half collapse, it should remember how fortunate it was to avoid losing a and conceding a penalty in the 17th minute when was tripped by

Tottenham's breakthrough came after Dele Alli had given a comfortable save and Son skewed a shot wide.

slipped the ball through to Alli but intervened with a The ball reached on the right and a cross was whipped in for Son, whose scuffed shot found its way into the net.

For a used to yielding the spotlight to Kane, Son is emerging as a similarly potent force in the team with five goals in his last three goals -- 16 in all competitions this season.

But Juventus was not going to go down without a fight.

Just look at how Chiellini charged into Alli to cut out his run after the break, earning a booking.

Then came the double substitution around the hour mark that turned the game in Juve's favour.

came on for Blaise Matuidi, while replaced Medhi Benatia. And it was Lichtsteiner's cross that headed on to at the far post to reduce the deficit.

Before Tottenham could regroup it was trailing after Dybala raced onto Higuain's pass and lifted the ball over

"We said, 'Keep calm and the chances surely would arrive,'" Chiellini said.

"We had to be concentrated and score when we had the chance. We did it."

While Juventus now chase a third appearance in a final in four seasons, Tottenham try to hold on to their top-four position in the to secure their return to the competition next season.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 11:05 IST