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Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs

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    March 9, 2018 7:11 AM +0330

    For an hour at Wembley, with the quarter-finals of the Champions League beckoning and the scalp of Juventus already partially hacked from canary‑yellow neck, Tottenham found themselves playing like a team in the process of becoming something else, of forgetting, just for an hour, to be Spurs. Nike Colin Kaepernick Youth Olive/USA Flag Limited Jersey: #7 NFL San Francisco 49ers 2017 Salute To ServiceIt will be a crushing disappointment Mauricio Pochettino’s team failed to hold their momentum long enough to see out this tie. But it is also tribute to the pure footballing will of opponents who seemed at times on the verge of being outmuscled; to the transformative power of a match-changing foul on Dele Alli; Womens Troy Tulowitzki Jerseyand to the incisive brilliance of Paulo Dybala, who took his one chance to decide the tie. Turning points always come into focus in retrospect. Even then the narrative depends on other details. Had Womens Terrell Owens Jersey Harry Kane’s shot bounced in off the post near the end this could have been a tale of harum-scarum never-say-die victory. Instead the turning point arrived 10 minutes after half-time, at the end of an ugly period during which Juventus reacted to Tottenham’s bruising pressure by making a conscious effort to kick their way back to physical parity. Giorgio Chiellini will have more elegant games than this. Here he and his fellow defenders were asked to work and were given a deeply uncomfortable night. At times in the opening 20 minutes at Wembley Kane had Chiellini if not on toast, then crammed, half-in, half-out of an open Kane sandwich as he jostled and hustled and turned with his back to goal. Chiellini stumbled, but he adjusted also and with 55 minutes gone produced a wonderful moment of calculated ugliness. Taking the ball near the touchline Alli looked up and prepared to skip inside. As he did so Chiellini appeared, barging into Tottenham’s chief playmaker like a stuntman hurling himself shoulder first through a plate-glass window. Alli had been a source of constant irritation in that opening hour, prancing forward with the ball at his feet, producing some audacious flicks. Outside him Son Hueng-min had been the real star, his duel with Andrea Barzagli a gripping, bruising piece of theatre. Midway through the first half Barzagli could be committing an act of genuinely nasty revenge-defence. Leaping under a high ball he barged Son to the floor, then twice stamped on the Korean’s thigh as he came down. Indeed, at times in those early moments Barzagli looked offended as much as anything else. This is John Randle Youth jersey a player who has entered that grizzled dotage of Italian defence, one of the age-old snarling Easter Island heads at the heart of this Juve team. And yet Son just kept yapping away at him fearlessly, head up, showing off that beautifully natural ability to turn on to both feet. wholesale jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys free shippingwholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys from china wholesale jerseys