Juventus produced two goals inside three second-half minutes to end any hope for Tottenham to progress in the Champions League by a 2-1 victory (4-3 on aggregate) in their last-16 match.
Spurs started with high-hopes nonetheless, with a goal following a scramble from Son Heung-Min strengthening the London club’s away goal advantage at Wembley.
They also saw both Son and Premier League top-striker Harry Kane wasting chances, while Juventus were denied a clear penalty when Douglas Costa was brought down by Jan Vertonghen.
But despite their control of proceedings, Sami Khedira’s flick was turned in through Gonzalo Higuain’s volley, giving Juventus a 64th-minute lifeline — which they capitalised on ruthlessly and Paulo Dybala raced clear for a decisive left-footed finish three minutes later.
It meant that Tottenham would get the undesirable record of being the third side out of 13 to have drawn 2-2 away from home in the first leg of the Champions League knockout stages to be eliminated — after Bayern Munich against AC Milan in 2007 and Porto against Manchester United in 2009.
Still, it gives testimony to Spurs’ ability as they scored 3 out of 4 goals Juventus conceded in 21 games, although the Italian champions were also unbeaten throughout the span of those games.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was “proud” of his side despite the end of his side’s European hopes.
“In less than three minutes we conceded two goals — two big mistakes — and that is why we are out,” he said. “In both legs we deserved more. We played fantastic football until that first goal and we dominated.”
“We are very disappointed, but it is part of growing. We will keep going.It was tough but very positive for the future. You need this type of game and experience to build you as a player to compete at this level.”
“They only came to our goal two or three times — not much — but they have quality so if you make a mistake they will score.”