Leicester City sack manager Claude Puel a day after Crystal Palace thrashing

first_imgPremier League side Leicester City said on Sunday they have parted company with manager Claude Puel, with the club sitting 12th in the league standings.Puel, 57, had been unable to get Leicester out of a recent slump with the club losing five of their last six league matches, and a 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday compounded their misery.”The club would like to thank Claude for his efforts in leading the team during his 16 months in the role and wish him well in his future career,” Leicester said in a statement.”Assistant manager Jacky Bonnevay also departs with the club’s best wishes.”First team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler, supported by the club’s established backroom staff, will assume responsibility for the senior squad while the club begins the process of appointing a new manager.”Puel had been appointed Leicester manager in October 2017 when they were 14th in the standings and the Frenchman led the club to a ninth-placed finish in his first season.Although the club were in seventh place at the turn of the year, they had a dismal start to 2019, suffering four consecutive home defeats.Earlier this month, Peter Schmeichel, father of Leicester keeper Kasper, said the club did not have a manager capable of getting the best out of the players and indicated that his son might be looking to move.Leicester’s Jamie Vardy had also been critical of Puel’s style of play this season although Puel said there was no rift with the striker.advertisementLeicester’s next game is a league trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.Also Read | Roy Hodgson becomes oldest-ever Premier League manager, marks occasion with Crystal Palace winAlso Read | Massive opportunity lost for us: Mauricio Pochettino disappointed with Tottenham lossAlso See:last_img read more

Jordan Sterns is Oklahoma State’s Most Irreplaceable Senior

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Jordan Sterns is a hard hitter. He has been since he got to Stillwater. An attribute that his head coach will miss about the senior safety.“I think his demeanor, his willingness to strike the other team” Gundy said. “It goes against human nature to want to collide with another human body, and I don’t think he gives a second thought about it. He brings a toughness to our program, and especially our defense.”Sterns has led the team in tackles each of the last three years and is just four stops away from his third straight triple-digit season. That didn’t look a realistic feat three weeks ago. That was until Sterns churned out a 19-tackle performance in Norman, tying an OSU single-game record.Junior defensive back Ramon Richards, like many members of the Cowboy defense, will be losing a leader.“Jordan has had more impact on me than anybody since I’ve been here at Oklahoma State,” said Richards, “He’s been a guy who’s led by example. He doesn’t talk the most, but when he does talk, it’s very impactful. If he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He’s just a great leader.”Glenn Spencer’s has had Sterns in his lineup his entire tenure as defensive coordinator.“He comes in every day, he’s just a ballplayer,” Spencer said. “He’s always wanted to be good, always has brought an intensity to our room that you’ve got to have. I wish there was a lot more like him.”Now Sterns heads to San Antonio (the area where he grew up) to finish out his Cowboy career.Hopefully on a good note.last_img read more

Watch: Top OSU Receiver Target Breaks Long Jump Record

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. This apparently was not the first time he broke the school record according to a tweet from April 14.NEW SCHOOL LONG JUMP RECORD!!??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 14, 2017But long jumping is not the only reason to love Moore as a prospect.At 6 foot 5, he would be the tallest receiver on the roster next season. That’s one inch taller than senior outside threat Marcell Ateman. Give Moore a couple years to fill in and factor in Rob Glass and Co.’s potential influence and you’ve got an absolute freak on your hands.Currently, Moore has all you could want from a high school prospect — speed, size, good hands and he’s stronger than he looks.Cue the Jelani Woods-to-CJ Moore highlights. You must be this tall to ride this ride. There’s a lot to like about CJ Moore.The 2018 wide receiver prospect is the current No. 3. high school player in Oklahoma according to 247Sports. He’s also got the size and skill that causes offensive coaches to salivate and keeps defensive coaches up at night.The Tulsa Union product recently whittled down his list of top schools to six. Oklahoma State made the cut. If Kasey Dunn hopes to keep this premiere talent in-state, he’ll have to fend off the likes of Ohio State, Ole Miss, and Oregon.Strangely enough, Oklahoma has yet to offer one of the premiere talents in the state. But you can bet more invitations are on the horizon as Moore looks to follow up a breakout junior season this fall.Moore recently showed off his athleticism with this ridiculous long jump, breaking the Union High School record. (It looks like they need to dig a longer pit.)new school record again!! 24″9.5 pic.twitter.com/h7pDHDbbRP— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) April 28, 2017last_img read more

OSU Receiver Pledge McKaufman Eligible in 2017

first_imgNEO wide receiver Patrick McKaufman, a 6-5 prospect who committed to Oklahoma State this week, confirmed to Pistols Firing on Thursday that he will be on campus for the 2017 season as first reported by Scout.com and The Oklahoman’s Kyle Fredrickson.“I plan to move in July 5, which is on a Wednesday. Classes and workouts sessions start on July 10,” McKaufman told Pistols Firing. “I’m not taking any classes at the moment, so right now I’m just working out and enjoying the time I have to spend with my family.”McKaufman, a 2016 graduate from Douglass High School, says he has three years of eligibility remaining — and he plans on spending season no. 1 on the sidelines redshirting.AdChoices广告“I’ll have three years of eligibility left,” McKaufman explained. “It will be kind of late for me coming in July, so we sat down and talked about, and I’m going to redshirt my first year, then I’ll play in the spring and so on.”With OSU’s depth at receiver next season in James Washington, Marcell Ateman, Jalen McCleskey and Tyron Johnson, a redshirt year will give McKaufman a chance to study under some of OSU’s best talents at the position as he prepares for the 2018 season.As a freshman at NEO last season, he caught 13 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns in his transition year from quarterback at Douglass to wide receiver for the Golden Norsemen. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Previewing the Schedule: Can Texas Tech Be as Potent Without Pat Mahomes?

first_imgOklahoma State’s first 2017 conference road game is in Lubbock, Texas, a town where they’ve won four straight. That’s the recent trend in a series dating back to 1935. Surprisingly, OSU is slightly in the red against the Red Raiders (20-21-3).But as of late, OSU has owned Tech, winning the last eight meetings. The last time the Red Raiders got a win in the series, Kliff Kingsbury was one year removed from his playing days and was a first-year quality control coach at Houston.ParticularsWhen: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at TBDAdChoices广告TV: TBDWhere: Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas (Capacity: 60,454)Last meeting: In 2016, Oklahoma State held on for a wild 45-44 finish after Texas Tech missed a PAT that many thought should have been a 2-point conversion attempt. The Cowboys used a little luck to get their eighth win. It was also the debut of OSU’s polarizing barbed-wire, “Ed Hardy” helmets.OffenseTexas Tech’s offense has been the stuff of legend — or at least the stuff of highlight reels. The Red Raiders have been top-five nationally in scoring offense the last two seasons behind now Kansas City Chief Patrick Mahomes. It led the nation in total yards in 2016 and came in second to Baylor in 2015. But Mahomes is gone and his backup for the last two years, former Iowa QB Nic Shimonek, looks to be the next in line. We will find out if this offense is truly plug-and-play.Tech does return several weapons, but leading receiver Jonathan Giles felt transferring to the new Matt Canada offense at LSU — and sitting out a year — was better than sticking around for his junior season in Lubbock. Keke Coutee, Cameron Batson and Dylan Cantrell are still there and will likely be top targets for Shimonek.The Red Raiders’ top three running backs are back in Da’Leon Ward, Demarcus Felton and Justin Stockton. But those three combined for just 936 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago. Tech was dead last in the Big 12, rushing for just 103.6 yards per game at 3.2 yards per carry. It led the nation in passing yards but depended far too much on Mahomes’ arm and athleticism. That won’t be an option in 2017. To give Shimonek and the struggling defense a chance, Tech’s running game is going to need an exorcism.DefenseHere’s where it gets ugly. The thing about defense is — the Red Raiders don’t play much of it. Now you could argue that a prolific up-tempo offense that averaged a nation-leading 86.8 plays per game puts extra stress on its defense. Which it does. But there are several teams in the Big 12 in that ballpark who manage to put up some semblance of resistance to scoring. Tech ranked last in scoring defense and total defense in the nation. That’s 128th out of 128. The were better than only Oregon in defensive points per drive and opponent first downs.And there’s really not a lot that leads us to believe it will take a huge step forward in 2017. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs is back for his third crack at pulling off a miracle. The Raiders do return Jordyn Brooks, the true freshman linebacker who led the team in tackles last season, and young safeties like Jah’Shawn Johnson and Kisean Allen. The turnover of the senior-laden 2016 defense may not be a bad thing (see above stats). If Gibbs is going to right this ship, it will be on the backs of these young players.Tech also returns linebacker Dakota Allen who spent a one-year hiatus with East Mississippi Community College. After two years in Lubbock, Allen was released from the program after being indicted on a second-degree felony count of burglary. He’s apparently done enough in a year to not only return to the Division-I ranks — but to return to the same team! He finished his redshirt freshman season in 2015 with 87 total tackles and six tackles for loss. And Gibbs will apparently take all the help he can get.Key MatchupOklahoma State’s offense with Tech’s defense.Okay, seriously. Tech was porous in the ground game last season allowing 5.7 yards per carry and 37 touchdowns. As Oklahoma State continues to polish its own running game, this will be at worst a good practice in controlling the field opposite a high-tempo offense.ConclusionKingsbury is the only Big 12 coach to win his first seven games. Unfortunately, he’s 17-26 since that historic start. The Cowboys have a much better team and a much better coach. During the Cowboys’ eight-game win streak against the Red Raiders, they’re +21 in average scoring margin, but lately they seem to be close games down the wire. I think Oklahoma State is too good, regardless and makes it five straight in Lubbock.Summer PredictionOklahoma State wins 42-32. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Debuts at No. 10 in AP Poll

first_imgAfter coming in at No. 11 in the preseason Coaches Poll, Oklahoma State is No. 10 in the first AP Poll of the 2017 season. These of course mean nothing when it comes to post season play — that is, if you believe all voters for the CFB Playoffs disregard polls and only evaluate what’s happening on the field ? — but they’re still fun to talk about.This is just OSU’s third time in the Gundy era to start in the top 10 of the AP Poll. In its previous 91 seasons before Gundy, it did it exactly zero times.Here is the full AP top 25. 200995– 13LSU–784 18Miami–492 2007––– 7Oklahoma–1,170 19South Florida–327 RankSchoolFirst Place VotesOverall Votes 2008–716 AdChoices广告Here’s a look at where the Pokes have started each season of the Mike Gundy era. In the previous two seasons in which OSU was ranked inside the top 10 to start the year, they finished unranked (2009) and No. 3 (2011) to end the season. 2014–15– 10Oklahoma State–889 201313617 20Kansas State–317 9Wisconsin–926 14Stanford–695 17Florida–624 2011923 15Georgia–690 12Auburn–880 4USC21,325 22West Virginia–207 21Virginia Tech–240center_img 2016211011 23Texas–173 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 5Clemson–1,201 8Washington–1,150 2010–1013 6Penn State–1,196 2006––– 16Louisville–629 3Florida State41,396 20121918– 1Alabama521,513 YearAP DebutAp HighAP Finish How does head coach Mike Gundy evaluate these rankings?“I think that preseason polls have a lot to do with returning quarterbacks that have experience, and we’re the same,” said Gundy recently. “When you go into the season and you don’t have a quarterback that has any experience, you don’t have a clue what’s going to happen in most cases.“So for me, what I said a second ago is exactly what I told the team. We have experience at key positions on both sides of the ball. We have an experienced quarterback, we have skill players that are potentially good enough to someday play in the NFL and we have numbers of depth that have played on both sides. So for that reason, you guys should play well this year. That’s really how I believe it. I always tell (the team) that. I say ‘You guys have a lot of ground to make up here because we don’t have a lot of experience,’ but with these guys, they have to do all of the things that are important to get ready to play.“But they know that if they prepare and do everything they can and are unselfish and committed, then my expectations of them are to play very well on Saturdays. I don’t see any reasons why they shouldn’t.” 2015–420 201710?? 2Ohio State31,414 25Tennessee–114 2005––– 11Michigan–881 24Washington State–133last_img read more

No FIFA action on Neymar bonus

first_imgBarcelona FIFA closes Neymar’s Barcelona bonus case Dom Farrell 22:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Neymar - cropped AFP Barcelona PSG Ligue 1 Primera División UEFA Champions League Neymar The Brazilian has claimed that he is owed a €30m bonus payment from the Catalan giants, but the governing body has stepped away from the case Barcelona will face no action from FIFA in relation to an unpaid bonus to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar.The Brazil forward completed a world-record €222 million move from Barca to PSG in August after the Ligue 1 giants sensationally met his release clause.Neymar claims he is still entitled to a €30m renewal bonus after signing a contract extension at Camp Nou until 2021, although Barca maintain that terms of that agreement were breached when the 26-year-old joined PSG. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp FIFA has confirmed they will step away from the dispute after legal action was taken elsewhere over the same complaint.A statement released by world football’s governing body read: “After having been made aware that, apparently, the same matter had been submitted in parallel before different jurisdictions by the same party, the FIFA administration informed the parties to the dispute that based on the long-standing and well-established jurisprudence of FIFA’s deciding bodies, it did not seem to be in a position to continue with the investigation of the affair.”The proceedings were therefore closed for formal reasons.”Neymar has impressed at PSG this season, scoring 28 goals in 29 appearances for Unai Emery’s side.last_img read more

Why €100m Griezmann is Barca’s top target

first_imgTransfers Why €100 million Griezmann remains Barcelona’s top transfer target Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid Getty Transfers Primera División Antoine Griezmann Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid The France forward is in fantastic form for Atletico ahead of Sunday’s trip to Camp Nou, but the Catalan club hope he will be on their team in 2018-19 Antoine Griezmann is the man of the moment. With seven goals in his last two games, the 26-year-old will be the biggest threat to Barcelona’s unbeaten record and also their title hopes as Atletico travel to the Catalan capital on Sunday.A few weeks ago, Diego Simeone’s side looked to be out of the race for La Liga, but the Rojiblancos have gained ground on Barca and the gap is only five points now. Thanks, in part, to Griezmann, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Sevilla last weekend and followed up with all four goals against Leganes on Wednesday.”Now, let’s go to Barcelona to see if we can do something beautiful,” the France forward said after that 4-0 victory. “We have 12 games left and we are going to try to win all of them and we will see how far we can go.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Griezmann, who now has 103 goals in 193 appearances for Atletico and is clearly benefitting from the return of Diego Costa and the Brazilian’s ability to drop deep and drag defenders away to create more spaces, also revealed he hoped to score at Camp Nou on Sunday.But Barca boss Ernesto Valverde said: “Well, I would rather he saved his goals for another time.” Presumably, he means some time in future – as a Barcelona player.Griezmann considered leaving Atletico last summer, but ultimately stayed due to the club’s transfer ban. However, his prohibitive release clause of €200 million drops down to €100m in June and he will be Barca’s top transfer target for next season.Valverde would not be drawn on that in the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “As for his future, I can’t tell you,” he said. “But he is a player who is in excellent form at the moment.”Despite his recent flurry of goals, there are still many who cannot see exactly how Griezmann would fit in at Barca. But the Blaugrana are determined to make him their player in the summer and have been told by the Frenchman’s advisers that he is keen on a move to Camp Nou.Griezmann 103 goals graphicFinancially, at least, a move makes sense. Not so long ago, €100m was what the world’s most expensive players cost. But not now. After Neymar’s €222m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, even the 20-year-old Ousmane Dembele went for in excess of €100m last summer. And, in January, Barca paid €120m, plus a possible €40m in variables, for Philippe Coutinho.In the meantime, a possible price of around €200m is being quoted for Tottenham’s Harry Kane. Forward players who can guarantee goals are always more expensive and a 27-year-old Griezmann – it is his birthday later this month – for €100m would be smart business for Barca.How he would fit in is up to Valverde, but he could play either alongside Luis Suarez, with Lionel Messi dropping deeper, or as a winger with the Uruguayan further forward. It would give the Blaugrana an embarrassment of riches in attack.And, with Messi 31 this year and Suarez already that age, the thinking is that a move for Griezmann, following the arrivals of Dembele and Coutinho, would continue the transition to a younger attack to complement and ultimately replace some of the ageing players at Camp Nou.Before attempting to buy him, however, Barca will first have to try and stop him.last_img read more

Can hopes to avoid all-English quarter-final

first_imgLiverpool Can hoping Liverpool can avoid all-English quarter-final Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 13:28 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Liverpool Liverpool v Porto Porto UEFA Champions League Videos With several English clubs set for the Champions League quarter-finals, the midfielder would prefer to avoid them Liverpool midfielder Emre Can would prefer to avoid playing an English club in the Champions League quarter-finals.Jurgen Klopp’s men cruised through the last 16, drawing 0-0 with Porto on Tuesday to complete a 5-0 aggregate success.There could be five English clubs in the last eight, with Tottenham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United potentially joining Liverpool. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp While Can is unfazed by his team’s next opponents, he would like to avoid facing a fellow Premier League club.”I think you are wrong if you play a Champions League game and you don’t find motivation,” he said.”I think it was OK, we did our job and we are through the round. I prefer to not play an English team, but I don’t care who.”Overcoming Porto saw Liverpool into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09, and while Can would like to avoid another English side, midfield partner Jordan Henderson says it doesn’t matter who Liverpool come up against. “It doesn’t matter,” he told BT Sport. “They are all big teams and good teams. Whoever you get, you’ve got to be prepared to go and win. So it doesn’t matter. We’ll be ready.“This is the business end of the season. The next few months are very important for us as a team, we’ve got some big games coming up. We’ve got to keep going, keep working hard and put in performances like we have been – then the results will follow.”Liverpool return to Premier League action Saturday with a crucial match against Manchester United.last_img read more

Higuain & Dybala leave Spurs stunned

first_imgTottenham 1 Juventus 2 (3-4 agg): Higuain and Dybala complete dramatic comeback Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 8/3/2018 Higuaín Dybala Juventus Tottenham Champions League 07032018 Getty Images Two goals in three minutes from Juventus’ Argentinian attacking duo saw them knock Tottenham out of the Champions League in the last 16. Juventus came from a goal down to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday and secure a 4-3 aggregate victory in their Champions League last-16 tie.Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala each scored in the space of three minutes in the second half to send the Serie A champions into the quarter-finals.Spurs became the first team ever to overturn a two-goal deficit at the Allianz Stadium in the first leg and picked up where they left off at Wembley, with Son Heung-min giving them a deserved half-time lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp However, a change in system and personnel from Massimiliano Allegri turned the match on its head, with Higuain levelling the match before setting up Dybala to score his first Champions League goal in 330 days.Mauricio Pochettino’s side pushed hard in the closing stages but they could not find a goal to send the tie into extra time, as Juve became the first team to beat Spurs in the competition this season and secure their spot in the last eight.02:49 – Juventus have scored with their first two shots on target in this match, with just two minutes & 49 seconds separating the two goals. Quickfire. #TOTJUV — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 7, 2018 Spurs kept Juve pegged back in the opening exchanges but were dealt a huge slice of luck by referee Szymon Marciniak 17 minutes in, as Jan Vertonghen escaped punishment for a clumsy challenge on Douglas Costa in the penalty area.Buffon was certainly the busier of the goalkeepers, though, the veteran making two good saves from Son and one smart stop from Dele Alli’s volley, while Juve found it difficult to bring the front two of Higuain and Dybala into the action.There was another controversial incident that escaped the referee’s notice half an hour in, with Andrea Barzagli standing on Son before flicking a boot in his direction as the South Korean lay on the ground.Son had the last laugh six minutes before the break, though, scuffing a shot over Giorgio Chiellini and Buffon and into the net after being picked out by Kieran Trippier’s cross.Heung-Min Son has 16 goals in all competitions this season – 14 of them at Wembley. #UCL pic.twitter.com/cvxerHC8VL — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 7, 2018 Allegri made a tactical switch 60 minutes in, bringing on Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah, and the latter almost had an immediate impact when his cross was turned into Dybala’s path, but the Argentina forward blazed wide.The change did prove telling four minutes later. Lichtsteiner escaped down the right and clipped over a cross, Sami Khedira nodded the ball goalwards, and Higuain prodded it past Hugo Lloris and into the net.1 – Gonzalo Higuain has both scored and assisted in a Champions League game for the first time for Juventus. Essential. pic.twitter.com/WH6FA3lVjz — OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 7, 2018 It was Juve’s first shot on target and they duly scored with their second just two minutes and 49 seconds later. Higuain drew Davinson Sanchez out of position and played a fine reverse pass to Dybala, who raced through on Lloris’ goal and fired the ball into the top-right corner.Spurs regrouped and pushed forward in search of an equaliser, with Chiellini making a vital interception right in front of goal and Son shooting inches wide of the left-hand post.Harry Kane had made little impact but he almost snatched a 90th-minute equaliser, his header coming back off the post before being hooked off the line by Barzagli, as Juve just held on to keep their treble pursuit alive.Key Opta stats:- Tottenham became only 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 Milan in 2007 and Porto against Manchester United in 2009.- Juventus have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals in three of the last four campaigns. This was the first time they have progressed against an English side in five attempts in the tournament.- The Old Lady have now gone 21 matches without a defeat in all competitions, the longest such ongoing run of all the sides in the top five European leagues. Of the four goals they have conceded in those 21 matches, Spurs have bagged three of them (75 per cent).- Tottenham conceded more than one goal in a home Champions League game for just the second time, having previously done so in September 2016 against Monaco (lost 1-2) read morelast_img read more