Tottenham Hotspur took control of the second half of the first leg of this series, and continued that play in the first half of this game, taking a 1-0 lead on the night through a goal by Son Heung-Min. After that though, is when it all turned. Juve roared back in the second half on Wednesday, and tied the series with a goal by Gonzalo Higuain after a cross was headed on to him at the back post. Just two minutes later, Juventus got the winner, Higuain made a nice turn with the ball to get free, and then played through a wide open Paulo Dybala, who ran onto goal and made no mistake for the winning goal of the tie. Tottenham had a few chances late but couldn’t crack the Juventus defense. This was a huge win for Juventus, and a great performance for Higuain (so much for not showing up in big games). For Tottenham, it was another instance of being so close, but just not making it through. It will be a hard night for Spurs and their fans, wondering what could have been.
The U.S. bounced back from their draw with France over the weekend to beat England 1-0 and win the third annual She Believes Cup. The game wasn’t great, with the U.S. limited by injuries and a midfield that was not able to impose itself on the game, but they were able to get the goal that mattered to win the game. Megan Rapinoe got the goal for the U.S., her second of the tournament, and she continues to be a key player for this team. The overall tournament wasn’t pretty, but the U.S. won it, and hopefully this will give them confidence to accomplish their goals the rest of the year.
It was a great week for MLS teams, as all three left in the CONCACAF Champions League beat their Liga MX opponents. On Wednesday night Toronto FC beat Tigres 2-1, coming back after Tigres took a 1-0 lead in the second half, with goals by Jozy Altidore and Johnathan Osorio. This was an impressive fight back for Toronto, and a win over this Tigres team, which has won so much lately in Liga MX, was the most impressive win for a MLS team against a non-MLS opponent in a long time. In the late game, Seattle beat Chivas 1-0, with the winner coming from Clint Dempsey. Dempsey was rested against Los Angeles Football Club for this match, and as he has so often for Seattle and the U.S., he delivered in the end.
This week saw two more Champions League knockout games for two of the goalkeeping legends of all time, Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas. Buffon helped lead Juventus past Tottenham, and Casillas had an impressive game for Porto in a 0-0 draw vs Liverpool (Liverpool won the first leg 5-0). These two have been at the top of the goalkeeping game for almost their whole careers. FourFourTwo takes a look at who are the top 10 goalkeepers in the 21st century.
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