Kane scores late winner from halfway line!
Juventus 2-3 Spurs
Sun 21 July 2019, 15:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane lobbed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny from the halfway line in stoppage time to give us a 3-2 win over Juventus in Singapore on Sunday.
The striker, who had missed a clutch of earlier opportunities, spotted the keeper off his line after Lucas Moura tackled Adrien Rabiot in the centre of the pitch and some quick thinking from the England front man saw him sensationally loft the ball home in the 93rd minute, making it a winning start to our pre-season campaign.
Erik Lamela had given us a first-half lead at the Singapore National Stadium after young striker Troy Parrott's effort was saved but Juve, now managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, turned the International Champions Cup clash around in the early stages of the second period with a quickfire double from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.
New signing Tanguy Ndombele stepped off the bench and, within two minutes, supplied a sumptuous through ball for Lucas to make it 2-2 on 65 minutes.
Kane and Higuain went close at either end with 10 minutes to go but, with penalties looming, Kane provided one for the highlight reel against Juve's former Arsenal goalkeeper from just inside their half - much to the delight of the Spurs fans inside the stadium!
Teenage striker Parrott came straight in to start as he enjoyed his first involvement in a matchday squad - one of six Academy graduates in the initial XI and 11 used overall during the game.
Heung-Min Son and Ronaldo traded chances at either end - Son's first one hitting the near post from the left angle inside four minutes - but we played well and deserved the lead given to us by Lamela on the half-hour. Parrott was denied by Gianluigi Buffon after a breakaway but the Argentine was alive to the rebound and slotted in.
Paulo Gazzaniga denied Mario Mandžukić with a header moments later and sprawled down to his right to make another save early in the second half as Ronaldo's dazzling forward pass hit substitute Jan Vertonghen and trickled towards the net. We were then somehow denied a penalty as Lucas went down under a challenge from behind in the box - the referee waved play on.
The chances were flowing as the second half went on and after Lucas flashed a shot inches wide, Higuain equalised when he played a little one-two with Federico Bernardeschi and hammered home. That was on 56 minutes - within seconds, Kane's downward header grazed the woodwork but on the hour, Ronaldo converted Mattia De Sciglio's cut-back from the left to put Juve 2-1 in front.
Ndombele announced his arrival in style with a lovely through ball for Lucas to turn home a 65th-minute equaliser just after coming on and almost scored himself with his next touch. Gazzaniga then saved Bernardeschi's screamer but we continued to have the better of the game, Kane curling just off-target after an excellent run from deep by Moussa Sissoko, although Higuain could have won it for Juventus in the 81st minute but dragged his shot wide when free in the box. Then came Kane's majestic stoppage-time finish from just inside Juve's half, the ball sailing over the helpless Szczesny to put the icing on the cake of a positive outing. Next up, Manchester United in Shanghai on Thursday.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino was pleased with the way the players came through a tough opening pre-season game.
"I'm very happy, I think the performance was very good," he said. "The priority wasn't to win but always it's nice to win and to beat a side like Juventus. I'm happy with the performance of the team and the young players - for a lot of players to make their debuts, I think it's a fantastic opportunity and we need to be happy because all have finished in a good condition."
On Harry's winner, Mauricio added: "It was an unbelievable goal. It's this type, this class of player that when on the pitch that situation can happen. This is why he is one of the best strikers in the world. There's no doubt about Harry Kane - he's one of the best. I'm happy for him because after the (Champions League) Final, to start the pre-season in the first game scoring a goal like this is going to build his confidence and that's always important for the team."
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Juventus 2-3 Spurs
Juventus (4-3-3): Buffon (Szczesny 46), Cancelo, Rugani (Demiral 46), Bonucci (c) (De Ligt 63), De Sciglio, Can (Rabiot 46), Pjanic (Muratore 76), Matuidi (Kastanos 76), Bernardeschi, Mandzukic (Higuain 46), Ronaldo (Pereira 63). Substitutes (not used): Pinsoglio, Loria, Di Pardo, Coccolo, Beruatto, Toure, Frederiksen, Mavididi.
Spurs (4-3-1-2): Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters (Marsh 71), Alderweireld (c) (Foyth 46), Tanganga (Vertonghen 46), Georgiou (White 71), Skipp (Bowden 90+2), Winks (Roles 63), Dele (Sissoko 46), Lamela (Ndombele 63), Son (Lucas 46), Parrott (Kane 46). Substitutes (not used): De Bie, Whiteman, Lyons-Foster, Eriksen.
Goals: Juventus - Higuain 56, Ronaldo 60; Spurs - Lamela 30, Lucas 65, Kane 90+3.
Yellow card: Spurs - Parrott 44.
Referee: Ahmad A'Qashah.
Venue: Singapore National Stadium.
Weather: Partly cloudy, 29 degrees.