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SHELL-SHOCKED

The Argentine forward displayed excellent technique to volley the hosts into the lead before converting a penalty

The Champions League is back with a bang.

Spurs endured a nightmare start in Turin as Gonzalo Higuain put Juventus one-nil up inside two minutes in the round of 16 first leg.

Mauricio Pochettino would have been hoping for a tight start but when Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic around 35 yards from goal, the hosts saw an opportunity to strike early.

The Bosnian playmaker cleverly chipped the ball into the Old Lady’s No9 when most Spurs defenders were expecting a deep cross to the back post.

Higuain displayed excellent technique to let the ball drop over his shoulder before volleying low past Hugo Lloris.

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A devastating one-two combo

And the visitors were visibly shell-shocked by the early blow.

Six minutes later Juve were awarded a penalty when Federico Bernardeschi beat Ben Davies to a dropping cross.

The Wales left-back caught the ex-Fiorentina midfielder a fraction late but with considerable force and the referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot.

Lloris guessed correctly from the spot-kick but could only deflect Higuain’s effort into the bottom corner with his fingertips.

Higuain’s brace is the quickest in Champions League history.

Eight goals in his last four and a bit games…

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