Monday 16 September 2019

WATCH: Impressive Troy Parrott sets up opener for Tottenham against Juventus

Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (L) is congratulated by teammate Troy Parrott
Tottenham Hotspur's Erik Lamela (L) is congratulated by teammate Troy Parrott
Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Clarke

Ireland's Troy Parrott got a taste of first-team football with Tottenham for the first time today after he was named in the starting 11 to face Juventus.

Mauricio Pochettino's Champions League runners-up are taking on the Italian champions in Singapore on a pre-season tour with 17-year-old Parrott named alongside Dele Alli and Son in the Spurs attack.

And Parrott has been impressive so far, playing a crucial role in the opening goal by Erik Lamela. Parrott skipped over a challenge in the middle of the park, played in Son, and then received the ball back inside the box. The Irishman's low shot was well saved by Buffon but Lamela prodded home the rebound.

Spurs refused to release the Dubliner for the Under-19 European Championships which are currently ongoing with Pochettino keen to give him game time with the Tottenham first team ahead of the new season.

Parrott will go up against a strong Juve team that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Emre Can, Mario Mandzukic and Leonardo Bonucci.

Hugo Lloris misses out with tonsillitis.

Toby Alderweireld skippered the side at Singapore's National Stadium in Lloris' absence, while record signing Tanguy Ndombele was named on the bench.

Juve new boy Matthijs De Ligt was named among the substitutes as Maurizio Sarri picked his first side since taking charge. Gianluigi Buffon was selected after returning to the club

Unlike Manchester United v Inter Milan on Saturday, there were a few empty seats at the National Stadium - although those in attendance were arguably more excitable.

There was a strong South Korean contingent at Singapore's National Stadium and they made themselves heard whenever Son Heung-min got on the ball.

Excitement rose when he hit the outside of the post after four minutes, while Ronaldo tried an overhead kick in a promising start to the International Champions Cup encounter.

The Portuguese flashed a fierce shot wide but Spurs were looking brighter and broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark.

Son showed good composure and awareness to lay off to the overlapping Parrott.

The 17-year-old saw a low shot was saved by Juve goalkeeper Buffon, but Eric Lamela was on hand to direct home.

A drinks break followed a goal that took the sting out of the remainder of the opening period, with the Mexican waves in full flow as the whistle was blown for half-time.

Both sides made a variety of changes at half-time.

Lucas Moura was among the Spurs introductions and saw a penalty appeal rejected shortly after the restart.

Spurs were pushing but Juventus levelled in the 56th minute as former Chelsea man Gonzalo Higuain hit a low shot past Paulo Gazzaniga.

Harry Kane clipped the post as Mauricio Pochettino's men looked to immediately regain the lead, only for Ronaldo to pop up at the other end and smartly direct into the far corner.

The Singapore crowd were witnessing an entertaining encounter, with De Ligt brought on for his first appearance since signing from Ajax.

Tottenham brought on summer signing Ndombele at the same time and he quickly made an impact, threading a pass through for Moura to smartly direct home.

The France midfielder curled just wide and Federico Bernardeschi stung the palms of Gazzaniga as the match continued to ebb and flow.

Kane poked an effort just wide and would settle the match just as a penalty shoot-out loomed large.

Moura won possession and the England captain unleashed a stunning first-time shot from just inside the Juventus half that beat Wojciech Szczesny, sending the crowd wild and securing a 3-2 in scarcely believable circumstances. It is a goal that will live long in the memory.

Juventus: Buffon, Cancelo, Rugani, Bonucci, De Sciglio, Emre Can, Pjanic, Matuidi, Bernardeschi, Mandzukic, Ronaldo

Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Georgiou, Winks, Skipp, Lamela, Alli, Son, Parrott

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