Champions League: Gonzalo Higuian dismisses criticism after missing penalty against Tottenham Hotspur
Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain dismissed criticism from fans after he missed a crucial penalty in his team's Champions League pre-quarter-final first leg at home against club Tottenham Hotspur
Turin: Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain on Wednesday dismissed criticism from fans after he missed a crucial penalty in his team's Champions League pre-quarter-final first leg at home against London football club Tottenham Hotspur, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Higuain started out strong, putting two goals past Tottenham in the first nine minutes of the match on Tuesday. He later sent a penalty on to the crossbar and straight into the crowd, triggering a slew of fan criticism on social media, reports Efe.
"It's easy to talk after the match from your couch at home," he wrote on his official Instagram account, adding: "Until 2-0 everything was perfect, after 2-2 opinions changed. We are not interested in them and we're going to London to qualify."
The draw at the Allianz Stadium gives Tottenham away goals advantage in their second leg, slated for 7 March at Wembley Stadium.
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Federico Rettori, an Argentine national living in Spain who claims he formerly worked for Messi's charity, had filed a similar complaint in 2019 which was also dismissed.
Messi, who earlier this month finally landed a major international trophy with Argentina when they beat rivals Brazil to win the Copa America, "will sign a five-season contract with a release clause of 600 million euros ($709 million)," according to Catalan sports daily L'Esportiu.
Beyond Wembley, expectant England supporters will also converge on fan zones and pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs in towns and cities across the country as the country comes to a temporary standstill at 8pm.