Tuesday 22 May 2018

Spurs bounce back from nightmare start to claim crucial draw against Juventus

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Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 13, 2018 Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring their second goal with Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Soccer Football - Champions League - Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - February 13, 2018 Tottenham's Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring their second goal with Harry Kane, Erik Lamela and Ben Davies. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

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Tottenham recovered from an early setback to claim an impressive 2-2 draw against Juventus in their Champions League round of 16 first leg in Turin.

Spurs found themselves two goals down inside the opening 10 minutes as Gonzalo Higuain's clinical finish opened the scoring and the Argentinian's penalty, after Ben Davies had brought down Federico Bernardeschi, doubled their advantage.

Harry Kane pulled one back in the 35th minute, rounding Gianluigi Buffon after collecting Dele Alli's pass, before Higuain spurned the chance to complete a first-half hat-trick, crashing a second penalty against the crossbar.

A driven free-kick from Christian Eriksen made it 2-2 with 18 minutes remaining and leaves Mauricio Pochettino's men in a strong position going into the second leg at Wembley.

Goalscorer Kane felt the comeback showed "the character of the squad".

He added on BT Sport: "It was an excellent performance after that (conceding the two goals) and we deserved to get back into the game. We look back now, two away goals we're taking to Wembley, it's a great result.

"I had a chance before it (his goal) and I should have scored that, but like I always say, you've got to be ready for the next one.

"Dele (Alli) put a great ball in and I managed to finish it off. That got us back into the game, which was important."

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