Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Tottenham again from the threshold to carry Juventus 2-2 in Turin, spoiling what had regarded set to be a Gonzalo Higuain one-man display within the Champions League closing 16, first leg in Turin on Tuesday.
Higuain had put Juventus — shedding finalists two times prior to now 3 seasons — two objectives up throughout the first 9 mins on the Allianz Stadium.
The Argentine’s lightning strike after simply 73 seconds used to be adopted by way of a 2nd from the spot to go away Mauricio Pochettino’s English aspect reeling.
However the 30-year-old ignored two additional possibilities to hammer house Juventus’s merit within the first 1/2, with placing the crossbar with a 2nd penalty at the stroke of half-time.
Kane had pulled Tottenham again into the tie, beating veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon on 35 mins with Eriksen whipping in the second one with a 70th-minute free-kick to go away all of it to play for in London subsequent month.
“The staff confirmed actual persona to return right here and problem a staff like Juventus,” stated Pochettino who blamed the inexperience of his aspect for his or her slow get started.
“I believe we weren’t centered and it used to be tricky to regulate the primary seven mins. I’m more than happy that it’s nonetheless open and we’re going to play the second one leg in London.” Juventus trainer Massimiliano Allegri warned they might be able to problem once more for a spot within the quarter-finals after extending their unbeaten run at house in Champions League fixtures to 23 video games. “I don’t suppose there’s any want to be depressed. If anyone idea that Juventus may win Four-Zero they have been approach off,” stated Allegri.
“Tottenham had an excellent sport and became issues round. “After going 2-Zero up we stopped enjoying, however a part of that used to be additionally all the way down to Tottenham’s efficiency. They’re an overly bodily and technical staff.”
Pochettino’s aspect regarded down and out after the primary ten mins with Miralem Pjanic lifting a free-kick into the penalty space and an unmarked Higuain volleying previous Hugo Lloris, in spite of being in an offside place. Higuain’s 2nd got here from a penalty after Ben Davies fouled Federico Bernardeschi, with Lloris diving the correct approach however not able to prevent the robust pressure.
Higuain nearly had a hat-trick, choosing up a Pjanic cross to outfox two Spurs defenders best to shoot simply huge. Buffon two times stored from Kane, together with a header from point-blank vary, prior to the striker in the end broke thru.—AFP
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