Tie feels like win to Spurs

Kane leads Tot­ten­ham re­cov­ery at Ju­ven­tus

StarMetro Vancouver - - Sports - Tues­day in Turin, italy oh­tani re­ports to An­gels with phys­i­cal, swings source: seat­tle group files for NHL ex­pan­sion

At a cru­cial mo­ment in its Cham­pi­ons League last-16 match on Tues­day, Tot­ten­ham sur­vived against Ju­ven­tus sim­ply by stand­ing still.

Spurs goal­keeper Hugo Lloris chose not to dive in ei­ther di­rec­tion as Ju­ven­tus for­ward Gon­zalo Higuain ap­proached to strike his sec­ond penalty of the game. With no big gaps ap­pear­ing, Higuain smashed the ball straight down the mid­dle and saw it can­non off the cross­bar.

A goal would have given Ju­ven­tus a com­mand­ing 3-1 lead at half­time. In­stead, Spurs man­aged to re­cover from a ter­ri­ble start and level in the sec­ond pe­riod to fin­ish at 2-2, ahead of the sec­ond leg at Wem­b­ley on March 7.

Lloris had dived low to his right against Higuain’s suc­cess­ful first spot kick, get­ting a hand to the well-placed penalty.

Harry Kane and Chris­tian Erik­sen scored in each half af­ter Higuain had net­ted twice in­side the open­ing nine min­utes

“I feel so proud,’’ Tot­ten­ham coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “We showed great char­ac­ter against a team that played two fi­nals in three years, with amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the pitch.

“We are a young team in this com­pe­ti­tion. To show that per­for­mance is to be proud and to con­grat­u­late the play­ers be­cause they were fan­tas­tic.’’

Ju­ven­tus coach Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri re­acted strongly af­ter­ward when it was sug­gested his team, which is go­ing for a sev­enth suc­ces­sive Serie A ti­tle, should have beaten Spurs, which is fifth in the Premier League.

“I t h i n k peo­ple have lost a bit of ob­jec­tiv­ity,’’ said a clearly an­noyed Al­le­gri. “Juve plays to win but it’s not favourite. You can’t go to the fi­nal ev­ery year. I think the lads are hav­ing a great sea­son, but it’s a long leap

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from there to think they’re go­ing to win a last-16 match 3-0.

“That drives me nuts, be­cause peo­ple don’t have an idea about the other teams. I can’t ac­cept that peo­ple are get­ting depressed over a 2-2 draw, it seems like we lost 8-0.’’

It was also an ex­cit­ing first half in Basel, with Manch­ester City scor­ing three goals be­fore go­ing on to win 4-0 to leave it with one foot in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Sho­hei oh­tani took some swings in a bat­ting cage be­fore go­ing onto the field for some long toss with his in­ter­preter. That was af­ter he took a phys­i­cal and un­loaded some gear into his locker in the Los An­ge­les An­gels club­house. The two-way stand­out from Ja­pan had al­ready been work­ing out at the team’s com­plex for a week. But Tues­day was the re­port­ing day for An­gels pitch­ers and catch­ers, and oh­tani was the main at­trac­tion. The group look­ing to bring pro­fes­sional hockey to Seat­tle has taken the next step in the pur­suit of an NHL fran­chise. The oak View Group and its prospec­tive NHL own­er­ship group, led by bil­lion­aire david Bon­der­man and film­maker Jerry Bruck­heimer, sub­mit­ted its ex­pan­sion ap­pli­ca­tion with the NHL on Tues­day. A per­son with di­rect knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion con­firmed the ap­pli­ca­tion had been sub­mit­ted along with a $10 mil­lion fil­ing fee.

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Harry Kane got Tot­ten­ham on the board Tues­day.

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