Tie feels like win to Spurs
Kane leads Tottenham recovery at Juventus
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
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.
Harry Kane got Tottenham on the board Tuesday.