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HARRY Kane and Chris­tian Erik­sen pulled Tot­ten­ham back from the brink to hold Ju­ven­tus 2-2 in Turin, spoil­ing what had looked set to be a Gon­zalo Higuain one-man show in the Cham­pi­ons League last 16, first leg in Turin on Tues­day.

Higuain had put Ju­ven­tus – fi­nal­ists twice in the past three sea­sons – two goals up within the first nine min­utes at the Al­lianz Sta­dium.

The Ar­gen­tine’s light­ning strike af­ter just 73 sec­onds was fol­lowed by a sec­ond from the spot to leave Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s English side reel­ing.

But the 30-year-old missed two fur­ther chances to ham­mer home Ju­ven­tus’s dom­i­na­tion in the first half, with his sec­ond penalty hit­ting the cross­bar just be­fore the break.

Kane pulled Spurs back into the game af­ter 35 min­utes, latch­ing onto a Dele Alli pass to round a help­less Gian­luigi Buf­fon who had ad­vanced off his line, mak­ing no mis­take in front of goal.

It was 24-year-old Kane’s sev­enth goal in Europe’s top club com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son and puts him level with Steven Ger­rard for the most scored by an English player in a sin­gle Cham­pi­ons League cam­paign.

Kane was de­lighted to take two valu­able away goals into the sec­ond leg at Wem­b­ley, mean­ing Ju­ven­tus have to outscore Spurs to win.

Asked if he feared his side were about to sink with­out trace af­ter Higuain’s dou­ble strike, Kane told BT Sport: “We could have done, away from home in the Cham­pi­ons League. It showed char­ac­ter.

“It was an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance af­ter that and we take two away goals to Wem­b­ley. Great re­sult.”

Dane Erik­sen whipped in the sec­ond with a 70thminute free-kick af­ter cen­tre-back Gior­gio Chiellini fouled Alli, send­ing it low past a div­ing Buf­fon.

Spurs’ other scorer, Chris­tian Erik­sen, said: “We are sure we will have chances at Wem­b­ley. We go into that game full of con­fi­dence and we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Mean­while, Ilkay Gun­do­gan says there is still more to come from Manch­ester City af­ter their per­fect 4-0 rout of Basel left them on the verge of the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nals.

The run­away Pre­mier League lead­ers de­stroyed Basel’s morale with a three-goal burst af­ter just 23 min­utes of the first leg last-16 mis­match.

City’s first three goals came in a dev­as­tat­ing nine-minute spell thanks to a header from Gun­do­gan, a Bernardo Silva vol­ley and a long-range Ser­gio Aguero strike.

It was Aguero’s 14th goal in 11 games in 2018. Gun­do­gan added a fourth af­ter the break and was only de­nied a hat-trick by the dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion of Basel goal­keeper To­mas Va­clik.

The tie looks all but set­tled ahead of the re­turn leg at the Eti­had on March 7.

Gun­do­gan says City can do bet­ter and he threw down the gaunt­let to their Cham­pi­ons League ri­vals.

The English side take an away goal ad­van­tage in the 2-2 draw in Turin Kane leads Spurs’ come­back against Juve, Man City thrash Basel in away tie


Tot­ten­ham’s Harry Kane scores a goal past Ju­ven­tus goal­keeper Gian­luigi Buf­fon on Tues­day.

Manch­ester City play­ers cel­e­brate a goal against FC Basel.

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