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.