Kane leads Spurs’ re­cov­ery in 2-2 draw at Ju­ven­tus

Sun.Star Cebu - - PRIME SPORTS - / AP

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 wellplaced 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.

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