Spurs fight back to save the draw
TOTTENHAM’S Champions League knockout round first leg in Turin got off to the worst possible start as Gonzalo Higuain scored twice for Juventus inside the opening 10 minutes.
The Argentina international broke the deadlock with a clinical finish after just two minutes.
The same player then converted a penalty after Ben Davies had brought down Federico Bernardeschi in the area in the ninth minute.
Harry Kane rounded goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to get Spurs back into the game in the 35th minute, but Higuain had the chance to complete a first-half hat-trick in the closing moments.
Serge Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the box but this time the striker spurned the opportunity, crashing his spot-kick against the crossbar.
A driven free-kick from Christian Eriksen made it 2-2 with 18 minutes remaining and leaves Mauricio Pochettino’s men in a strong position going into the second leg at Wembley.
Goalscorer Kane felt the comeback showed “the character of the squad”.
He added on BT Sport: “It was an excellent performance after that [conceding the two goals] and we deserved to get back into the game. We look back now, two away goals we’re taking to Wembley, it’s a great result.
“I had a chance before it [his goal] and I should have scored that, but like I always say, you’ve got to be ready for the next one.
“Dele [Alli] put a great ball in and I managed to finish it off. That got us back into the game, which was important.”
Manager Pochettino was disappointed with a sluggish start but could not fault his side’s response.
“We started too sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic,” he said. “I think we deserved the victory.”