Tottenham fight back for spirited draw at Juventus

Harry Kane has scored seven of Tottenham's 16 Champions League goals this season
Harry Kane has scored seven of Tottenham's 16 Champions League goals this season

Tottenham produced a brilliant comeback to draw at Juventus after a disastrous start to their Champions League last-16 first leg in Turin.

Mauricio Pochettino's side were 2-0 down inside 10 minutes after Gonzalo Higuain followed up a sumptuous volley with a penalty, awarded for Ben Davies' foul on Federico Bernardeschi.

Harry Kane started the fightback after rounding Gianluigi Buffon following Deli Alli's threaded pass and Higuain then missed a penalty for the hosts with the last kick of the first half, following Serge Aurier's poor challenge on Douglas Costa.

Spurs dominated possession against the Italian champions and got their reward when Christian Eriksen's low free-kick evaded Buffon to give Spurs the edge going into the second leg at Wembley on 7 March.

Spirited Spurs show European mettle

Pochettino's side still have work to do to overcome Juve in three weeks' time.

Yet this performance, on top of wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stages, provided further evidence that Spurs are starting to establish themselves in this competition.

Juv had not conceded a goal in 2018 before this match yet Pochettino will be wary his players cannot afford to start the second leg like they did in Italy.

In a pulsating game, Tottenham were a goal behind inside two minutes after Miralem Pjanic's chipped free-kick caught out the visitors' defence and Higuain beat Hugo Lloris with a quality finish.

Spurs looked anxious and their evening went from bad to worse when Higuain doubled the lead from the spot after Davies brought down Bernardeschi.

But the Premier League side then produced a comeback that will live long in the memory of their travelling supporters.

First Kane had a header saved from inside the six-yard box by Buffon, but the England striker was not to be denied for long, beating the veteran keeper with a composed finish after Alli's pass.

Alli headed over when he should have scored before Eriksen was denied by Buffon as Spurs peppered the Juve goal.

The turning point arrived on the stroke of half-time when Higuain hit the bar from the penalty spot.

Lloris produced a fine save from Bernardeschi after the interval but Tottenham got the reward their hard-work deserved when Eriksen scored from a set-piece.

In the end, Spurs had 12 shots - half of them on target - and 67% of possession.

Man of the match - Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

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There were dominant displays from a number of Tottenham players but Christian Eriksen was as good as anyone - he caused the Juve defence all sorts of problems and got his reward with a fine goal

What's next?

Tottenham have three games before they host Juventus in the second leg at Wembley. They are at League One Rochdale in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday (16:00 GMT) before their next Premier League game at Crystal Palace on 26 February and a home match with Huddersfield on 3 March.

More to follow.

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