TURIN, Italy (AP) — Tottenham recovered from conceding twice inside the opening nine minutes to draw 2-2 at Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match on Tuesday.
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice, including a penalty, but the Argentina forward also hit the bar from another spot kick at the end of an exhilarating first half.
Tottenham had managed to reduce the deficit by then through Harry Kane, who was thwarted on several other occasions by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, and Christian Eriksen leveled in the 72nd minute.
The second leg is on March 7.
“It was an excellent performance after that (start) and we deserved to get back into the game,” Kane told BT Sport. “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.”
It was also an exciting first half in Basel, with Manchester City scoring three goals before going on to win 4-0 to leave it with one foot in the quarterfinals.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri went for an attacking lineup, with Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic supporting Higuain.
And that paid off right from the start in a nightmare opening 10 minutes for Spurs.
Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards (meters) from goal, inside the first minute. Pjanic himself took the free kick and picked out Higuain, who beat the offside trap to volley into the far corner.
Matters swiftly went…