Many had seen Tottenham as a team that does not have the pedigree to face a team like Juventus in the Champions League but this match has shown is the opposite. Spurs showed why they deserve to be reckon with in the champions league as they came from behind to get a 2-2 draw at Turin in the first leg of the UEFA round of 16 matches. Juventus now have to travel to England and upturn this away goal deficit.
It started with the host, Juventus pressing high and exposing all the holes in the Spurs defence. Tottenham were down by two goals in just less than 10 minutes into the match. It was not a start you would have loved to see as a Tottenham fan.
Gonzalo Higuain struck the first from a quick free kick which caught Spurs napping and in no time he was standing to play from the penalty spot which he duly converted to give the Italian giant a 2-0 lead just on the 9th minute. It was after the goal that Spurs started getting into the game. They started pressing high up the pitch and took the ball to Juve.
They eventually got a goal back through Harry Kane. He was played through on goal by Dele Alli and Kane did well to dribble past Gigi Buffon in goal to make the first half end in 2-1.
Higuain had the opportunity of scoring another before the break when he missed a penalty and Spurs will be thankful to that miss later in the game. The game continues with Spurs trying to get the equalizer and they kept knocking on the door.
Moussa Dembele was bossing the Juve midfield and did not give room for any of Juve’s midfielders to dictate the game as he controlled the game and by so doing, helped Tottenham make advance moves to get the equalizer.
The goal finally came in the 75th minute when Eriksen scored a sumptuous low free kick and help Spurs earn a rare two way goal cushion going into the second leg at Wembley.