Juventus forced into 2-2 draw by resurgent Tottenham Hotspur

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From: Indian Express By: Shivani Naik Published at: February 13, 2018
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Tottenham Hotspur pulled off one of the most unbelievable comebacks in their history and go to Wembley as clear favourites to go through now. They have two away goals to their names and the momentum they have gained from this match would be something they could have only hoped for before it. Gonzalo Higuain scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the match but Spurs kept pushing and kept pressing. They finally nipped one back through Harry Kane. Higuain then missed a penalty at the stroke of halftime and Spurs made it 2-2 deep into the second half through a brilliant free kick from Christian Eriksen. Meanwhile, Manchester City were as fluid as usual in their 4-0 schooling of Basel.

Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur, Match highlights

Well well well, Spurs win a free kick after Benatia fouls Alli just left of centre inches outside the box. Eriksen takes it, keeps it low and counts on the wall jumping. Buffon was utterly flummoxed, he was going to his left first and saw the ball sneaking below that wall to the right, he went that way but the ball was in before he got down completely. Spurs, from 2-0  down, have come 2-2 up. They are out to rattle the European powers that be this season

Tottenham have barged their way back into the match and Juventus let go of a golden chance to go 3-1 up in the last minute. Serge Aurier gave away the most ridulous penalty you can ever seen with a tackle on Douglas Costa and Higuain steps up to take it. This time, though he crashes it against the woodwork! He scored two goals within the first 10 minutes but cuts  a forlorne figure as the teams walk back. That is football, ladies and gentlemen

A close shave for Juventus! Eriksen makes the perfect cross to Harry Kane from the left of centre. Kane is dead in front of goal but somehow, Buffon saves it from point blank range. Juventus have surrendered control here. They have been sitting in their own half putting everything they have got, even Mandzukic, into defence. Tottenham are pressing high and putting them under pressure 

Spurs enjoy a period of possession, even getting the ball into the box, but Mehdi Benatia, who has seamlessly filled the spot left vacant by Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini ensure nothing much come out of it. Spurs had a penalty appeal themselves after Kane claimed a push fro Benatia but the referee wasn't interested, Spurs were scandalised. Benatia seems to have got to the ball first in the replays

Spurs concede a penalty, Higuain steps up and scores. It's a nightmare start for the Londoners

How about that! Juventus win early free kick that Pjanic takes quickly, it falls to Higuain who takes it first time and volleys past Lloris. Super stuff from the Argentine but Pochettino won't be happy with how much space and time he was given by the Spurs defence

Basel: Vaclik, Lang, Xhaka, Lacroix, Suchy, Riveros, Elyounoussi, Frei, Die, Stocker, Oberlin.

Subs: Salvi, Zuffi, van Wolfswinkel, Ajeti, Manzambi, Petretta, Bua.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.

Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Sane, Silva, Foden.

Spurs, in the Champions League. Gareth, this was completely ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/auGbt0eNTK


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Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic, Higuain.

Subs: Szczesny, Rugani, Asamoah, Marchisio, Bentancur, Sturaro, Muratore

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela, Kane

Subs: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Son, Lucas

It's the 14th of February and it is a date that we have all been waiting for. It is a day that brings with it love and passion. The reason is, of course, the return of the UEFA Champions League! (Oh, what else could it possibly be)

The flagship Round of 16 fixture this season is the one that will be played tomorrow between Real Madrid and Paris St Germain. Before that, comes two matches that have never happened before and are being played in similar but very different circumstances at the same time.

No one needs telling that Spurs will always be considered underdogs in a match against Juventus away from home.  For the first time ever, the two sides will face off in a competitive UEFA competition. On the other hand, Spurs' fellow Premier League giants Manchester City also travel to Switzerland to face FC Basel for the very first time in their history. But considering the lawnmower-like efficiency City have shown this season in winning matches regardless of where they are playing or what they are playing for, it will be a surprise if they don't clinch this one. Stay tuned while we await the team news.

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