Champions League: Spurs hold Juve in Thriller; City Kill off Basel

Champions League: Spurs hold Juve in Thriller; City Kill off Basel

Tottenham's own Italian Job was hardly daylight robbery.

Gonzalo Higuain struck for Juve after two minutes and again from the penalty spot seven minutes later as Spurs were rocked at the Juventus Stadium, but the Premier League side fought their way back into the match to take a slight advantage going into the return leg.

However, Kane pulled one back for the Premier League side with a calm finish past Gianluigi Buffon in the 35th minute.

Meanwhile, teammate Mousa Dembele put in one of the best performances of his Tottenham career.

Tottenham and Juventus have a rematch at 2:45 p.m. on March 7 in the second leg in the round of 16 in the Champions League.

"The performance of Eriksen and Kane and Dele Alli was productive".

"At 2-0 down after eight or nine minutes, you think 'this could get a little messy if they are not careful.' But I thought the character they showed for the rest of the half completely dominated Juve". "Two down against a side who are so hard to break down and in the end we deserved to win more than to draw".

"I think we started too sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic", he said. Dembele ran the game, brushing off Juventus players who tried to get close to him and dribbling out of tight spots, his passes forward was crisp and incisive, and he won the ball back to restart moves. After that we had the chance for 3-1 with the penalty but Higuain missed it.

"They showed that against one of the most respected defences in the game, they took the game to them".

"Ronaldo has done it over a longer period of time and there is many a season you would pick Cristiano over him".

And that paid off right from the start in a awful opening 10 minutes for Spurs. They were much, much the better team.

But they were caught cold as Juventus were awarded a free kick and Miralem Pjanic cleverly picked out Higuain who swiveled to volley right-footed past Hugo Lloris. "The Tottenham youngsters are growing as a team all the time".

Danish playmaker Eriksen's influence on the result stretched further than simply his goal, and Pochettino says he is the embodiment of the constant desire to improve at Tottenham. "We go to London tied and we play a final, and probably they will be under more pressure than us". We start, not in a good way.

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