Tottenham hold the advantage in their Champions League last-16 tie with Juventus after coming from behind to draw 2-2 in a dramatic first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Spurs were rocked early on as Gonzalo Higuain scored twice inside the opening nine minutes, the first from a quickly-taken free-kick before he struck again from the penalty spot.

But Spurs bossed the rest of the game and Harry Kane pulled a goal back before the interval when he rounded Gianluigi Buffon and slotted into an empty net after being played through by Dele Alli.

Higuain should have completed his hat-trick with a second penalty that he smashed against the crossbar on the stroke of half-time, and Christian Eriksen made Juventus pay with a low free-kick that found the bottom corner in the 71st minute.

The last time Spurs were in Italy for a Champions League knockout game they stole a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the San Siro and this time they have two crucial away goals to put them in a commanding position ahead of the return leg at Wembley on March 7.

Yet Tottenham’s start to the game could not have been worse, with sluggish defending leading to a free-kick from which Miralem Pjanic setup a superb Higuain volley after just two minutes.

Seven minutes later, another intense Juventus burst into the box drew a rash challenge from Ben Davies, who brought down Federico Bernadeschi and allowed Higuain to score his second from the penalty spot.

Tottenham’s response was superb though, and they deserved to be level at the break after Kane’s cool drop of the shoulder took him past Buffon and he found the empty net on 35 minutes.

Mousa Dembele bossed the midfield and Erik Lamela, one of two changes along with Serge Aurier, shared the creative spark with Christian Eriksen, who forced Buffon into a save with a ferocious shot from distance.

After Higuain’s second spot-kick hit the bar, following Serge Aurier’s foul on Douglas Costa on the break, Juventus improved in the second half and Mario Mandzukic forced Hugo Lloris into two good saves with close-range headers.

But it was Eriksen who rippled the net for the final time, finding the bottom corner with a free-kick that took a slight deflection after Alli was fouled on the edge of the box. Lucas Moura came on late in the game for his debut as Spurs saw out the draw that gives them the edge in the tie.


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