TURIN, Italy — Tottenham recovered from conceding twice inside the opening nine minutes to draw 2-2 against 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, and Christian Eriksen levelled in the 72nd minute as Spurs made a mockery of the so-called impregnability of the Bianconeri defence.

The return fixture is on March 7.

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 from bad to worse for Spurs as …read more


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