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

Tottenham Hotspur bounced back from conceding twice in the opening nine minutes to secure an impressive 2-2 draw away to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday.

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.

Rave of the moment Harry Kane fired home in the 35th minute to halve the deficit after a delightful through ball from Dele Alli.

It was the first goal the Italian champions have conceded in 2018, and they could have put daylight between them and the visitors just before half-time but Higuain wasted the chance to score a hat-trick when his penalty hit the crossbar.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs were rewarded for their endeavour when Christian Eriksen’s free kick, after Alli was bundled down outside the area by Giorgio Chiellini, levelled it up in the 71st minute.

The Londoners will now fancy their chances of knocking out last year’s runners-up in next month’s return leg at Wembley.

Elsewhere, Manchester City all but secured a spot in the last 8 draw with a commanding 4-0 win away at FC Basle.

City’s first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a header from Gundogan, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike as the hosts were completely taken apart.

Gundogan added a fourth after the break with a beautiful shot from the edge of the area, and was only denied a hat-trick by the dogged determination of Basle goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

The tie seems already settled ahead of the second-leg at the Etihad on March 7.

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