UCL Review: Tottenham In Spirited Comeback At Juventus As Rampant City Close In On Last Eight Spot With Big Win

Tottenham Hotspur recovered from a poor start to secure an impressive 2-2 draw at the home of last season’s finalists Juventus in what was their round of 16 first leg clash in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).

Juventus made a fast start through Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain’s 2nd minute goal before he added a second goal from the penalty spot seven minutes later.

The North London club didn’t let the early setback deter them as they took charge of the afterwards thereby producing a spirited fightback against the Old Lady.

In-form English striker Harry Kane had a free header saved by Buffon before he rounded off the Italian goalkeeper on 35 minutes to notch up his 7th goal of the European campaign.

The strike was the first goal conceded by Juventus for over 500 minutes of football.

The home side however had the opportunity to restore their two-goal lead from the spot on the stroke of halftime but the often clinical Higuain hit the crossbar with his spot kick.

Juventus would eventually pay dearly for that missed opportunity after the impressive Danish playmaker dragged his side firmly back into the tie with a 72nd freekick.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side would now be slight favourites ahead of the second leg after the spirited fightback they produced at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.

Manchester City have one leg in the quarterfinals following their unsurprising 4-0 win over their hosts FC Basel in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero gave City a three-goal lead in nine first half minutes before Gundogan added his second goal after the halftime interval to give his side an emphatic victory to all but make the second leg clash at the Etihad Stadium inconsequential.