Mishap to come back: Spirited Spurs show European mettle

In a pulsating game, Tottenham escaped from Turin having pulled off the biggest heist since the Italian job.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side had a disastrous start and were 2-0 down inside 10 minutes after Gonzalo Higuain followed up a splendid volley along with a penalty, awarded for Ben Davies’ foul on Federico Bernardeschi.

Harry Kane started the fightback after rounding Gianluigi Buffon following Dele Alli’s threaded pass and Higuain then missed a penalty and his hat trick with the last kick of the first half, following Serge Aurier’s poor challenge on Douglas Costa.

Spurs dominated possession against the Italian champions and got their reward when Christian Eriksen’s low free-kick went passed the 40 year veteran Buffon to give Spurs the edge going into the second leg at Wembley on 7 March.

Spurs remain unbeaten since 16 December, and Pochettino said: “We are more mature. The team is growing and have stepped up in this aspect. I think the team was amazing in the way they reacted.”

Yet this performance, on top of wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage, provided further evidence that Spurs are continuing to grow in this competition with each game.

Juve had not conceded a goal in 2018 before this match yet Pochettino will be wary his players cannot afford to start the second leg like they did in Italy.

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