Champions League: Tottenham Hotspur come from behind to hold Juventus; Manchester City thrash FC Basel
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Tottenham back from the brink to hold Juventus 2-2 in Turin, spoiling what had looked set to be a Gonzalo Higuain one-man show in the Champions League last 16, first leg in Turin on Tuesday.
Turin: Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen pulled Tottenham back from the brink to hold Juventus 2-2 in Turin, spoiling what had looked set to be a Gonzalo Higuain one-man show in the Champions League last 16, first leg in Turin on Tuesday.
Higuain had put Juventus — finalists twice in the past three seasons — two goals up within the first nine minutes at the Allianz Stadium.
The Argentine's lightning strike after just 73 seconds was followed by a second from the spot to leave Mauricio Pochettino's English side reeling.
But the 30-year-old missed two further chances to hammer home Juventus's domination in the first half, with his second penalty hitting the crossbar just before the break.
Kane pulled Spurs back into the game after 35 minutes, latching onto a Dele Alli pass to round a helpless Gianluigi Buffon who had advanced off his line, making no mistake alone in front of goal.
It was 24-year-old Kane's seventh goal this season and puts him level with Steven Gerrard for the most scored by an English player in a single Champions League season.
Dane Eriksen whipped in the second with a 70th-minute free-kick after centre-back Giorgio Chiellini fouled Alli, sending it low past a diving Buffon.
The away goals leave Spurs in a strong position ahead of the return leg on March 7 at Wembley Stadium in London.
Gundogan shines as Manchester City run riot at Basel
Ilkay Gundogan dazzled with two goals in Manchester City's 4-0 romp at FC Basel on Tuesday to leave the Premier League leaders on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Pep Guardiola's side effectively settled the last 16 tie after just 23 minutes by racing into a 3-0 lead at Basel's Sankt Jakob Park.
Their first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a Gundogan header, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike.
Basel's misery continued just after the break when Gundogan deftly added a fourth from outside the area and he could easily have finished with a hat-trick.
The scoreline gives the Swiss side little hope for the return leg at the Etihad on 7 March.
Germany midfielder Gundogan gave Basel a masterclass in defensive midfield play, complementing his two-goal display by repeatedly snuffing out fledgling Swiss attacks.
The only black mark against him was a late yellow card after a clash with Basel's Ivory Coast veteran midfielder Serey Die.
Basel head coach Raphael Wicky opted to play a back five when the host were defending, but the ploy only failed to keep City out for the first 14 minutes.
Having already had an earlier effort tipped over the bar, Gundogan got in front of Fabian Frei to power home his header when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in City's fourth cover of the game.
The visitors' second goal followed just four minutes later.
Bernardo Silva chested down Raheem Sterling's deflected cross and fired past Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
With Basel's defence buckling, Aguero, who terrorised Leicester City in the Premier League last Saturday with four goals in a 5-1 rout, hit his 29th goal of the season.
Basel defender Leo Lacroix stopped Fernandinho, but the ball fell into Aguero's path who hit the bottom corner from outside the area on 23 minutes.
It was the Argentinian's 14th goal in 11 games in 2018.
It finished 3-0 at the break, but City could have ended the first half with two more goals as Sterling forced Vaclik into a desperate scramble and De Bruyne volleyed wide.
Basel made a bright start to the second-half, but Gundogan left the Swiss with a mountain to climb when he hit the top right-hand corner on 53 minutes.
Sterling made way for Leroy Sane four minutes later on the left side of City's attack.
The German winger is back just two weeks after an ankle injury, well ahead of the predicted six the club had forecasted which Guardiola admitted has surprised him.
With half an hour to go and the tie effectively won, Guardiola took off De Bruyne, saving the Belgian for Saturday's league game at Wigan and the League Cup final against Arsenal on February 25.
With 15 minutes left, Gundogan was only denied the first hat-trick of his career by Vaclík's determination.
Sane sprinted down the left wing and although he was tackled, Agüero scooped up the loose ball and set up the German, but Gundogan's low shot was gathered at the second attempt.
At 4-0 down and the clock ticking, Basel finally started to test City.
Forward Dimitri Oberlin fired wide and winger Mohamed Elyounoussi shot at City goalkeeper Ederson as Basel chased a consolation goal in vain.
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