That's it from us tonight. What a way for the Champions League to return. A cracking game between Juventus and Tottenham that had absolutely everything and with all to play for at Wembley, expect more fireworks. We will return with the Live coverage of Real Madrid vs PSG and FC Porto ve Liverpool tomorrow, so keep following Firstpost for all the Champions League news. Good night!
Highlights Champions League, Juventus vs Tottenham R-16, 1st leg: Spurs battle back to eke out a draw
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FT: Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
A fine comeback from Spurs who looked down and out after ten minutes at the Allianz stadium. But goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen that sandwiched a penalty miss from Gonzalo Higuain means the visitors will be happier of the two teams going into the second leg at Wembley in three week's time. The two away goals could prove to be vital for Spurs who will be pleased with their efforts in Turin. Juventus on the other hand will have to put in a much improved performance in London, but they have the pedigree to produce one. It's nicely set up for the second leg
GOAL! Juventus 2-2 Tottenham. Christian Eriksen fires a free-kick into the bottom corner
HT Juventus 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
That penalty is miss is the last action of a thrilling first half at the Allianz Arena. Spurs got off to a shock start after conceding two very soft goals but did well to pull themselves back into the game through Harry Kane. They were almost punished for another defensive error Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the box, but Higuain missed the penalty. Time to catch some breath
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Match stats: Juventus 2-2 Tottenham
Juventus 2-2 Tottenham FT:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 13, 2018
Pass accuracy: 71%-88%
Chances created: 7-8
Tottenham fight from two goals down to rescue a draw at the Allianz Stadium. pic.twitter.com/XM0dMpNm8d
Brilliant this by Spurs !! What a response ..— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 13, 2018
9 - Harry Kane has scored more goals in his first nine Champions League appearances (9) than any player in the history of the competition, ahead of Ronaldinho, Simone Inzaghi, Didier Drogba & Diego Costa (8). Greatest. #JUVTOT #UCL pic.twitter.com/b7RCpdRrwn— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 13, 2018
COMEBACK COMPLETE! Juventus 2-2 Tottenham
Brilliant free kick from Christian Eriksen who drills it past Buffon into the bottom corner but the Italian goalkeeper was slightly late to react. A rare error from the legendary Buffon
Preview: Italy’s Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini does not specifically remember welcoming Tottenham Hotspur’s England striker Harry Kane to international football with one of his crunching tackles but admits it may have happened. Chiellini, one of Europe’s most uncompromising defenders, and Kane, a prolific scorer in the English Premier League, will cross swords again on Tuesday when Juve host Spurs in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.
The two players previously faced each other when Italy hosted England in a friendly at the same Juventus stadium in Turin in March 2015, a match which saw Kane make his full international debut. The game had barely begun when Kane was met with a Chiellini body check which the Tottenham player described in a pre-match news conference on Monday as a “very nice welcome to international football.”
Facing the media later, Chiellini’s memory failed him. “Kane said I made a rough challenge on him once? I don’t remember, it could be the case... but it wasn’t on purpose.” Despite his fearsome reputation on the pitch, Chiellini is regarded as a gentleman off it and he was generous in his praise of Kane. “He’s an extraordinary forward as his statistics from the last year show,” he said. “He’s a complete forward who plays for the team. In my opinion he was already one of the best strikers and people were already talking about him then. I think I was a good judge.”
With inputs from Reuters
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