Tottenham Hotspur has Tuesday evening a meritorious draw from the away match against Juventus in the eighth final of the Champions League. The Londonians were at an early stage of 2-0 arrears, but straightened their backs in Turin: 2-2. The return will be waiting in England in three weeks’ time. Gonzalo Higuaín made both hits for Juventus and missed a penalty penalty; on behalf of Tottenham Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were hit.
Prior to the game there was a lot about Kane, who according to opponent Giorgio Chiellini is on the level of players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar. When within ten minutes it was 2-0, all English hope was also in Kane. Halfway through the first half, the striker should have scored for the first time. After a marvellous pass by Eriksen, the ball sailed over Juventus’ defense, after which Kane could head in completely free for the goal. Due to a spectacular rescue of Gianluigi Buffon, however, the score remained intact.
In that phase Tottenham put a lot of pressure on him and that paid off after all. On the midfield, visitors took over the ball and Dele Alli served Kane with a pass. The English international went up for Buffon and did not fail this time: he surrounded the goalkeeper and worked the ball in an empty goal. In the injury time of the first company, Juventus was given an excellent opportunity to bring the margin back to two. After a silly violation of Serge Aurier on Douglas Costa, Higuaín was allowed to build Higuaín from eleven metres, but the Argentine shot hard at the bar.
The rush hour failed to complete his hattrick. In the second minute, Higuaín already completed his team at a head start, after taking the ball directly out of the air after a leaking free kick from Miralem Pjanic. In the ninth minute, for the first time in the evening, Higuaín took care of a penalty: he hit Federico Bernardeschi in the left corner after a late tackle of Ben Davies on Federico Bernardeschi. After a good start, the level of Juventus dropped and this led to an exciting and entertaining first half, with 2-1 as the resting position.
The second half began less spectacular than the first company. After about an hour, however, Higuaín did get a big chance of the 3-1: after a measured corner kick he headed up close on Hugo Lloris. Tottenham therefore stayed in the match and came twenty minutes before time even alongside. Eriksen took a free kick on an impending position and opted for a low shot in the short corner. The ball seemed tenable for Buffon, but only got one hand against it: 2-2. This was not the case, despite the fact that Juventus was still looking for the winning goal in the final phase.
Who survives the eighth final?