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Juventus don’t usually concede at home, and they certainly don’t throw away leads.

The Italian side had never lost a two-goal lead at the Juventus Stadium, their home since 2011, before Tuesday night. Yet, Tottenham managed to come from two goals down in their Champions League last-16 first leg tie in Turin.

Juventus had conceded just once in their previous 16 games, and none in 2018 until Harry Kane went past Gianluigi Buffon and scored with his left foot.

When Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the opening 10 minutes, it appeared the Italian champions were on course for the quarter-finals. But Spurs were brilliant, and dominated the final 80 minutes of the match. Christian Eriksen’s goal from a free-kick 20 minutes before the end gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a deserved draw, and the advantage in the tie with two away goals. Higuain may have missed a second penalty just before half-time, but a Juventus win would have been extremely harsh on Spurs.

Mousa Dembele was central to all of Tottenham’s positive play. The Belgian midfielder was flawless, controlling the game from deep and linking up with Eriksen throughout. Dembele ran the game, brushing off Juventus players who tried to get close to him and dribbling out of tight spots, his passes forward was crisp and incisive, and he won the ball back to restart moves.



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