Harry Kane led a brilliant Tottenham fight back as Mauricio Pochettino’s pulled off a major Champions League upset.
Kane and Christian Eriksen were both on target as Tottenham shocked European giants Juventus to give themselves a glorious chance of reaching the quarter finals.
Tottenham will know they could have been dead and buried as Gonzalo Higuain put Juventus two goals up within eight minutes and then missed a 45th minute penalty.
But Mauricio Pochettino’s men put on a brave fight back and Kane’s brilliantly executed 35th minute strike gave them hope.
Dele Alli’s wonderful through ball released Kane who rounded Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon before scoring against a defence which had only conceded one goal in their previous 16 games.
But Tottenham’s night was not over as Eriksen’s low 72nd minute free kick gave them an equaliser and must surely make Pochettino’s men favourites to go through.
1. Tottenham showed great spirit – and they are now favourites
Mauricio Pochettino was cursing on the touchline, fearing that Tottenham’s Champions League campaign was all over in the space of eight minutes.
Gonzalo Higuain’s double – brilliant finish followed by clinical penalty – would have finished most teams and even Tottenham in the past would probably have rolled over.
But their remarkable spirit and fight back saw Tottenham haul themselves back into the contest and Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen scored to give them every chance of reaching the quarter finals.
No-one should forget what a good team Juventus are and they have genuine European pedigree which only makes Tottenham’s achievement even more remarkable.
2. Harry Kane proves himself on the big stage
Kane’s fantastic finish to get Tottenham back in it not only showed he can mix it with the big boys but also wrote his name into the Champions League record books.
Kane equalled the record for the most goals scored by an English player in a single Champions League season (seven), level with Steven Gerrard in 2008-09.
Kane was an absolute menace to Juventus’s defence, dropping deep, getting into the box and giving Giorgio Chiellini the runaround.
3. Poch got his team wrong – and the defending was very Spursy
By the time Tottenham got to grips with the game they were 2-0 down. You could blame the players, silly mistakes or Mauricio Pochettino will probably be wondering if he got his starting XI wrong.
Of all the predicted line-ups, surely no-one saw Erik Lamela starting as he has not been a regular in the Premier League. He was the joker in the pack and it did not work.
They lost Gonzalo Higuain on his first goal and Serge Aurier committed a crazy foul to concede a penalty which, fortunately for Spurs, Higuain missed.
Tottenham were spirited with their fightback after the early blow but Poch may be quietly blaming himself.
4. Gonzalo Higuain went from hero to villain
Gonzalo Higuain was at the heart of everything in a crazy first half. Great opener, scored a penalty and then missed a penalty and you could feel the frustration from the fans.
This guy is such a great finisher but he can drive fans mad as he does not always offer a lot else (crazy, I know) and when he misses chances…
Higuain is not the all round striker like Harry Kane even if he will carry on scoring.
5. Juventus are more about the team than superstars
Yes, they are missing Paulo Dybala through injury and have Giorgio Chiellini, Gialuigi Buffon and Gonzalo Higuain, but this Juventus team is exactly that: a team.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has built a well drilled team, an incredible defensive unit which, before they faced Tottenham, had been on a 16 game unbeaten run only conceding one goal in the process.
They may lack the superstars of a Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo but they arguably have a better team than Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain and maybe, just maybe, this might be their year. Only if they can get past Spurs, of course.