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Champions League: Harry Kane lauds Tottenham for showing character

Champions League: Harry Kane lauds Tottenham for showing character

The Italian giants will have to outscore Tottenham if they are to go through.

DF Jan Vertonghen, 8 - Contributed to Spurs' disastrous start when his uncharacteristically rushed clearance allowed Juventus to build pressure, resulting in the free kick that led to the opening goal.

The home side flew out of the blocks with Gonzalo Higuaín on target twice inside nine minutes.

Seven years ago, Harry Redknapp's side found themselves a goal down with 10 men after 15 minutes at the Bernabeu.

Instead, Christian Eriksen scored an equaliser for the London side in the second half.

"I thought that was a huge performance from Spurs", added Le Tissier.

Tottenham are in a great position facing into the second leg after their dramatic comeback in the Champions League last 16 first leg last night.

First Kane had a header saved from inside the six-yard box by Buffon, but the England striker was not to be denied for long, beating the veteran with a composed finish after Alli's pass.

"I want to congratulate the players - 2-0 down in Turin to a team so hard to break down".

"But [for] 83 minutes I think we dominate Juventus and that is a thing to prize, because not many teams can come here and dominate a team like Juventus". "We showed great character against a team that played two finals in three years, with awesome experience on the pitch".

"Fantastic game", said Pochettino.

"Of course we are more mature". "We played against a team that played very well especially after they received two goals". When the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon are protecting your goal it's no real surprise that you don't concede too many goals.

Spurs endured a hard opening ten minutes in Turin, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring twice.

"Football is like this, we went from 3-0 to 2-1, we had a 3-1 penalty and instead Tottenham equalised 2-2", explained Allegri of the game.

"Then it was to start another game and the team started to show the performances of the last few weeks".

"We still have a good chance to qualify in London, but it's totally insane to think that Juventus has to win 3-0 in the round of 16 in the Champions League".

The turning point arrived on the stroke of half-time when Higuain hit the bar from the penalty spot.

His opposite number Massimiliano Allegri said his side had been taken aback by Tottenham's riposte.

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