Reviewing the first-leg ties of the Round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League
The Champions League finally returned with a bang and the past two weeks have given some exciting football action for the football fans around the World.
Some teams virtually sealed their spot in the quarterfinals like Bayern and Liverpool. Some clashes are still hung in the balance. In all the 8 fixtures, some of the usual suspects shone whereas the others failed to dazzle on the biggest of stages.
Let us take look at what happened in the first leg of the Round of 16 of UEFA Champions League before the second legs get under way next week.
#1 Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur
Juventus hosted Tottenham Hotspurs at Allianz Arena (Turin) on the first match day of the first-leg of the round of 16.
The home side started on a remarkable note, Higuain scoring 2 goals in the opening 9 minutes - One of them being a wonderful volley and adding another from the spot.
However, the visitors regrouped and, after Gianluigi Buffon had repelled Harry Kane's point-blank header, the Spurs striker rounded the keeper and put one in the back of the net in the 35th minute.
Coming back strong in the second half, Spurs piled up the pressure on the Bianconeri's defence and were suitably rewarded as Eriksen scored a goal from a free kick in the 71st minute. For all their defensive prowess, Juventus certainly will be blaming themselves for the result they got.
Second Leg: 8th March (IST), Wembley
Score: Juventus 2-2 Tottenham
Scorers: Gonzalo Higuain (2' 9' P), Harry Kane 35' Christian Eriksen 71'