Wednesday February 14 2018
Juve 2-2 Spurs: The reaction in England

The English media were in buoyant mood this morning after Tottenham Hotspur fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Juventus.

The back page of the Daily Express leads with “Turin Proud”, a pun on the famous Turin Shroud.

“Make no mistake, this was a richly deserved result for the visitors” said the Guardian’s David Hynter, noting that Spurs had passed “the ultimate test of their character”.

In the same newspaper, Barney Roney focused on Gonzalo Higuain, wondering if he’s “a wonderful striker who seems destined to fall short at the very, very last”.

The Argentine appeared to be on the verge of “winning the tie on his own” to missing a penalty for 3-1, described as “a Sunday League fat-bloke effort hit down the middle and on to the crossbar while [Hugo] Lloris simply stood there”.

The Daily Telegraph called that early Higuain double “the worst start imaginable”, but Tottenham “went on to run the game for the next 80 minutes”.

Sam Wallace conclude that winning in Turin would have been “remarkable” but “Spurs did enough to suggest they can reach the quarter-finals”.

“A bemused silence greeted Christian Eriksen's equaliser,” the Daily Mail began. “The locals had not seen anything like it. Not for a year, or in reality much longer.”

Martin Samuel then went on to recount Juve’s impressive home record, with this the first time the Old Lady had conceded twice at home since January 11 last year - “this does not happen to Juventus. They do not disappoint once ahead. Not on home turf.”

Serge Aurier gave away the penalty Higuain missed, and the Daily Mail concludes “Aurier's booking ensured he was banned for the return leg. That's not the worst news”.

The Daily Mirror admits Spurs “could have been dead and buried as Gonzalo Higuain put Juventus two goals up within eight minutes”.

The 2-2 draw, however, “must surely make [Mauricio] Pochettino’s men favourites to go through”.