A bemused silence greeted Christian Eriksen’s equaliser. The locals had not seen anything like it. Not for a year, or in reality much longer.
January 11, 2017, was the last time Juventus had conceded two goals at home, but that was an Italian Cup game. We all know what they think of the Coppa Italia round these parts.
So wind back further. February 23, 2016. Juventus 2 Bayern Munich 2. The last time a visiting team scored twice in a match that mattered. Yet Munich were 2-0 up that night and Juventus pulled it back. It wasn’t like this with Spurs’ late ascendancy.
When Christian Eriksen stood over the free-kick Juventus hearts fluttered, and for good reason. The Tottenham playmaker had been irrepressible, lifting his team from an early crash that left them trailing by two goals inside nine minutes and driving them forward with zip and precision.
It was the 72nd minute, Tottenham were alive thanks to yet another Harry Kane goal and Eriksen’s set-piece opportunity was central, a little under 25 yards out. What he did next had Tottenham’s hopes soaring and produced a result that showed they belong at this rarefied level.