Thursday October 4, 2012 Group Stage: Group J Finished Olimpiako Stadio

Panathinaikos 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Toché 77’
  • Dawson 35’

  1. Spurs surrender lead to Panathinaikos in Athens

    Spurs surrender lead to Panathinaikos in Athens

    Tottenham Hotspur failed to seal their first win against Greek opponents after drawing 1-1 in the Europa League against Panathinaikos. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Panathinaikos
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • FULL TIME: Panathinaikos 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
    • 90+3' Dangerous cross from Bale flashes across the box. Time nearly up here.
    • 90+2' Clumsy cross from Mavrias out for a throw.
    • 90+1' Chance for Mavrias but his shot is blocked. Danger there!
    • 90' Free kick. Three added minutes here.
    • 89' Walker gives the ball away cheaply and Townsend booked for a tug on Sandro.
    • 88' This game drifting towards an inevitable draw and that will be two points that got away for Spurs.
    • 87' Mavrias whips in a cross but Lloris is out to claim. Panathinaikos looking the more dangerous.
    • 86' Toche looks for a free kick against Dawson but it goes the other way.
    • 85' Panathinaikos sub: Christodoulopoulos off for Mavrias.
    • 84' If Spurs do draw, they may have to win three of their final four matches, having also drawn their first match.
    • 83' Vertonghen’s ball far too heavy and Sigurdsson has no chance of keeping it in.
    • 82' Panathinaikos really going for it now. They feel they can nick this one. Still no urgency in Spurs.
    • 81' Owusu-Abeyie fouled. Another free kick to Panathinaikos.
    • 80' Spurs sub: Huddlestone off for Sandro.
    • 80' Christodoulopoulos finds Pinto but it’s wide for a goal kick. Spurs must find something.
    • 79' Spurs will kick themselves if they don’t win this, so dominant have they been. Christodoulopoulos fouled. Another free kick!
    • 78' That came from nowhere but what a ball and what a finish. It was practically their first chance.
    • 77' GOAL Panathinaikos! Out of the blue! A fantastic ball from Seitaridis splits the defence and Toche slides it past Lloris.
    • 76' Bale sets it for Sigurdsson but he fires it into the wall. Karnezis has it back.
    • 75' Spurs sub: Lennon off for Townsend.
    • 74' Vyntra bundles over Lennon. Yellow card.
    • 73' Spurs just becoming a little sloppy and conceding possession a little too readily. This game not won yet.
    • 72' Good run Defoe and he shoots at goal. It catches Vyntra and deflects just wide of goal for a corner.
    • 71' Hand ball Christodoulopoulos. Free kick to Spurs.
    • 70' Toche takes but balloons it over the bar. Never threatened.
    • 69' Panathinaikos enjoying more possession and Zeca wins a free kick. Danger here.
    • 67' Lennon runs into three green shits and the home side have it back. Owusu-Abeyie plays in Christodoulopoulos who heads onto the post but the flag is up. Well offside.
    • 66' Spurs sub: Dempsey off for Sigurdsson
    • 65' Comfortable as Spurs are, they need more sharpness and a substitution could be imminent.
    • 64' Shot from bale on the edge of the box looking to surprise Karnezis but it swerves just wide.
    • 63' Owusu-Abeyie looks for Christodoulopoulos but Caulker is in well.
    • 62' Defoe looks to play in Vertonghen but it’s a poor ball straight to the keeper. Both sides fluffing their lines at the moment.
    • 61' Another woeful ball straight into the arms of the keeper from Seitaridis. They haven’t made anything of their possession.
    • 60' Spurs happy to just take their time and build from deep under not much pressure. Vertonghen overruns the ball. Goal kick.
    • 59' A bit high from Dempsey and Seitaridis theatrically goes down holding his back.
    • 58' Panathinaikos fans still in good voice here. Bale can’t keep the ball in and Panathinaikos have a throw deep in their half. Not much urgency from Spurs again but they’re comfortable.
    • 57' Shot from Dempsey from distance and Karnezis is down well to save.
    • 56' Panathinaikos with a lot more of the ball this half.
    • 55' Straight up the other end, Sissoko runs into the box and Dawson is again across well to avert the danger.
    • 55' A great first touch and run from Defoe and he bares down on goal before blasting over the bar. Good chance.
    • 54' Christodoulopoulos can’t keep it in. Another good position wasted for the home side.
    • 52' Panathinaikos win another free kick. They’ve started this half much better. Bale puts it behind for another corner.
    • 51' Owusu-Abeyie crosses in and Dawson does really well to turn it behind for a corner.
    • 50' Sissoko in acres of space down the right but it’s a woeful ball straight to Lloris.
    • 49' The ball comes off Sissoko and Spurs have a goal kick.
    • 48' Vertonghen plays in Defoe with a beautiful ball. Defoe half a yard offside and he slotted wide anyway. May have heard the whistle.
    • 46' Defoe draws an early foul. Free kick to Spurs in a dangerous position. Dempsey caught offside.
    • 45' Panathinaikos sub: Sissoko on for Marinos.
    • 45' We’re back underway here, Sissoko on for Marinos for Panathinaikos.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Panathinaikos 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
    • 45' One added minute. Huddlestone to take the free kick. Caulker heads wide.
    • 44' It’s been a workmanlike, if not inspiring half from Tottenham and they have done what’s required so far. Dembele fouled.
    • 43' Dempsey goes down looking for a penalty but nothing in that one.
    • 42' Foul by Lennon on Marinos. Seitaridis plays it in to Toche and Lloris completely takes his eye off the ball, flaps at it but gets away with it. Could have fallen to anyone.
    • 41' From an offensive free kick, Panathinaikos play it all the way back to the keeper and the crowd are on their backs for that one!
    • 40' Seitaridis caught by a retreating Bale and the winger is booked.
    • 39' Defoe sets up Huddleston who cracks in a shot. Karnezis is forced into a good low save down to his right.
    • 38' Lennon exchanges passes with Defoe at the edge of the box but Panathinaikos clear the latest threat on their goal.
    • 37' Spurs, unsurprisingly, have had five goal attempts to one.
    • 36' Shot from Bale is scrambled behind by Karnezis for a corner. The keeper has not looked solid.
    • 35' That’s the first goal for Spurs against Greek opposition from their first decent chance of the night.
    • 34' GOAL Spurs! Huddlestone takes the free kick and finds the head of Dawson, who glances it past Karnezis. No marking there.
    • 33' Neither keeper with a save to make yet. Triantafyllopoulos fouls Vertonghen. Free kick Spurs.
    • 32' Dempsey’s ball for Defoe is a little too heavy and it’s easy for Karnezis.
    • 31' Christodoulopoulos looks for Owusu-Abeyie but Walker intercepts.
    • 30' Comfortable as Spurs have been in possession, they could do with a little more urgency going forward.
    • 29' Vertonghen clips in a cross and Christodoulopoulos clears. Spurs have been comfortable so far.
    • 28' Christodoulopoulos smashes the free kick into the wall and Dembele is on hand to clear the danger. Walker puts it behind for a corner under pressure from Owusu-Abeyie. Easy claim for Lloris.
    • 27' Toche fouled. First dangerous free kick for Panathinaikos.
    • 26' Dembele feeds Lennon and he shoots at goal but it’s comfortable for Karnezis.
    • 25' Good run from Seitaridis but Walker in with the tackle.
    • 24' Defoe runs and crosses and it’s an awkward parry away from keeper Karnezis. Foul by Dempsey.
    • 23' Good little spell of possession for Panathinaikos but Bale eventually clears from a left back position.
    • 22' Strange attempted clearance from Toche who actually nodded it back into a dangerous position! Panathinaikos clear the danger.
    • 21' Bale fouled by Seitaridis. Yet another free kick in a good position for Spurs. Generous decision as Bale actually slipped over!
    • 20' Dempsey takes and it dips just over the top corner. Close from the American.
    • 19' Free kick to Spurs in a promising position for a hand ball from Vitolo.
    • 18' The ball catches Dempsey on his arm and the American points to his shoulder. Central free kick to Panathinaikos.
    • 17' Lovely little run from Dembele but Huddlestone’s ball for Huddlestone runs out of play.
    • 16' The home fans in good voice and Spurs, remember, have never scored in Greece.
    • 15' Panathinaikos coming back into this just a little bit and settling on the ball.
    • 14' A good run and cross by Seitaridis from a long ball but Lloris is out to claim well.
    • 13' Quick as Walker is, he can’t chase down the ball and it’s out for a Panathinaikos goal kick. No clear cut chances as yet.
    • 11' A good run infield from Walker but his left foot shot is blocked on the edge of the box.
    • 10' Vyntra does well to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick under pressure from Dempsey.
    • 8' Spurs already playing with plenty of width, using Walker down the right and Vertonghen on the left flank to whip balls in.
    • 7' Vertonghen gets to the byline and crosses in but Karnezis claims easily.
    • 6' Toche does well to win a throw off Dawson.
    • 5' Panathinaikos six without a win and Tottenham seven games unbeaten before tonight. Panathinaikos finally get into the Spurs half but have had little of the ball so far.
    • 4' Defoe wins Spurs another corner. Bale swings in but the Greeks clear the danger.
    • 3' The corner comes in and it’s straight off Pinto’s arm. Should have been a penalty!
    • 2' Good early start from Spurs. Dempsey wins a throw wide on the right. Could be a tough evening for the Greeks tonight. Good run and cross from Bale. Corner.
    • 1' German referee Florian Meyer blows the whistle to get us underway here. Spurs have set up 3-4-2-1 with Defoe on his own up front and Panathinaikos are employing a 4-3-3 with Touche up front.
    • 17.55 Only five minutes to kick off here. Match odds: Panathinaikos 13/5, Tottenham 19/20, Draw 13/5.
    • 17.50 The sides have never played each other before but Tottenham have played four games against Greek opposition previously, including two last season against PAOK in last season's Europa League group stage. Spurs, however, have never scored in Greece.
    • 17.45 Tottenham need four more goals to reach 200 in the UEFA Cup and UEFA Europa League. It is their 96th game in the two competitions.
    • 17.40 FACT: Panathinaikos striker Sebastian Leto spent two years at Liverpool, but never started a Premier League match due to complications with his work permit.
    • 17.35 Jesualdo Ferreira: "As you know, Kostas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos club captain who recently left) wasn't playing in any case due to a pre-existing punishment. Out of the next 10 games, he could not play in five so the question (of his departure harming their chances against Tottenham) is meaningless. Tottenham are a strong team and I respect them but in European competition it is important not to fear them."
    • 17.30 Andre Villas-Boas: “We feel confident now and our form has been impressive. We don’t stop here though. We have to improve our home form as well and we have to focus on that to make sure we continue this sequence. We now go to Panathinaikos and we are missing one match to complete the series (of three away wins in a week). It will be important to get the win there to put us back on track in the group stage of the Europa League."
    • 17.25 Panathinaikos, in stark contrast, have not scored in three UEFA fixtures, losing two and drawing one. However, they have not conceded a goal at home in Europe this season, recording a 3-0 win and a goalless draw. Check out the Group J fixtures and results.
    • 17.20 Spurs come into today’s match in fine form after their first away win at Old Trafford since 1989. And have conceded just once in their last four European away games, which have included 4-0 and 5-0 wins, a 0-0 draw at PAOK, and a 1-0 defeat at FC Rubin Kazan in last season's group stage.
    • 17.15 Panathinaikos have only beaten English opposition once, that victory against Arsenal in in the group stages of the 2001 Champions League.
    • 17.10 Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Dembele, Dempsey, Lennon, Bale, Defoe /// Panathinaikos: Karnezis, Andre Pinto, Seitaridis, Marinos, Vyntra, Triantafyllopoulos, Vitolo, Christodoulopoulos, Zeca, Toche, Owusu-Abeyie.
    • 17.05 TEAM NEWS: Hugo Lloris is likely to play just his second game for Spurs since his deadline-day transfer having played in the first group game against Lazio. Emmanuel Adebayor is still not fit having only trained once since recovering from injury, so Jermain Defoe could play up front again. Midfielder Jake Livermore and full-back Kyle Naughton should be fit again after the international break.
    • 17.00 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Europa League Group J clash between Panathinaikos and Tottenham at Olimpiako Stadio. Kick off 18.00 BST. Match preview.
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