Tottenham share a point with Panathinaikos in Europa League

Posted on by SoccerPunter

Tottenham, fresh from upstaging Manchester United at Old Trafford, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Panathinaikos in their second Europa League group outing on Thursday.

Spurs, flying high in fifth in the English Premier League after their Old Trafford heroics, were in control of this Group J fixture against a side reeling from the sacking of their captain Kostas Katsouranis after Michael Dawson’s first half header.

But their Greek hosts battled back to scrape an unlikely draw after the break courtesy of Spanish striker Toche.

With Lazio beating Slovenian outfit Maribor 1-0, missing a penalty in the process, Spurs slipped to third place behind their Serie A rivals who had Ederson to thank for their win.

Elsewhere, Lyon prevailed in a seven-goal thriller in Israel against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, Gueida Fofana bagging the injury time winner to earn the former multiple French champions a breathless 4-3 win.

Last season’s beaten Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao fell 3-1 at Sparta Prague, while there was joy for two Bundesliga sides – with Bayer Laverkusen and Hanover prevailing against Rosenborg and Levante respectively.

At Panathinaikos, France’s number one keeper Hugo Lloris made only his second start for Spurs in place of the rested Brad Friedel.

Lloris was one of three changes from the side that toppled United, with Dawson coming in at defence for William Gallas and made captain for the night. In midfield Tom Huddlestone replaced Sandro, who dropped to the bench.

After enjoying the bulk of possession early on, Tottenham took a 35th-minute lead when Dawson headed in Huddlestone’s curling free kick at the near post.

As half-time beckoned, Lloris was fortunate to get away with dropping an attempted catch from a ball coming in from the right, the £8 million signing from Lyon last month hastily making amends for his error.

After the restart, Jermain Defoe had a chance to seal the game but his shot from the edge of the box went over the bar. Panathinaikos were let off the hook again after the hour when Defoe’s deflected 20 yard shot narrowly went wide.

On 76 minutes, the Greeks stole an equaliser, against the run of play, when Toche ran onto a great through ball from Giourkas Seitaridis to round two defenders and shoot past Lloris into the far corner.

That set up a nervy final quarter of an hour for the Premier League highflyers, who held on for a point, although three were in the offing.

Inter Milan, who will face AC Milan in the San Siro derby for this weekend Italy Serie A, maintained control of Group H with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan against Neftchi, the goals all coming in the first half from Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, Joel Obi and Marko Livaja.

Former Inter and Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o inspired big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala to a 2-0 win over Swiss outfit Young Boys, the Cameroon striker converting a 62nd minute penalty and doubling up on the whistle.

That pushed Anzhi up to the top of Group A but Liverpool can regain the summit with victory over Udinese at Anfield later.

Also in action later for Europa League were reigning champions Atletico Madrid, up against Czech side Viktoria Pizen, while Marseille hosted Limassol of Cyprus and another French club, Bordeaux, faced Newcastle.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown pradissen posts a 1X2 tip on Manchester United vs Liverpool
3 minutes ago
Unknown pradissen posts a 1X2 tip on Manchester United vs Liverpool
3 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Juventus vs Bologna
10 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Hellas Verona vs Napoli
10 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Elche vs Barcelona
10 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Lazio vs Sassuolo
10 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday
10 minutes ago
Unknown Peter121 posts a 1X2 tip on Atlético Madrid vs Valencia
10 minutes ago
Unknown dfranks1508 posts a 1X2 tip on Yeni Malatyaspor vs Galatasaray
15 minutes ago
Unknown argy78 posts a Both Teams to Score tip on Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets
46 minutes ago
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.