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  • Poch’s men throw away two-goal lead after Valbuena and Podence double

    first_imgSPURS travel to Greece as they get their Champions League campaign underway against Olympiakos.Last season’s beaten finalists, Mauricio Pochettino’s side have gotten off to a slow start in the Premier League – but will be keen for points on the road in Athens.Harry Kane (pen) and Lucas Moura gave Tottenham 2-0 leadDaniel Podence pulled one back before half-timeMathieu Valbuena equalises from penalty spotBayern Munich and Crvena zvezda play in the other Group B clashBT Sport 2 showing the match from 5.30pmLive stream on BT Sport appEE phone customers can sign up for £10 a month by texting SPORT to 150Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:45 pmCHANCE FOR OLYMPIAKOS – AND FULL TIMELloris has almost had a nightmare – coming and flapping unchallenged at high ball and going close to knocking it into his own net. Luckily Davies is there to clear up the mess.And that’s the last of it – all over. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (FT) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:41 pmFive minutes of time added on is being played…. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (90mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:40 pmIn the final minute of normal time now – is there time for a winner??Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:37 pmCLOSE FOR SPURS!!!!Harry Kane is fuming at Erik Lamela, who does amazingly well to burst into the box only to try to beat the keeper at the near post, and the shot is saved.Five yards away Kane was waiting unmarked to turn home the cross. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (87mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:36 pmThe way this game has gone, you wouldn’t bet against either team scoring a late winner.Tottenham know they can breach the Olmpiakos defence even when they have not played well, while the Greek side only need another moment through the dangerous Podence.But will their be winner?? Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (85mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:32 pmOUCH!!!Dabvinson Sanchez has just taken a tumble from some high over the top of Benzia, landing on his head.The Spurs defender is up quickly, not so Benzia who took a whack on the back of the head in the challenge.No real damage done though, play on referee….. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (82mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:29 pmIn other news, the call for Eriksen to get hauled off obviously never reached Pochettino – for the third Spurs sub has been made and it is Moura who jogs to the sidelines to give Lamela a run out. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (78mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:25 pmCHANCE FOR OLYMPIAKOS!!A let off for Spurs as Podence again gets in down the right, this time pulling back for substitute Yassine Benzia.He’s only just come onto the pitch, and Spurs are thankful of that because he slices his shot high over the bar. Should have at least hit the target. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (76mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:23 pmAnother sub for Spurs, as Son comes on for Alli.Eriksen surives, somehow…… Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (72mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:22 pmIn fairness, Tottenham have actually responded the better to that equaliser.There was a concern they would be overrun, but it appears to have sparked them into some sort of life and they now look as though they are up to speed with the game.It’s only taken them 70 minutes, mind. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (71mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:16 pmCHANCE FOR SPURS!!!Dele Alli gets in behind the Olmpiakos defence and sees his low shot tipped wide for a corner by Sa in the Greek goal.But why, oh why, did he not square the ball for Kane to roll into the empty net??It’s a big moment, and Alli made the wrong call. His apologetic hand wave to Kane shows he knows he got it wrong. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (66mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:12 pmHere comes the Tottenham sub, but it’s Ndombele who is coming off.Moussa Sissoko has been introduced to at least provide some drive to the Spurs midfield which has been sadly lacking so far. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (61mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:07 pmPochettino has one urgent call to make – bring off Christian Eriksen.The Dane is having an absolute shocker. He hasn’t looked interested, has continually given the ball away and was the man responsible for the penalty.Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:05 pmSpurs have thrown away a commanding position in this match, and now Olympiakos are back on level terms.The place is buzzing, the home side riding a crest of a wave and Tottenham looking a shadow of themselves.Worrying times for Mauricio Pochettino. Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (54mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:02 pmPENALTY TO OLYMPIAKOS!!!Eriksen was caught in possession just outside the Spurs area and the ball reached Valbuena, who was trod on from behind by Vertonghen.There’s no doubt at all it is the right decision.Vaklbuena dusts himself off to take against Lloris. France v France……..and scores!!! Olympiakos 2 Spurs 2 (53mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 7:00 pmGOAL, NO – OFFSIDE FOR SPURS!!!Eriksen whipped in a cross from the right and Dele Alli arrived in the six-yard box to touch home.The flag was straight up, Alli immediately wagging his finger claiming he knew he was onside.But the replay was clear as daylight, the Spurs man was just the wrong side of his marker and the goal is not allowed. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (50mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:58 pmThe early exchanges have at least seen Tottenham on the front foot.They look as though they have come out with far more urgency, possibly down to a rocket being delivered by Pochettino at the break.No chances so far though. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (47mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:56 pmAnd we’re underway in the second half….Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:42 pmAnd that’s it for the first half. Spurs have the single goal lead, Olympiakos have their tales up.The second half promises to be a big test now for Pochettino’s side. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (HT) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:39 pmGOAL TO OLYMPIAKOS!!!You can’t say they haven’t deserved it, and you can’t say Spurs haven’t had it coming.It’s impressive speed from the dangerous Podence to take him away from Davies and Vertonghen and he angled a low shot into the bottom corner.It looked a little too easy, though, if we’re honest. Olympiakos 1 Spurs 2 (44mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:36 pmHere’s @LucasMoura7’s beauty for your delectation: pic.twitter.com/t22w9yk0jy— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 18, 2019Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:35 pmIt’s vital now that Spurs can see this out to half-time without conceding.They have ridden their luck, and not played very well, but you sense the early adventure and optimism among the Olympiakos players and fans is starting to wane. Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (40mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:31 pm🎯 Lethal from the spot.#UCL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/ioeZ1KJ36p— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2019Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:30 pmTottenham are chancing their luck though, for the Greek side should really have pulled a goal back.Eriksen was daydreaming as Valbuena went down the left, allowing the Frenchman to pick out Masouras unmarked eight yards out – but the forward volleyed his effort into the ground and over the bar.Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (34mins) Duncan Wright19 Sep 2019, 6:28 pmIt’s quite hard to overstate just how against the run of play that first goal was, so for the second to follow in such quick time has really knocked this game on its head.Olympiakos had actually responded quite well to going behind, but one flash of brilliance and it looks a long way back from here. Olympiakos 0 Spurs 2 (32mins) Load more entries…last_img read more