Olympiakos fight back from two goals down to claim deserved draw with Tottenham in Champions League opener

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By Oliver Dawnay

18th September 2019,
7:46 pm

Olympiakos fought back from two goals down to claim a deserved 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.

Tottenham, against the run of play, were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute when Harry Kane was tripped by Yassine Meriah.

Kane scored a penalty but Spurs failed to claim victory in their first Champions League match

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Kane scored a penalty but Spurs failed to claim victory in their first Champions League match

The England striker gave the keeper no chance as he side-footed the ball into the roof of the net to put Spurs 1-0 up.

Spurs doubled their lead on the half-hour when Lucas Moura collected a pass from Ben Davies and lashed the ball past Jose Sa.

Dele Alli thought he had put his side 3-1 in front early in the second half, but VAR confirmed the returning forward was offside when he side-footed home.

Olympiakos pulled a goal back just before half-time when Mathieu Valbuena played in Podence and he found the bottom corner with a well-placed shot.

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The hosts were awarded a penalty of their own after 51 minutes when Jan Vertonghen was adjudged to have fouled Valbuena

The Frenchman stepped up and sent Lloris the wrong way to level for the home side.

And ultimately despite a persistent bombardment of the Olympiakos defence, Mauricio Pochettino’s men were unable to find a winner to claim their first victory of their European campaign.

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