Tottenham Hotspur threw away a two-goal lead against Olympiacos on Wednesday evening, as the home side fought back to claim a precious point in their opening Champions League match of the new campaign.
Spurs took the lead on 26 minutes, Kane earning and converting a penalty after being tripped in the opposition box. Lucas Moura doubled the Lilywhites’ advantage on the half-hour mark, lashing home brilliantly from 20 yards.
The hosts pulled a goal back before half-time, Daniel Podence exchanging passes with Mathieu Valbuena before rifling past Hugo Lloris. Valbuena then levelled the contest from the spot, after Christian Eriksen needlessly lost possession on the edge of his own box.
Both sides pushed for a winner, but a draw was a fair result in an intense and breathless encounter in Greece.
Key Talking Point
Much was made about Olympiacos’ excellent record against English sides in European competition, and the Greek side once again held a stronger opposition in their intimating backyard.
Substitutes: Benzia (6), Randjelovic (6), El Arabi (N/A)
STAR MAN – Daniel Podence was a constant thorn in Spurs’ side, and looks to be an exciting young player to keep an eye on this year. The Portuguese youngster showed neat footwork whenever in possession and drove dangerously at the away side’s backline.
Welp, Olympiacos have one back. Great one-two and Podence fires past Lloris. 2-1 Spurs.
— Cartilage Free Captain (@cartilagefree) September 18, 2019
Key Talking Point
Substitutes: Sissoko (6), Son (5), Lamela (5)
STAR MAN – Lucas Moura loves the Champions League. Despite his struggles to perform consistently in the Premier League, the diminutive Brazilian excels when playing in Europe.
Despite Spurs’ topsy-turvy display, the 27-year-old continued to probe and run in behind the Olympiacos defence all evening.
The Brazil international scored a sensational first-half goal, sending an absolute pile-driver beyond the Greek side’s goalkeeper, and he seemed to be on the top of his game until his surprising substitution.
Lucas will be desperate to translate his Champions League form into the Premier League and earn a consistent run in Pochettino’s side.
Buying Lucas Moura for only £25million doesn’t get talked about enough, that is daylight robbery.
— Hotspur Edition (@HotspurEdition) September 18, 2019
Ben Davies and Sanchez are killing Toby and Jan. They’re both getting split 24/7, expected goal.
— Cenk (@ForzaYids) September 18, 2019
Olympiacos follow up their impressive display against Spurs with a huge trip to Panathinaikos on Sunday, as they look to continue their excellent start to the new campaign.
Pochettino’s men put in a disappointing display on Wednesday night, but they face a tough test upon their return to domestic competition when they travel to Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City in the Saturday lunchtime kickoff.