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Toumbas Stadium (ATT 24,000) 15th September 2011 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: M Mazic

PAOK S'nika PAOK Salonika vs Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham

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Spurs survive Greek experience

Harry Redknapp's youngsters secure away point

Last Updated: 15/09/11 10:04pm

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Falque: Made his debut for Tottenham in their Europa League clash

Falque: Made his debut for Tottenham in their Europa League clash

A much-changed Tottenham line-up emerged with a creditable goalless draw from their Europa League opener with PAOK Salonika.

The visitors were unlikely not to be awarded a penalty in the first half when youngster Harry Kane appeared to be brought down by Pablo Contreras.

Spurs failed to win a spot-kick, but the home side had one of their own moments later which Lino missed after being asked to retake his effort.

PAOK finished the stronger of the sides, although veteran Italian keeper Carlo Cudicini would not be beaten as Spurs kicked off their Group A campaign with a point.

The Spurs team, with an average age of 23, entered the pitch to a deafening roar after being taunted constantly by the home fans during the warm-up.

PAOK's supporters, known as some of the most passionate in Europe, did not relent once the match started, but Spurs settled easily, keeping the ball well.

After a slow opening, the match took 15 minutes to spark in to life. The visitors almost took the lead when Jake Livermore broke into the box and dodged the advancing goalkeeper to square to Falque, but his shot was cleared off the line by PAOK skipper Contreras.

The loud, bare-chested fanatical support behind the home goal urged PAOK on and they grew in confidence. Vierinha twice came close to scoring, with Vedran Corluka putting in a well-timed block to deny the winger.

Diving

Tottenham might have been awarded a penalty in the 28th minute when Contreras brought down Kane in the box with a late sliding tackle, but referee Milorad Mazic booked the 18-year-old for diving instead.

Mazic then gave a penalty at the other end on the half-hour when Cudicini rushed out to bring down Stefanos Athanasiadis in the box.

Mazic booked Cudicini and Lino beat the Italian by firing home down the middle.

The referee made the defender take the penalty again, though, after he decided that at least one home player had entered the box and Lino put his second spot-kick wide, much to the frustration of the home support.

PAOK lost their discipline, with two players receiving bookings, before Roman Pavlyuchenko's fierce 20-yard free-kick flew just over in the 41st minute.

The home side started the second half the much more confident of the two sides.

Dimitris Salpingidis burst into the box, drawing out Cudicini but his square ball was gathered by Livermore, who sped away from Giorgos Fotakis before the winger hacked the youngster down from behind to earn a booking.

PAOK keeper Dario Kresic wandered out of his area to pursue Pavlyuchenko but the Russian wriggled free to square to Falque, who curled a shot agonisingly close to the right-hand corner of the empty goal.

Fired over

At the other end Stefanos Athanasiadis got on the end of Salpingidis' cross but shot over from eight yards under pressure from his marker.

The atmosphere in the stadium had dampened slightly before Garcia skipped past two players and fired just wide to wake the home fans up.

Corluka clattered into Lino on the edge of the box to earn a booking and gift PAOK a dangerous free-kick which they wasted, with Contreras skying Garcia's cross.

Tom Carroll was booked for taking a free-kick before the whistle 12 minutes from time and the referee brought the game to a stop to allow Giovani dos Santos to receive treatment after a late tackle by Lino.

Redknapp brought on Ryan Fredericks for his second Tottenham appearance in the place of the impressive Falque, who was unlucky not to leave the pitch with a debut goal.

The game entered a lull towards the end before Cudicini suddenly had to make two excellent diving saves to deny Ivic and Athanasiadis with seven minutes left.

Cudicini was on hand once more to deny Vierinha in stoppage time with a fine stop as PAOK sensed a late winner.

Redknapp sought to disrupt the Greeks' dominance by bringing on 19-year-old Dean Parrett, but the tactic did not work as Ivic then came close to finding a winner when he rattled Cudicini's bar from Vierinha's cross.

PAOK SalonikaTeam StatisticsTottenham Hotspur
0Goals0
01st Half Goals0
6Shots on Target2
10Shots off Target6
2Blocked Shots3
4Corners0
17Fouls12
8Offsides1
3Yellow Cards5
0Red Cards0
86.5Passing Success90
20Tackles12
65Tackles Success83.3
47.7Possession52.3
51.5Territorial Advantage48.5

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Matches

  • Europa League

    Thu 15th Sep - Group A
    • PAOK S'nika
      0 - 0
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    • Shamrock
      0 - 3
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group B
    • Hannover
      0 - 0
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    • FC Cop'hagen
      1 - 0
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group C
    • Hap Tel-Aviv
      0 - 1
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    • PSV
      1 - 0
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group D
    Thu 15th Sep - Group E
    • Dynamo Kiev
      1 - 1
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    • Besiktas
      5 - 1
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group F
    Thu 15th Sep - Group G
    • AZ Alkmaar
      4 - 1
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    • Austria Vienna
      1 - 2
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group H
    Thu 15th Sep - Group I
    Thu 15th Sep - Group J
    • Maccabi Haifa
      1 - 0
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    • S Bucuresti
      0 - 0
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group K
    • Wisla Krakow
      1 - 3
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    • Fulham
      1 - 1
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    Thu 15th Sep - Group L
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      4 - 1
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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 6 12
2 Villarreal 6 11
3 FC Zurich 6 7
4 Apollon Limassol 6 3

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Club Brugge 6 12
2 Torino 6 11
3 HJK Helsinki 6 6
4 FC Copenhagen 6 4

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 6 12
2 Tottenham Hotspur 6 11
3 Asteras Tripoli 6 6
4 Partizan Belgrade 6 2

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 16
2 Celtic 6 8
3 Dinamo Zagreb 6 6
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 6 4

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 6 18
2 PSV Eindhoven 6 8
3 Estoril 6 5
4 Panathinaikos 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 6 12
2 Dnipro 6 7
3 Karabakh-Azersun 6 6
4 St Etienne 6 5

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 6 12
2 Sevilla 6 11
3 Rijeka 6 7
4 Standard Liege 6 4

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 6 11
2 Wolfsburg 6 10
3 Krasnodar 6 6
4 Lille 6 4

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 6 13
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 6 12
3 Sparta Prague 6 10
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 6 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Kiev 6 15
2 Aalborg BK 6 9
3 FC Steaua Bucuresti 6 7
4 Rio Ave 6 4

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 13
2 Guingamp 6 10
3 PAOK Salonika 6 7
4 Dinamo Minsk 6 4

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 6 15
2 Trabzonspor 6 10
3 Lokeren SNW 6 10
4 Metalist Kharkiv 6 0

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