Thursday September 15, 2011 Group Stage: Group A Finished Toumpas PAOK

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  1. Tottenham take point from PAOK

    Tottenham take point from PAOK

    A young Tottenham side seized a point with a goalless draw against PAOK Salonika despite the hosts missing a penalty at the Toumbas Stadium. More

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    • PAOK
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and Tottenham claim a goalless draw against PAOK Salonika! It's a decent result from Redknapp's young guns, and Spurs take a point away with them despite the hosts missing a penalty and a hatful of chances. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+1' The substitute Vladimir Ivic hits the bar with a diving effort inside the Spurs box, and Spurs are handed another reprieve!
    • 89' Dos Santos is booked for colliding with Arias on halfway, but that could easily have gone either way.
    • 87' More fine work from Pavlyuchenko sees the Russian bring the ball through the PAOK half, but Townsend crosses straight into Kresic's arms.
    • 85' Athanasiadis is penalised for a foul on Corluka as he strives and strains for a final opportunity in front of goal.
    • 83' Pavlyuchenko looks a very isolated presence in attack for Spurs now as he battles for every loose ball, all to no avail.
    • 82' What a save from Cudicini! Athanasiadis has his initial shot parried away by Cudicini, before the Italian makes a stunning second save down low to his right following an acrobatic shot!
    • 80' Fredericks comes on for Spurs as Falque is taken off, and he has played pretty well.
    • 78' Carroll is the latest player to be booked as the referee continues to not allow anything to pass without punishment.
    • 77' Vieirinha is adjudged to be offside as he mistimes his run from deep, and the Spurs back line have performed admirably on the whole.
    • 75' Corluka is cautioned by the referee, and the official has been hugely pedantic all evening.
    • 73' Bassong, who has not looked overly comfortable this evening, concedes a free kick with a foul on Athanasiadis.
    • 72' Pavlyuchenko goes down clutching his ankle in real pain following a challenge from Arias, and he gets to his feet very gingerly.
    • 71' Garcia breaks at pace alongside Salpingidis, but Walker does very well to prevent the attack going any further as he makes a timely intervention.
    • 69' Ivic is ruled offside as the substitute strays behind the Spurs back line looking to make an early impact.
    • 68' What a chance for PAOK! Salpingidis streaks clear down the right at pace and cuts the ball back incisively from the byline, but Athanasiadis somehow fails to divert the ball goalwards as he slides between Bassong and Corluka!
    • 67' Falque produces another bright run as he storms down the right, but the ball is adjudged to have drifted out of play at the byline.
    • 65' Pavlyuchenko drops deep as he has had to do throughout the evening, and the Russian links the play effectively, but Spurs need him in the box.
    • 63' Garcia links up the play from deep for PAOK, and Dos Santos harries him incessantly before finally winning back possession.
    • 61' Vladimir Ivic, a Serbian international, comes on to replace Fotakis as PAOK make their first change.
    • 59' Falque is full of energy in the final third for Spurs, and Kane goes down 25 yards out and wins a free kick.
    • 57' Townsend flies down the left but has to cut inside to get his cross into the box. It's tough work for Spurs right now.
    • 56' Lino concedes a free kick for a foul on Dos Santos, and the Mexican is making a nuisance of himself out on the right.
    • 55' Falque is penalised for a petty foul, and seconds later he lashes a wild shot wide of the target!
    • 53' Fotakis is booked, and rightly so, as he flies into a late challenge. It's pretty scrappy early on in this second half.
    • 51' Garcia takes the ball forward from defence for PAOK, but his raking long ball finds no one.
    • 50' Salpingidis is rather harshly penalised for challenging for an aerial ball on halfway with Townsend, and he cannot believe it.
    • 49' Fotakis is ruled offside as he looks to get in behind the Spurs back four, and that was a tight, but correct call.
    • 47' Neither manager has deemed it necessary to make any changes thus far, and PAOK keep the early possession.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and the home fans have lost none of their early vigour as they chant and jump around relentlessly!
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes with Tottenham level at 0-0 with PAOK, despite the Greek side having a penalty which Lino scored on the first attempt, but missed the second as it had to be re-taken! How did you see that first half, and what changes, if any, need to be made? Get in touch and let me know!
    • 45' Athanasiadis drives a low shot on target, and Cudicini makes a comfortable save down low to his right.
    • 44' PAOK break from deep with the hosts looking to keep possession, and both sides are battling hard to exert their authority.
    • 43' Kane skips in from the left to link up the play once more, and Spurs are keeping the ball well now.
    • 42' Dos Santos takes the ball down the right before feeding Pavlyuchenko, and eventually the Mexican loses the ball on the edge of the box.
    • 41' Spurs keep possession patiently as the visitors break from deep once more, but Pavlyuchenko volleys high and wide!
    • 40' Tottenham are gifted a free kick 25 yards out from goal, and Pavlyuchenko comes very close to scoring as his shot grazes the top netting!
    • 39' Pavlyuchenko takes the ball down the left with good perseverance, evading challenges and looking very sharp indeed.
    • 38' Arias is cautioned by the referee for a poor foul on Townsend, and the referee is keeping very busy.
    • 37' Falque concedes a free kick for a foul on Contreras, and that was another sloppy infringement from Spurs.
    • 36' Joe Jordan is out on the touchline barking orders at the midfield, telling them to keep their shape.
    • 35' Bassong is almost caught out again as he rampages up the field, and he needs to calm it down at the back.
    • 34' Livermore is given a stern ticking off by the referee for hammering a shot wide, apparently after the whistle was blown - it's too noisy out there!
    • 33' HE'S MISSED! Lino scores the first penalty, lashing it past Cudicini, but he is forced to re-take it due to encroaching, and he puts his second attempt wide!
    • 31' It's a penalty as Carlo Cudicini flies out and concedes a rash penalty kick, tripping up Athanasiadis, and now Lino will take the spot kick....
    • 31' PENALTY!
    • 29' Kane is shown the yellow card as he goes down under a challenge rather easily, it could have been a penalty, and he's furious!
    • 27' Kane is adjudged to be offside as he mistimes his run a fraction, and Spurs are having to attack from their own half.
    • 25' Pablo Garcia strays offside once more as PAOK look to dictate proceedings from deep.
    • 24' Livermore looks very bright for Spurs in midfield, and he continues to get on the ball eagerly and spray it about.
    • 23' Cudicini lumps a long ball upfield towards Pavlyuchenko, who takes the ball down in his stride before being crowded out again.
    • 21' Pavlyuchenko continues to lead the line effectively for Spurs, but the lanky Russian is not getting any service to speak of.
    • 19' Spurs are starting to be stretched at the back as Vieirinha storms down the flank and whips over a devilish delivery which zips across the six-yard box.
    • 17' Arias is penalised for a foul on Livermore, and that was a crude attempt at a tackle which doesn't lead to a booking.
    • 16' Townsend and Dos Santos combine to good effect, and Tottenham are battling hard to apply some pressure.
    • 15' Arias and Etto exchange passes as the hosts gradually begin to exert their authority on proceedings.
    • 13' Tottenham stroke the ball around patiently at the back, and the visitors have settled very impressively early on.
    • 12' Cleared off the line! Livermore makes a stunning run and shows terrific poise to jink inside two tackles and square the ball to Dos Santos, whose shot is cleared off the line by Contreras!
    • 11' Carroll drops deep and is unable to find Pavlyuchenko with a raking long ball which splits the defence but is too heavy.
    • 9' Vieirinha is flagged offside as he makes a sharp run from deep, but Spurs had it tracked all the way.
    • 8' Carroll buys a free kick intelligently as Spurs win the set piece on halfway, and now the visitors can build from deep.
    • 7' Salpingidis skips down the right at pace, but his cross is very poor from out on the flank, and it's a tame effort.
    • 5' Etto and Fotakis exchange passes in midfield, and the PAOK are battling hard early doors as they look to establish themselves.
    • 3' Pavlyuchenko drops deep to link up the play as he plays off the PAOK back four, and he's playing very well early on.
    • 2' Tottenham stroke the ball around in midfield with Livermore seeing a lot of possession, and the visitors start very well.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Toumbas Stadium, and the noise is absolutely deafening!
    • 17:55 Right, we're just five minutes from kick off now, and it's time for you to post your pre-match predictions and let me know what you make of the side Tottenham have put out... Get in touch!
    • 17:50 Well, it's fair to say that the Salonika fans are pretty nuts - they're going berserk early doors, hoisting huge banners and bouncing up and down on the spot relentlessly!
    • 17:45 Unbeaten in five European games - four since the start of this season - PAOK have lost just one of their last nine UEFA home games and have won both of their home matches in Europe this season.
    • 17:40 The clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition. PAOK beat Arsenal in the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round in their only previous tie against an English side while Tottenham knocked out Olympiacos as UEFA Cup holders in 1972/73 in their sole tie against a Greek side.
    • 17:35 I was just musing over the Spurs injury list, and it's a horror show! Pienaar, Sandro, Dawson, Gallas, Corluka, Kranjcar, King, Lennon... Check out the full list!
    • 17:30 And how could we not have an extra tab open to keep fully abreast of Shamrock Rovers' historic home match against Rubin Kazan...
    • 17:25 Another Premier League side is in action this evening, as Stoke City travel to the Valeri Lobanovsky stadium to face Dynamo Kiev. You can keep a tab open for that match...
    • 17:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! PAOK Salonika: Kresic, Malezas, Contreras, Lino, Etto, Pablo Garcia, Fotakis, Arias, Vieirinha, Athanasiadis, Salpingidis. Subs: Chalkias, Balafas, Robert, Papazoglou, Ivic, Sznaucner, Tsoukalas /// Tottenham: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Walker, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani, Falque, Kane. Subs: Gomes, Fredericks, Nicholson, Pritchard, Parrett, Stewart, Barthram
    • 17:15 Harry Redknapp agrees that the England job is a poisoned chalice and said he has not been approached by the FA to take over from Fabio Capello after Euro 2012. Will such speculation affect him for this trip? Full story
    • 17:10 The Greek side had to play their final home game of last season behind closed doors after trouble flared in a previous match, while they were banned from European competition for two years in the 1990s for a similar clash with Paris St Germain fans.
    • 17:05 Kyle Walker is sure Tottenham's young players can silence the fanatical PAOK Salonika fans in their Europa League Group A clash in Greece. After overcoming Hearts in the play-offs, Tottenham's campaign proper starts against the two-time Greek champions. While the competition is nothing but a distraction for Harry Redknapp, PAOK are desperate to make it through to the second phase for the first time in eight years. Read more
    • 17:00 Tottenham travel to the Toumbas Stadium to take on PAOK Salonika, with Harry Redknapp's side eyeing a positive start to their Europa League campaign.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' The substitute Vladimir Ivic hits the bar with a diving effort inside the Spurs box, and Spurs are handed another reprieve!
    • 82' What a save from Cudicini! Athanasiadis has his initial shot parried away by Cudicini, before the Italian makes a stunning second save down low to his right following an acrobatic shot!
    • 68' What a chance for PAOK! Salpingidis streaks clear down the right at pace and cuts the ball back incisively from the byline, but Athanasiadis somehow fails to divert the ball goalwards as he slides between Bassong and Corluka!
    • 40' Tottenham are gifted a free kick 25 yards out from goal, and Pavlyuchenko comes very close to scoring as his shot grazes the top netting!
    • 33' HE'S MISSED! Lino scores the first penalty, lashing it past Cudicini, but he is forced to re-take it due to encroaching, and he puts his second attempt wide!
    • 31' It's a penalty as Carlo Cudicini flies out and concedes a rash penalty kick, tripping up Athanasiadis, and now Lino will take the spot kick....
    • 12' Cleared off the line! Livermore makes a stunning run and shows terrific poise to jink inside two tackles and square the ball to Dos Santos, whose shot is cleared off the line by Contreras!
    • 17:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! PAOK Salonika: Kresic, Malezas, Contreras, Lino, Etto, Pablo Garcia, Fotakis, Arias, Vieirinha, Athanasiadis, Salpingidis. Subs: Chalkias, Balafas, Robert, Papazoglou, Ivic, Sznaucner, Tsoukalas /// Tottenham: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Walker, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani, Falque, Kane. Subs: Gomes, Fredericks, Nicholson, Pritchard, Parrett, Stewart, Barthram

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