Thursday December 6, 2012 Group Stage: Group J Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Panathinaikos

  • Adebayor 29’
  • Karnezis 76’ (o.g.)
  • Defoe 82’
  • Zeca 54’

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  1. Europa League - Spurs beat Panathinaikos to reach last 32

    Europa League - Spurs beat Panathinaikos to reach last 32

    Tottenham reached the last 32 of the Europa League after a 3-1 win over Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane. More

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    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Panathinaikos
    • FT Tottenham are safely through to the last 32, although Lazio's win over Marobor ensures they win the group. Tweet me your reaction!
    • 90' FT Tottenham 3-1 Panathinaikos
    • 88' Walker fires a corner in from the left that Sigurdsson heads a couple of feet wide.
    • 87' Tottenham sub: Livermore on, Lennon off
    • 86' Good run by Walker, who drives into the box and pulls the ball back to Defoe, who can only stab wide under pressure.
    • 85' The Spurs fans making all the noise now. They know their side are a few minutes away from the knockout phase of the Europa League.
    • 83' GOAL Defoe makes it 3-1! Game set and match to Spurs. Lennon creates the goal with a driving run infield from the right and perfectly timed through ball to defoe, who beats Karnezis with a beautifully delicate chip.
    • 82' That goal has changed the complexion of the game, and Spurs are looking very comfortable now.
    • 81' Dempsey goes off to a standing ovation after a superb display. Perhaps his best in a Spurs shirt.
    • 79' Tottenham sub: Sigurdsson on, Dempsey off
    • 77' Dempsey spots a good run by Defoe with a lovely through ball, but it's intercepted at the last moment.
    • 75' GOAL Spurs make it 2-1! Dempsey attacks Walker's free-kick from the right to send a header against the underside of the bar, which bounces off keeper Karnezis and into the net.
    • 73' Tottenham sub: Dembele on, Carroll off
    • 71' Naughton has been all over the shop in the second half. On a yellow card already, he may be replaced by AVB at some point.
    • 71' Naughton has been all over the shop in the second half. On a yellow card already, he may be replaced by AVB at some point.
    • 70' Toche almost scores for Panathinaikos! A deep ball into the box isn't dealt with by Naughton and Vertonghen, who get in each other's way, and Toche seizes on the loose ball but sends his shot wide when he should score. Huge chance.
    • 69' Spurs are preparing Dembele.
    • 68' The momentum has really swung in this game and Panathinaikos are the side looking more likely to score a second. Spurs have struggled since Defoe hit the post in the 47th minute.
    • 67' Lennon gets beyond Spyropoulos, who cynically fouls the England winger and is quickly shown a yellow card.
    • 65' Sissoko bursts into space down the right, but is bundled over by Naughton, who sees yellow.
    • 63' A lapse in concentration by Kyle Walker lets Mavrias collect the ball on the left wing, but his cross is gathered well by Friedel.
    • 61' Panathinakos sub: Christodoulopoulos on, Sow off
    • 60' The Greek fans making all the noise now and suddenly Panathinaikos are looking like they could get the goal they need to go through. Tottenham must regroup.
    • 59' Spyropoulos bends the ball into the box, but Caulker deals with it well.
    • 58' Carroll fouls Spyropoulos and Panathinaikos have a free-kick in a dangerous area on the left.
    • 56' Panathinaikos have been renewed by that goal. They are showing far more desire now, and Spurs looks edgy.
    • 54' Tottenham have been warned. They are suddenly a goal away from going out of the Europa League.
    • 52' GOAL Zeca scores for Panathinaikos! Zeca loses Kyle Naughton to reach Spyropoulos's cross to the far post, and Zeca heads beyond Freidel from close range to make it 1-1.
    • 50' Spurs almost playing at walking pace. The game certainly in a lull here.
    • 49' Spurs have started the second half as they left off. Panathinaikos chasing shadows... you wonder when they'll show any ambition to get the win they need.
    • 47' Defoe hits the post! Dempsey again the provider with an early through ball, but Defoe's instinctive low shot comes back off the inside of the post. So close.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. We are back underway at White Hart Lane.
    • - HT Spurs utterly dominant against an unadventurous Panathinaikos side. Adebayor's neat finish separates the sides, but Spurs will be expecting to add to their lead in the second half. Tweet me your second half prediction!
    • 45' HT Tottenham 1-0 Panathinaikos
    • 44' Vertonghen attacks Walker's free-kick to force another corner, which Panathinaikos clear.
    • 43' Adebayor plays a neat one-two with Carroll, but the Togolese striker takes a heavy touch as he shapes to shoot and is forced to settle for a corner.
    • 42' Dempsey is penalised as he flies into a challenge with Seitaridis, but Dempsey looks far sharper for Spurs tonight. Finally looks comfortable in his skin at White Hart Lane.
    • 40' Lazio are now 3-0 up against Maribor. They seemed to have sown up top spot in the group.
    • 39' Panathinaikos half clear to Dempsey, who drives into the box but is adjudged to have handballed it.
    • 38' Lennon leads a blistering Spurs counter attack. He finds Adebayor, who picks out Defoe with a superb cross field ball, and Defoe forces a corner.
    • 37' In fairness to Defoe, he was slightly off balance. But that goes down as a big chance.
    • 36' Defoe misses from close range! Lennon squeezes a cross into the six yard area that Seitaridis heads clear to Defoe, who takes a touch but sends his left-footed shot over.
    • 35' Zeca looks to pick our Toche with a through ball, but Vertonghen is alert and makes a vital interception.
    • 34' Lazio have scored a second against Maribor, and look well on course to top the group.
    • 32' Loose ball falls to Sandro 25 yards out, but the Brazilian has a rush of blood to the head, lashing well over with his first-time effort.
    • 31' Chance for Spurs as Dempsey fires over from 20 yards, but the flag was up against Defoe, who had created the chance.
    • 30' Zeca plays a deep cross towards Toche that Friedel comes a long way out to intercept. But the keeper does well, palming the ball away to safety.
    • 29' Panathinaikos are now in need of two goals to get the win they need to progress. As things stand, Spurs are going through in second place behind Lazio.
    • 28' GOAL Adebayor scores for Spurs! Dempsey threads a lovely through ball to Adebayor, who cooly slots past Karnezis.
    • 26' Spurs just need to find an extra gear going forward. They're dominating the game but, defensively, Panathinaikos are resonably comfortable.
    • 24' Lennon switches flanks and crosses from the left, but Vyntra heads clear.
    • 23' Lazio have taken the lead against Maribor. If Lazio win tonight, they top the group.
    • 22' Hint of offside as Toche struck that, but the Polish assistant referee didn't think so.
    • 21' Best chance of the game for Panathinaikos as Toche tries to divert Seitaridis's free-kick beyonf Friedel, but the American goalkeeper makes the stop.
    • 20' Panathinaikos have weathered the early Spurs storm and are settiling into this.
    • 19' Adebayor sells Vertonghen short with a lazy ball that Sow intercepts, and Vertonghen fouls Sow. The Belgian lucky not to be shown a yellow card.
    • 18' Carroll seeing a lot of the ball for Spurs tonight. Has been a key player for the Lillywhites in their Europa League campaign.
    • 17' But Spurs come at them again and Caulker, still in the box from the previous attack, collides with Karnezis, and Panathinaikos have the free kick.
    • 16' Walker lashes the dead ball at goal, but it strikes the wall and Panathinaikos clear.
    • 15' Dempsey is tripped on the edge of the box by Vitolo and Spurs have a free-kick in a good position.
    • 14' Every time Spurs lose the ball they win it back and come back at Panathinaikos. Only seems like a matter of time before they make the breakthrough.
    • 13' Spurs attack again through Dempsey, who cuts infield from the left but loses control as he attempts to poke it through to Adebayor.
    • 12' Sow catches Carroll late, but it's Sow who's come out of the challenge injured.
    • 11' Bu the Greek side will have to show more ambition if they are to get the win they need to go through.
    • 10' Naughton is forced to go back to Friedel from the halfway line as Panathinaikos remain very disciplined defensively.
    • 9' Wave after wave of Spurs attack here. Panathinaikos just not getting out of their own half.
    • 8' Carroll's corner is easily cleared at the near post. Panathinaikos had everybody back for that corner. It's already clear that the Greek side will have plenty of bodies back in defence tonight.
    • 7' But Walker picks up the pieces and sprints down the right to force a corner.
    • 6' Dempsey does well to feed Adebayor on the left, whose cross is a good one - but Panathinakos clear.
    • 5' Spurs playing both Adebayor and Defoe in attack tonight and the two combining well so far, but without really causing Panathinaikos any problems.
    • 4' Mavrias receives the ball wide on the Panathinaikos left, but Walker gets back to snuff out the danger.
    • 3' Carroll releases Naughton with a long ball forward, but the ball skids off the greasy surface and away from the left-back.
    • 2' Spurs knocking the ball around confidently early on. Panathinaikos happy to let Spurs take the game to them.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Panathinaikos get us underway at White Hart Lane.
    • 20:00 Andre Villas-Boas: "At the moment this is a decisive game. We've done excellently in this group phase. We have taken it very seriously. We are very proud in how we approach the competition and we want to go through."
    • 19:55 Kick off will be under way in North London at 20:05 tonight - not long to go now.
    • 19:45 There's plenty of action across the continent tonight, including both Liverpool and Newcastle who are approaching full-time in their respective matches. Europa League scores and scorers
    • 19:40 Tonight's referee is Pawel Gil (Poland).
    • 19:35 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Carroll, Dempsey, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Stewart /// Panathinaikos: Karnezis, Seitaridis, Triantafyllopoulos, Vyntra, Spyropoulos, Vitolo, Sow, Sissoko, Zeca, Mavrias, Toche. Subs: Kapino, Christodoulopoulos, Fornaroli, Marinos, Petropoulos, Chouchoumis, Velazquez
    • 19:30 Speaking of AVB, he's apparently more than happy for his players to go out and have a Christmas party - unlike his predecessor Harry Redknapp. 'Two or three parties'
    • 19:25 With Friedel coming back into the Spurs line-up, manager Andre Villas-Boas has said the American still has a future at White Hart Lane. Friedel has future at Spurs - AVB
    • 19:20 Panathinaikos coach Juan Roman Rocha has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
    • 19:15 Spurs will have to make do without the flying Gareth Bale, who is out with a hamstring injury. Michael Dawson is also out, while Hugo Lloris is likely to be rested, with Brad Friedel coming back in.
    • 19:10 If the Greek side win, they go through.
    • 19:05 It's pretty simple for Spurs: win or draw and they go through to the knockout stage of the competition.
    • 19:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of tonight's Europa League game at White Hart Lane.
  • Summary

    • 83' GOAL Defoe makes it 3-1! Game set and match to Spurs. Lennon creates the goal with a driving run infield from the right and perfectly timed through ball to defoe, who beats Karnezis with a beautifully delicate chip.
    • 75' GOAL Spurs make it 2-1! Dempsey attacks Walker's free-kick from the right to send a header against the underside of the bar, which bounces off keeper Karnezis and into the net.
    • 70' Toche almost scores for Panathinaikos! A deep ball into the box isn't dealt with by Naughton and Vertonghen, who get in each other's way, and Toche seizes on the loose ball but sends his shot wide when he should score. Huge chance.
    • 52' GOAL Zeca scores for Panathinaikos! Zeca loses Kyle Naughton to reach Spyropoulos's cross to the far post, and Zeca heads beyond Freidel from close range to make it 1-1.
    • 47' Defoe hits the post! Dempsey again the provider with an early through ball, but Defoe's instinctive low shot comes back off the inside of the post. So close.
    • 36' Defoe misses from close range! Lennon squeezes a cross into the six yard area that Seitaridis heads clear to Defoe, who takes a touch but sends his left-footed shot over.
    • 28' GOAL Adebayor scores for Spurs! Dempsey threads a lovely through ball to Adebayor, who cooly slots past Karnezis.
    • 21' Best chance of the game for Panathinaikos as Toche tries to divert Seitaridis's free-kick beyonf Friedel, but the American goalkeeper makes the stop.
    • 19:35 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Lennon, Sandro, Carroll, Dempsey, Defoe, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Stewart /// Panathinaikos: Karnezis, Seitaridis, Triantafyllopoulos, Vyntra, Spyropoulos, Vitolo, Sow, Sissoko, Zeca, Mavrias, Toche. Subs: Kapino, Christodoulopoulos, Fornaroli, Marinos, Petropoulos, Chouchoumis, Velazquez

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