Tottenham Hotspurs fell apart in an almost self-destructive way, to throw away a two-goal lead.
Tottenham Hotspurs and Olympiacos got UEFA Champions League Group B underway tonight, with the early kickoff.
It was a game that Spurs dominated in possession and took advantage of opportunities early on.
It should have been three points from an away game in the UEFA Champions League and a job well done.
You would have been forgiven for jumping to that conclusion 30 minutes into the match between Olympiacos and Tottenham.
A 26th-minute penalty was awarded for a blatant trip on Harry Kane by defender Yassine Meriah. Kane stepped up himself to bury the ball in the back of the net.
It was only four minutes later that Spurs seized the momentum they gained and Lucas Moura.
He latched on to a pass from Ben Davies. The Brazillian made no mistake in making it 2-0 in the 30th-minute, with a 20-yard rocket of a shot that hit the back of the net.
Two-nil up and cruising, surely a matter of going through the motions and disposing of the lesser opposition.
Perhaps Mauricio Pochettinos men took the cruising a little too literally and underestimated their “lesser” opponents.
Right before the stroke of half time, Castelo Podence scored a quality goal.
It brought the Greeks within touching distance and gave Spurs something to think about at the half time break.
2-1 to Spurs.
There was something far more significant about that goal though. It lifted a partisan and passionate crowd.
The fans roared their team on to chase the game and pressure the North London club. It was perhaps the 12th man that Olympiacos needed.
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In the 54th minute, they got a penalty of their own. Mathieu Valbuena stepped up to take the spot-kick and beat fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris.
It was all square at 2-2 with thirty minutes plus to play.
Spurs struggled to get a grip of the game from that pint on.
With Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, making poor decisions in going for glory when there were simpler options that may have restored the lead and grabbed the vital three points.
The Greeks will be happy to have taken something from last years finalists.
Pochettino and Tottenham will be ruing a missed opportunity to bag three points from an away fixture.
Olympiacos 2 – Tottenham Hotspurs 2.
The Lillywhites face Bayern Munich next, on October 1st.