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Europa League – Spurs sink to shock defeat at home to ten-man PAOK

Added: November 30th, 2011 Author: Graham Vincent Category: Football, Sport

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Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 PAOK Salonika An under strength Tottenham side controversially slumped to a surprise defeat at home to 10-man PAOK Salonika, leaving their Europa League hopes hanging by a thread. Awful defending allowed the Greek side to race into a 2-0 lead inside 15 minutes at White Hart Lane, but after Kostas Stafylidis was dismissed for a hand ball and Luka Modric converted the subsequent penalty, it was one way traffic.


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Insider Despite a one man advantage for over 65 minutes, Spurs could not break down the resolute PAOK, who have now qualified as group winners. Photo: Guardian

But a controversial and bizarre refereeing decision late on to deny Jermain Defoe an equaliser means Spurs now need to thrash Shamrock Rovers on December 15 and hope PAOK do the same away to Rubin Kazan to qualify for the knockout stages.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had described the game as “must win” yet made 11 changes to the side that beat West Brom on Saturday, and it showed as Spurs initially struggled to contain a lively PAOK outfit, who would qualify from Group A with a win. On six minutes, winger Georgios Georgiadis crossed for Dimitris Salpingidis to head home after awful defending, then eight minutes later profited from nightmare defending from Vedran Corluka to allow Stefanos Athanasiadis to slide home.







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Tottenham lacked rythym, and seemed shocked to find themselves two goals down. The pivotal moment in the match came somewhat dubiously in the 38th minute. Moments after Defoe forced a fabulous save from keeper Kostas Chalkias, Stafylidis was sent off for handling on the line after blocking youngster Harry Kane’s goal bound shot. over Everton However, replays appeared to show the ball hitting the defender’s midriff. Spurs were handed a lifeline, and Modric duly converted the spot kick to give them hope. Tottenham thought they had equalised just after half time only for William Gallas’ header to be ruled out for offside.

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This did not deter them and from that point on Spurs created chance after chance, but PAOK defended resolutely with a tremendous team effort. 18 year old Kane headed over when it seemed easier to score, Steven Pienaar fluffed a 16 yard effort wide, then, with Tottenham camped in the visitors’ third, substitute Gareth Bale fired over from 12 yards. Then, with 12 minutes remaining, came the controversial moment. After Defoe prodded the ball home, referee Bas Nijhuis awarded the goal, but – with a PAOK player lying injured on the line and playing Defoe onside – the linesman called the play back for offside and the referee ruled the goal out. The decision bewildered Redknapp and his players, and TV replays offered no support for the referees’ decision.

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Gallas then had a header cleared off the line as Spurs’ pressure never ceased, but nor did PAOK’s resolute defending as their raucous supporters enjoyed a famous victory and qualification to the knockout stages of the competition. Chelsea Tottenham, though, must hope for a miracle. Celtic 0-1 Athletico Madrid Meanwhile, Celtic face a formidable task to qualify for the knockout stages after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to 2010 champions Atletico Madrid at Celtic Park. The Bhoys travel to Udinese in the final round of fixtures on December 15 needing a win to ensure progression, after Arda Turan’s powerful 32nd minute drive ensured Celtic’s record of never having beaten Atletico continued. Sp Braga 1-0 Birmingham In Portgual, Birmingham’s Europa League fate is out of their hands after also losing 1-0 to 2011 finalists Braga. Hugo Viana’s deflected strike gave the home side the win, but it could have been so different had Nicola Zigic not missed a penalty and had Braga defender Ewerthon not escaped a deserved red card to leave the Blues short changed for their early dominance. But Brum’s lack of top class football showed and they never looked like equalising, and must now beat Maribor at St. Andrew’s on December 15 to stand any chance of progression. Graham Vincent Full results: FC Metalist Kharkiv 4 – 1 Austria Vienna

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