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Spurs held again as Euro adventure bogged down

Published on Oct 26, 2012 6:21 AM
Marcos Tavares (LEFT) of NK Maribor vies for the ball with Sandro of Tottenham during the Europa League football match NK Maribor v Tottenham Hotspur, on Oct 25, 2012 in Maribor. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - English Premier League outfit Tottenham had to settle for a third straight Europa League draw on Thursday when they were held 1-1 at Slovenia's Maribor.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson rescued a point to keep the Londoners in touch with Group J leaders Lazio, who could only manage the same scoreline at Panathinaikos.

Spurs trail the Italians by two points after a poor showing at the Stadion Ljudski, where last season Maribor were not good enough to see off second tier English Championship side Birmingham.

Robert Beric fired in from close range three minutes before the break for Maribor but Spurs' boss Andre Villas-Boas sent on Spaniard Iago Falque and he whipped over the cross which ultimately saw Sigurdsson convert in a goalmouth melee.

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