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Tottenham held to frustrating 1-1 draw by Panathinaikos

Published on Oct 5, 2012 7:47 AM
Tottenham's Gareth Bale (centre) vies for the ball with Kostas Triantafyllopoulos (right) of Panathinaikos during the group stage Europa League football game between Panathinaikos and Tottenham at the Olympic stadium in Athens, on Oct 4, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Tottenham, fresh from upstaging Manchester United at Old Trafford, were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Panathinaikos in their second Europa League group outing on Thursday.

Spurs, flying high in fifth in the Premier League after their Old Trafford heroics, were in control of this Group J fixture against a side reeling from the sacking of their captain Kostas Katsouranis after Michael Dawson's first half header.

But their Greek hosts battled back to scrape an unlikely draw after the break courtesy of Spanish striker Toche.

With Lazio beating Slovenian outfit Maribor 1-0, missing a penalty in the process, Spurs slipped to third place behind their Serie A rivals who had Ederson to thank for their win.

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