Panathinaikos scored an unlikely late equaliser to leave Tottenham still seeking their first Europa League win in Group J.

A first-half header from captain Michael Dawson had Spurs in a commanding position, but they failed to build on the momentum.

And Panathinaikos drew level with 13 minutes to go, Spanish striker Toche sliding in to finish past Hugo Lloris.

Spurs, who had seemed in total control, then had to hold on to take the point.

Group J - Europa League

Pld GD Pts

Lazio

2

1

4

Maribor

2

2

3

Tottenham

2

0

2

Panathinaikos

2

-3

1

Tottenham dominated long periods of the match, justifying manager Andre Villas-Boas's decision to select a strong starting XI.

However, veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel was left at home, handing only the second start of his Spurs career to deadline-day signing and France number one Lloris.

There was a change in defence too, with 35-year-old William Gallas dropped to the bench and Dawson preferred at centre-back.

And it was skipper for the night Dawson, 28, who broke the deadlock on 34 minutes.

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos upended Jan Vertonghen near the box, and Panathinaikos's players protested against the decision when they could have been organising their defence.

Dawson had seemingly the freedom of the area to run, rise and glance Tom Huddlestone's cross past Greek keeper Orestis Karnezis.

Much of the game was stolid and stifled in muggy Athens conditions, but Spurs still fashioned openings.

Red Hot Olympic Stadium

Anthony Kiedis

Panathinaikos's home ground is the Olympic Stadium in Athens, with a capacity of nearly 70,000. It was not full for the visit of Spurs, but it was sold out exactly a month ago when the US band Red Hot Chili Peppers filled the arena.

Inside three minutes they had a penalty appeal. A Steven Caulker header back across the box from a Gareth Bale corner struck the arm of defender Andre Pinto, but the referee was unmoved.

Powerful attempts either side of half-time from Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe came to nought, and Karnezis had few challenging saves to make.

On the half hour, Lennon surged forward unchallenged and unleashed a fierce drive, but it was straight at the Panathinaikos stopper. A swerving Bale attempt 10 minutes before half-time was tipped wide, and with 15 minutes remaining a Defoe effort bound for the bottom corner was unwittingly blocked behind by Panathinaikos captain Loukas Vyntra.

The hosts, who are in turmoil domestically - sitting fourth from bottom in the Greek Super League - posed little threat to Spurs for most of the 90 minutes, but took the one clear-cut chance they created.

Midfielder Giourkas Seitaridis collected the ball on the right flank, then slid in a pass which dissected the Tottenham centre-back pairing of Dawson and Caulker.

Former Atletico Madrid youth player Toche slid in to divert the ball expertly beyond the prostrate Lloris.

From that moment on Tottenham had to weather a storm of Panathinaikos shots, crosses and long throws into the box. They succeeded, but will look back on the match as a series of missed opportunities.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas:

"I don't think we were complacent. We have to give credit to Panathinaikos, they pressed much more and started to gain belief from that and that led to the goal.

"I think the whole team felt a bit disappointed because the first half was so positive and we were in control of situation.

"We were a bit sloppy in the second half. I understand the disappointment at not putting the game to bed, but in the end we congratulated the players because if it had been other way round, the whole perspective would have been different.

"In the end it leaves us with two points. Maribor have three and Lazio have four so everything is open as we go into the double-headers."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Panathinaikos

  • 27 Karnezis
  • 05 Andre Pinto
  • 16 Seitaridis
  • 22 Marinos (Sissoko - 46' )
  • 24 Vyntra Booked
  • 45 Triantafyllopoulos
  • 06 Vitolo
  • 10 Christodoulopoulos (Mavrias - 85' )
  • 17 Zeca
  • 09 Toche
  • 61 Owusu-Abeyie (Chouchoumis - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kotsolis
  • 41 Chouchoumis
  • 07 Mavrias
  • 23 Lagos
  • 03 Sissoko
  • 14 Fornaroli
  • 21 Barbarouses

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 20 Dawson
  • 28 Walker Booked
  • 33 Caulker
  • 02 Dempsey (Sigurdsson - 66' )
  • 06 Huddlestone (Sandro - 81' )
  • 07 Lennon (Townsend - 75' )
  • 11 Bale Booked
  • 18 Defoe
  • 19 Dembele

Substitutes

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 13 Gallas
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 27 Falque
  • 30 Sandro
  • 31 Townsend
  • 38 Mason
Ref: Meyer
Att: 23,000

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

4 7

Corners

4 6

Fouls

12 19

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:54 Substitution

Substitution Quincy Owusu-Abeyie leaves the field to be replaced by Diamantis Chouchoumis.

89:43

Jose Toche crosses the ball in from the free kick, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance. Charis Mavrias takes a shot. Blocked by Raniere Sandro.

89:43 Booking

Booking Kyle Walker goes into the book.

89:33

Foul by Michael Dawson on Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, free kick awarded.

86:12

Gareth Bale takes the inswinging corner, Steven Caulker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Orestis Karnezis. Free kick taken by Orestis Karnezis.

85:15

Jose Toche gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

84:25

Orestis Karnezis takes the direct free kick.

84:25 Substitution

Substitution Lazaros Christodoulopoulos leaves the field to be replaced by Charis Mavrias.

84:25

Loukas Vyntra fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick.

83:28

Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.

81:09

Kyle Walker challenges Quincy Owusu-Abeyie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

80:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andros Townsend on Ibrahim Sissoko. Direct free kick taken by Giorgos Seitaridis.

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Raniere Sandro is brought on as a substitute for Tom Huddlestone.

79:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos by Kyle Walker. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has an effort direct from the free kick.

78:38

Mousa Dembele challenges Victor Vitolo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Victor Vitolo.

76:38

Giorgos Seitaridis provided the assist for the goal.

76:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Toche - Panath'kos 1 - 1 Tottenham Jose Toche scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Panathinaikos 1-1 Tottenham.

75:47

Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.

75:47 Booking

Booking Loukas Vyntra booked for unsporting behaviour.

74:07 Substitution

Substitution Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon.

74:07

Foul by Loukas Vyntra on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded.

71:59

Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Loukas Vyntra. Corner from left by-line taken by Gareth Bale.

71:25

The referee penalises Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for handball. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

71:05

Foul by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos on Steven Caulker, free kick awarded. Steven Caulker restarts play with the free kick.

69:13

Tom Huddlestone concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Carlos Zeca. Strike comes in from Jose Toche from the free kick.

67:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. Hugo Lloris takes the indirect free kick.

65:43 Substitution

Substitution Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Clint Dempsey.

64:47

Ibrahim Sissoko fouled by Jan Vertonghen, the ref awards a free kick. Giorgos Seitaridis restarts play with the free kick.

64:18

Shot from outside the box by Gareth Bale misses to the left of the target.

62:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Huddlestone on Jose Carlos Zeca. Free kick taken by Victor Vitolo.

59:04

Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Giorgos Seitaridis. Free kick taken by Victor Vitolo.

57:35

Shot from 25 yards from Clint Dempsey. Save by Orestis Karnezis.

55:31

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.

55:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, clearance made by Tom Huddlestone.

54:27

Shot on goal by Jermain Defoe from just inside the area goes over the target.

52:14

Mousa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos from left wing, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos.

51:35

Corner taken by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, clearance made by Steven Caulker.

51:06

Ibrahim Sissoko takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.

48:29

Jermain Defoe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Orestis Karnezis.

47:06

Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Giorgos Seitaridis results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone. The official flags Clint Dempsey offside. Orestis Karnezis takes the indirect free kick.

46:30

Foul by Jermain Defoe on Jose Carlos Zeca, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jose Carlos Zeca.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Ibrahim Sissoko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stergos Marinos.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

44:59

Victor Vitolo challenges Mousa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Huddlestone sends in a cross, Steven Caulker has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

42:49

Jose Toche takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.

42:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stergos Marinos by Aaron Lennon. Direct free kick taken by Stergos Marinos.

39:35

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie takes the free kick.

39:35 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Gareth Bale for unsporting behaviour.

39:28

Gareth Bale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Seitaridis.

38:42

Effort from 20 yards by Tom Huddlestone. Brilliant save by Orestis Karnezis.

38:10

Foul by Tom Huddlestone on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Loukas Vyntra.

37:22

Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

36:47

Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Orestis Karnezis takes the free kick.

36:05

Shot by Gareth Bale. Save by Orestis Karnezis. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the left by-line, Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos makes a clearance.

34:30

Assist by Tom Huddlestone.

34:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Dawson - Panath'kos 0 - 1 Tottenham Michael Dawson grabs a headed goal from close range. Panathinaikos 0-1 Tottenham.

33:36

Giorgos Seitaridis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jan Vertonghen. Centre by Tom Huddlestone,

28:06

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, save by Hugo Lloris.

26:46

Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Toche. Lazaros Christodoulopoulos has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

26:23

Shot by Aaron Lennon from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Orestis Karnezis.

24:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Dempsey on Victor Vitolo. Almeida Andre Pinto restarts play with the free kick.

24:43

The ball is swung over by Jermain Defoe, blocked by Orestis Karnezis.

24:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Seitaridis on Jermain Defoe. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.

22:57

Jose Carlos Zeca gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone. Free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

22:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jose Toche. Hugo Lloris takes the indirect free kick.

21:20

Unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Giorgos Seitaridis results in a free kick. Gareth Bale crosses the ball in from the free kick, Jose Toche makes a clearance.

19:29

The referee gives a free kick against Victor Vitolo for handball. Shot comes in from Clint Dempsey from the free kick.

18:15

The referee gives a free kick against Clint Dempsey for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Victor Vitolo.

17:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Lennon. Indirect free kick taken by Orestis Karnezis.

15:18

Foul by Michael Dawson on Jose Toche, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jose Carlos Zeca.

14:32

A cross is delivered by Giorgos Seitaridis, Hugo Lloris makes a save.

8:21

Aaron Lennon fouled by Stergos Marinos, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone.

4:44

The offside flag is raised against Kyle Walker. Orestis Karnezis takes the indirect free kick.

3:24

Gareth Bale takes a outswinging corner.

1:52

Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Bale, Orestis Karnezis makes a save.

1:21

Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Konstantinos Triantafyllopoulos gets a block in.

0:00

The match begins.

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