Europa League - Group C
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Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Roberto Soldado

Tottenham began their Europa League campaign with a spirited goalless draw against Group C rivals and Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade.

The visitors dominated the first half and striker Harry Kane could have put Spurs ahead within 60 seconds only for the crossbar to deny him.

A defensive lapse from Federico Fazio nearly put Danilo Pantic through, but the defender was let off the hook.

Clear chances were rare, though Sasa Ilic wasted a chance from distance.

The result, in what was Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's first managerial outing in the group stages of the Europa League, was an adequate reflection of the match.

Serbia SuperLiga leaders Partizan, unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions, finished the stronger side but rarely tested goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham, their personnel much-changed from the team which drew 2-2 at Sunderland last weekend, were snappy and compact in the face of Partizan's second-half offensive.

And both teams will be hearted that Asteras Tripolis and Besiktas drew 1-1, leaving all four Group C sides with a point each after the opening round.

Mauricio Pochettino
Spurs had won all six of their group games in the Europa League last season

Perhaps the visitors will rue not creating more - or at least hitting the target - during what was a comfortable first half for Pochettino's men.

They were bright and energetic and, despite the uneven surface and the raucous atmosphere, dictated and monopolised possession.

It was only the crossbar which prevented Kane, starting even though Roberto Soldado had recovered from neck and back problems, from scoring early on.

Tottenham's first-half stroll
Nine Spurs players attempted more first-half passes than the Partizan player with the most - Nikola Drincic (18).Partizan had failed to win a match in their last Europa League campaign in 2012/13, drawing three and losing three.

But for all of Tottenham's endeavour - with Andros Townsend a constant threat - the visitors failed to cause trouble inside Partizan's box and the best chances fell to the 25-time Serbian champions.

Petar Grbic missed an opportunity and Federico Fazio's clumsy attempt at dealing with a long ball nearly put Danilo Pantic through.

Draw was a fair result - Pochettino

Partizan's coach Marko Nikolic had said before the match that his team had "nothing to lose" against the Londoners, and after the break they were more of a reflection of their manager's gung-ho words.

In a bid to halt the wave of white-shirted attacks, Pochettino brought on Erik Lamela and Soldado before the hour and the introduction of the Spaniard nearly paid immediate dividends, with the striker's beautifully-timed cross almost finding Kane.

It was as close as Spurs got to causing Partizan a defensive headache, although extending their unbeaten record in the group stages of this competition to 14 matches will be of some consolation.

At the other end of the pitch, the home team should have posed a greater threat but Ilic's wild shot from distance was as good as it got before the match fizzled out in the final 10 minutes.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We knew it would be difficult. The result was fair.

"We competed and got a clean sheet. In the end it was a tough game and difficult to do well. We tried. One point was a fair result."

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend started brightly but was substituted in the second half after receiving a yellow card
Jan Verthongen (R) challenges Partizan Belgrade"s Danko Lazovic
Tottenham failed to hit the target despite dominating possession against Partizan

Line-ups

Partizan Belgrade

  • 25Lukac
  • 6Stankovic
  • 3VolkovSubstituted forPetrovicat 55'minutes
  • 4Vulicevic
  • 13CirkovicSubstituted forMarkovicat 68'minutes
  • 18Drincic
  • 14GrbicSubstituted forLukaat 85'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 22Ilic
  • 30IlicBooked at 57mins
  • 55Pantic
  • 27Lazovic

Substitutes

  • 5Petrovic
  • 7Luka
  • 10Beko Fofana
  • 11Ninkovic
  • 12Kljajic
  • 17Zivkovic
  • 21Markovic

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 33DaviesBooked at 48mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 21Fazio
  • 16Naughton
  • 25StambouliSubstituted forCapoueat 72'minutes
  • 8PaulinhoSubstituted forSoldadoat 60'minutes
  • 7Lennon
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 17TownsendBooked at 34minsSubstituted forLamelaat 59'minutes
  • 18Kane

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 9Soldado
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 23Eriksen
  • 29Capoue
Referee:
Alon Yefet

Match Stats

Home TeamPartizan BelgradeAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partizan Belgrade 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partizan Belgrade 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur).

  4. Post update

    Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikola Drincic (Partizan Belgrade) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Danko Lazovic (Partizan Belgrade) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Booking

    Predrag Luka (Partizan Belgrade) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Predrag Luka (Partizan Belgrade).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur).

  12. Post update

    Miroslav Vulicevic (Partizan Belgrade) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Partizan Belgrade. Predrag Luka replaces Petar Grbic.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sasa Ilic (Partizan Belgrade).

  17. Post update

    Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Nemanja Petrovic (Partizan Belgrade).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  20. Post update

    Danko Lazovic (Partizan Belgrade) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 18th September 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apollon Limassol11003213
2Villarreal10101101
3B Mgladbach10101101
4FC Zürich100123-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen11002023
2Club Bruges10100001
3Torino10100001
4HJK Helsinki100102-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Asteras Tripolis10101101
2Besiktas10101101
3Partizan Belgrade10100001
4Tottenham10100001

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb11005143
2Celtic10102201
3RB Salzburg10102201
4Astra Giurgiu100115-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow11002113
2PSV Eindhoven11001013
3Panathinaikos100112-10
4Estoril Praia100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan11001013
2FK Qarabag10100001
3Saint-Étienne10100001
4Dnipropetrovsk100101-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla11002023
2Standard Liege11002023
3Feyenoord100102-20
4HNK Rijeka100102-20

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton11004133
2FK Krasnodar10101101
3Lille10101101
4Wolfsburg100114-30

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1BSC Young Boys11005053
2Napoli11003123
3Sparta Prague100113-20
4Slovan Bratislava100105-50

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Steaua Bucharest11006063
2Dynamo Kyiv11003033
3Rio Ave100103-30
4Aalborg BK100106-60

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PAOK Salonika11006153
2Fiorentina11003033
3Guingamp100103-30
4Dinamo Minsk100116-50

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Trabzonspor11002113
2Legia Warsaw11001013
3Metalist Kharkiv100112-10
4KSC Lokeren100101-10
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