Olympiakos 2-2 Tottenham

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Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead in the Champions League as Olympiakos battled back to earn a draw in Greece.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men made a slow start in Athens, with the home side spurred on by their passionate fans.

Winger Daniel Podence had the first chance of the game, but the midfielder was too greedy when in at goal inside the eighth minute. The 23-year-old went on a lung-busting run, but he lost his balance on the edge of the box before producing a tame shot.

Striker Miguel Guerrero then had a great chance to score, but the striker was denied by the post. Podence played him in via a chest pass, but the upright saved Spurs on that occasion.

After being handed a lifeline, Spurs eventually found their rhythm, and they opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Centre-back Yassine Meriah tried to bring Harry Kane down on two occasions, eventually upending him before the England captain fired the ball down the middle of the goal in the 26th minute.

Spurs then found themselves in dreamland as they doubled their advantage just four minutes later. Olympiakos allowed Ben Davies too much space, and he teed up Lucas Moura. The Brazilian took one touch, before smashing the ball past a helpless Jose Sa in the opposition goal.

The action did not stop there though, with Georgios Masouras wasting a golden opportunity as he volleyed over the bar with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.

Olympiakos eventually did find a goal through Podence, as he worked a perfect one-two with Mathieu Valbuena before firing into the bottom corner.

More drama was expected in the second half, and the two teams did not disappoint with Dele Alli seeing his goal ruled out for offside. That came after a matter of minutes, and Olympiakos soon found themselves level after Jan Vertonghen fouled Valbuena.

Former France forward Valbuena beat his former team-mate Lloris from the spot as the home crowd went wild in Athens.

Olympiakos soon tired as the half wore on, but Spurs had further chances through Alli and substitute Erik Lamela.

Spurs would have taken a point before kick-off, but Pochettino’s men will need to learn from their mistakes if they want to reach the final once again.

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