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Olympiakos Piraeus v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 18/09/2019

FT
2 - 2
OLY
TOT
Daniel Podence (44)
M. Valbuena (54 pen)
H. Kane (26 pen)
Lucas Moura (30)
Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki

Commentary

That's all from the Karaiskakis Stadium. Thank you for following our live coverage of this Champions League clash!
Olympiacos should feel content with a point against last season's Champions League finalists and they will now start preparing for a clash with Panathinaikos in the Greek Super League at the weekend. Meanwhile, Tottenham must now travel back to England in time for their trip to Leicester City in the Premier League at lunchtime on Saturday.
It ends even at the Karaiskakis Stadium as Valbuena's second-half penalty earns a point for Olympiacos. They could have taken an early lead in the first half when Guerrero smashed his effort against the post, but it was Tottenham who went in front when Kane converted from the spot after he was brought down by Meriah. Moura then doubled the visitors' advantage with a fine effort from outside the box on the half-hour mark, but Podence pulled one back on the verge of half-time to set up an intriguing second half. The hosts then levelled the scores after the interval when Valbuena scored from the spot after Vertonghen pushed him over just inside the box. Tottenham had two major chances to win the game with Alli and Lamela both seeing efforts saved, but the scores remained level at full-time.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham
90' + 4' Lloris fails to hold on to El-Arabi's deep delivery and Davies is forced to nod it out for a corner on the right-hand side of the box.
90' + 3' Podence gently floats a delivery towards El-Arabi who is in a central area inside the box, but he doesn't get enough power on the ball and fails to direct it towards goal.
90' + 2' Kane picks up the ball from Sissoko on the right wing and dodges the challenge of two Olympiacos players as he cuts inside, but his run is cut out by the defence as he approaches a central position on the edge of the box.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
90' Son is played the ball on the left-hand side of the box and he weighs up his options before curling an early delivery into the box, but it evades the awaiting players and travels out for a throw-in on the far side.
Y. El-Arabi
Guerrero
Olympiakos Piraeus
89' Olympiacos' final change sees Guerrero replaced by El-Arabi.
H. Winks
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
88' Winks is shown a yellow card for a sliding challenge on Benzia.
87' The ball lands at the feet of Kane in a good position on the left-hand side of the box and his quick shot canons off the crossbar, but the linesman already had his flag up.
87' CLOSE! Lamela has plenty of space to run into down the left-hand side of the box and he aims to beat Sa at the near post rather than squaring it across goal, but the goalkeeper pushes his effort wide.
86' Eriksen has the ball on the right-hand side of the box and manages to clip a lofted ball towards Kane at the back post, but his header is deflected wide by Semedo and it goes out for a corner.
84' Tottenham are awarded a free-kick as Sissoko goes to ground inside the Olympiacos half and Eriksen finds Lamela on the right flank with the resulting delivery, but he fails to trick his way into the box and then sees his rushed cross cleared away.
82' Semedo launches a free-kick forward from deep that eventually runs through to Lloris in the Tottenham goal and then he comes under considerable pressure from Guerrero, but the goalkeeper manages to play his way out of the situation.
80' Sissoko capitalises on Tsimikas' error to progress down the right flank and he then bends an out-swinging delivery into the box, but Semedo rises highest to head the ball away.
L. Ranđelović
G. Masouras
Olympiakos Piraeus
78' Olympiacos make their second substitution with Masouras making way for Randjelovic.
E. Lamela
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
76' Pochettino makes Tottenham's final change of the match as Lamela comes on to replace Moura.
75' Podence uses his pace to beat Davies to a long ball forward on the right-hand side of the box and he then manages to cut it back to Benzia, but he leans back and sidefoots his effort well over the bar from just inside the area.
Son Heung-Min
D. Alli
Tottenham Hotspur
73' Tottenham make their second change with Son coming on to replace Alli.
71' Benzia collects the ball on the right flank and floats a pinpoint long ball towards Masouras at the back post, but his header is deflected out for a corner.
Y. Benzia
M. Valbuena
Olympiakos Piraeus
69' Olympiacos make their first change as Benzia comes on to replace Valbuena, who receives a standing ovation from the home crowd.
66' Eriksen swings a corner into the box and manages to find the head of Kane, but the striker doesn't react quick enough and heads the ball well over the bar.
65' CHANCE! Alli finds himself one-on-one with Sa after being slotted through on the right-hand side of the box and he strikes his effort low and with power, but it's tipped just wide of the far post by Sa.
64' Valbuena has as an opportunity to whip a ball into the box from a good position on the right flank and his delivery is good, but it's just too far in front of the attacking line and Lloris emerges from his goal to claim it.
M. Sissoko
T. Ndombèlé
Tottenham Hotspur
62' Tottenham's first substitution sees Sissoko come on in place of Ndombele.
61' Masouras dances his way towards the edge of the left-hand side of the box before looking to bend an effort into the far corner, but it doesn't trouble Lloris and sails over the bar.
60' Moura carries the ball down the right channel before whipping a delivery deep into the box, but it's in the middle of both Kane and Alli and Olympiacos are able to clear the danger.
58' Davies' out-swinging corner eventually drops for Ndombele outside the box and the midfielder chests the ball down before launching an effort at goal, but his powerful shot is straight down the middle and Sa holds on to it.
56' Moura goes down just outside the right-hand side of the box after playing a one-two and the referee waves play one, but he then awards a free-kick when Eriksen clips over Guilherme soon later.
M. Valbuena
Penalty Goal
Olympiakos Piraeus
54' GOOOAL! Valbuena levels the scores to make it 2-2! The midfielder steps up and sends Lloris the way before nestling the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.
52' PENALTY! The referee points the spot as Valbuena goes down under a push from Vertonghen on the edge of the box after a strong spell of Olympiacos pressure.
50' The video referee takes a long look at the replay, but it is eventually ruled that the linesman made the right call and it remains 2-1.
49' OFFSIDE! Eriksen picks the ball up on the right-hand corner of the box and whips a low ball towards Alli at the back post who taps home, but the linesman raises his flag. However, it will be checked by the video referee...
47' Tottenham mount a spell of pressure on the Olympiacos defence which results in Ndombele driving forward and attempting to slide a pass through to Kane on the right-hand side of the box, but the striker can't reach it and it goes out for a goal-kick.
46' Tottenham kick us off and we are back underway!
The players are now back on the pitch and we are nearing the start of the second half.
Tottenham have not created a wealth of chances in the final third, but they have been clinical and this is reflected in the fact they have scored from two of their three shots. The hosts have been much more creative having produced 11 shots, but they only have the one goal to show for it.
Tottenham take a 2-1 lead into the break with Kane and Moura both on target for the visitors before Podence's late strike in the half. Olympiacos had the better of the early action and could easily have taken an early lead when Guerrero's effort rebounded off the post. Tottenham then broke the deadlock when the referee awarded a penalty after Meriah brought down Kane in the box, and Kane then converted it down the middle. Moura managed to add a second for Tottenham with his long-range effort on the 30th minute, but Podence then produced a fine finish on the stroke of half-time to reduce the deficit for the hosts.
45' HALF-TIME: Olympiacos 1-2 Tottenham
M. Valbuena
Assist
Olympiakos Piraeus
44' That was a well-worked goal from Olympiacos and Valbuena was very much the orchestrator as he both spotted Podence's movement into the area and also executed the through ball at the right time.
Daniel Podence
Goal
Olympiakos Piraeus
44' GOOOAL! Podence makes it 2-1! Valbuena receives the ball on the edge of the box and spots the run of Podence on his right. The midfielder then times his pass well to pick out Podence, and he takes a touch before firing home into the bottom left-hand corner.
43' Alli picks the ball up some 30 yards out and then surges towards the edge of the box before trying his luck from range, but his effort does not test Sa and sails well over the bar.
42' Tsimikas assesses his options on the left flank before squeezing a lofted delivery into the box, but Guerrero can't direct his header towards the goal as it loops high and wide of the right-hand post.
40' Kane drives past Elabdellaoui on the left-hand side of the box before fizzing a pass into the centre, but Sa is on hand to push it away. Alli and Semedo then contest for the ball inside the area, but the referee awards a free-kick to the hosts.
38' Tsimikas clips a ball down the leftt channel to Masouras and he then advances towards the edge of the box before lining up a long-range effort, but he bends it just wide of the right-hand post.
36' Moura toys with the ball deep inside the Olympiacos half and a quick turn of pace allows him to surge past two players, but he then runs into the path of Semedo who is able to win the ball on the edge of the box.
34' CHANCE! Tsimikas advances down the left channel and manages to clip an excellent ball into the box towards Masouras, but he volleys his effort into the ground and it bounces over the bar.
32' The ball lands at the feet of Guerrero in a dangerous position inside the box, but he takes too long to adjust himself and Vertonghen is there to intervene and clear the danger.
B. Davies
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
30' Olympiacos were preparing to launch another attack just before Spurs' second, but Davies did well to intercept a pass in a dangerous area and then set up Moura for the goal.
Lucas Moura
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
30' GOOOAL! Moura makes it 2-0 to Tottenham! Davies does well to win the ball on the left wing before squaring a pinpoint pass to Moura on the edge of the box, and Moura then steadies himself before drilling a fine effort into the right-hand side of the goal from just outside the area.
28' Valbuena collects the ball on the left wing and cuts inside before lining up a long-range effort, but his bending effort is just over the right-hand side of the crossbar.
H. Kane
Penalty Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
26' GOOOAL! Kane makes it 1-0 to Tottenham! The England striker steps up calmly before firing the ball down the middle and into the roof of the net.
26' A quick check from the video referee has established that the referee made the correct decision to award the spot-kick, and Kane has put the ball on the spot.
25' PENALTY! The referee points to the spot after Kane went to ground inside the box under the challenge of Meriah, but the video referee is going to check the decision...
24' Elabdellaoui sees his 30-yard effort deflected into the path of Guerrero and the striker manages to lay it back to Podence, but his effort is quite comfortably saved.
22' Tottenham are yet to have a shot on goal after 22 minutes in the first half, with Olympiacos already having had five.
20' Valbuena receives the ball on the halfway line and tries to make a quick turn to launch a counter-attack, but he is muscled to the ground by Vertonghem who concedes a free-kick.
18' CHANCE! Tsmikas manages to clip a ball into the box from the right for Podence to chest down into Guerrero, but the striker fires his effort against the left-hand post. Guilherme is then first to the rebound but he half-volleys his effort into the ground and then over the bar.
17' Guerrero picks up the ball on the edge of the box and manages to create space for a shot, but his low effort is straight into the hands of Lloris.
16' Kane pounces on a loose ball near the halfway line to make a quick break towards the Olympiacos goal, but he can't find Eriksen on his right as the midfielder trails well behind the pace of the attack.
Guilherme
Yellow Card
Olympiakos Piraeus
14' Guilherme receives a yellow card for tripping up Ndombele on a second attempt.
12' Tottenham have been quick to close down the Olympiacos defence whenever they've had possession of the ball. Sanchez now tries to win it high up on the right wing, but he concedes a free-kick.
10' Some neat build-up play from Tottenham presents Winks with a chance to loop a ball over the defence to Eriksen, but Semedo tracks back and is able to intervene inside the penalty area.
8' A mistake in midfield from Ndombele permits Podence with a shooting opportunity on the edge of the box, but Vertonghen makes a sliding challenge to block the shot and Lloris eventually claims it.
7' Ndombele does well to intercept the ball inside the Olympiacos half before skidding a ball into the path of Kane, but the striker fails pick out Alli with a through ball down the right flank.
5' Kane tries to pick out Alli on the right-hand side of the box, but his pass is blocked which enables Olympiacos to launch a quick counter-attack. Valbuena drives down the right channel and then advances into the box before seeing his low shot saved by Lloris.
3' Olympiacos win a free-kick on the right flank as Alli catches Podence with a late challenge, but the resulting delivery fails to beat Davies who clears it out of the Tottenham box.
1' The referee blows his whistle and Olympiacos get us underway!
The players are gathering in the tunnel and we are close to kick-off at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
It should be a tough test to kick off the group for last year’s finalists, as Olympiacos have a strong record on home soil against English opposition. They have won five of their last six European home matches against Premier League sides, with three wins against Arsenal and one apiece against Manchester United and Burnley. 
Both managers have made five changes to their sides from their respective successful league outings on the weekend. Pochettino has brought in Sanchez, Davies, Ndombele, Dele and Moura in place of Danny Rose, Serge Aurier, Sissoko, Lamela and Son. Meanwhile, Martins has included Tsimikas, Semedo, Bouchalakis, Masouras and Guerrero instead of Leonardo Koutris, Pape Abou Cisse, Camara, Randjelovic and El-Arabi.
SUBS: Paulo Gazzaniga, Kyle Walker-Peters, Son Heung-Min, Eric Dier, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies; Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks; Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura; Harry Kane.
SUBS: Vasilis Torosidis, Mohamed Camara, Youssef El-Arabi, Bobby Allain, Avraam Papadopoulos, Lazar Randjelovic, Yassine Benzia.
OLYMPIACOS (4-2-3-1): Jose Sa; Omar Elabdellaoui, Ruben Semedo, Yassine Meriah, Konstantinos Tsimikas; Guilherme, Andreas Bouchalakis; Daniel Podence, Mathieu Valbuena, Giorgos Masouras; Guerrero.
Tottenham will be aiming for a better start to their Champions League journey than last season, which saw them pick up just one point from their opening three group matches. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can re-produce the form which then saw them reach last year’s final, but Spurs have had a mixed start to their league campaign after picking up eight points from their first five matches.
Olympiacos enter this match in fine form as they sit top of the Greek Super League after the first three matches. Pedro Martins’ side will be stacked with confidence after beating Volos 5-0 on the weekend, and they are now targeting a first Champions League win since 2015 after failing to claim a victory during their last campaign in 2017/18.
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