Friday August 1, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
24o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Wasteful Panathinaikos is punished by Tottenham

 Spurs beat the Greens 3-1 and see them drop out of Europe

By George Georgakopoulos

Panathinaikos bowed out of Europe for the season after succumbing to a mediocre Tottenham with a 3-1 score in London on Thursday.

The Greens finished third in their Europa League group with five points from six games, and know they could have done much better.

They went into to the game at White Hart Lane needing victory in order to advance at the expense of the Spurs, but wasted their best chance to open the score in the 21st minute through Toche and fell behind eight minutes later when Clint Dempsey spotted Emmanuel Adebayor in perfect fashion with the Togo international slotting the ball home for 1-0.

While Jermain Defoe missed twice the chance to give the Premier League side a two-goal cushion, the second time being denied by the post, Panathinaikos grew in confidence and gave the noisy travelling fans something to cheer about when Zeca headed in a pinpoint Nikos Spyropoulos cross from the left in the 54th.

With the score at 1-1, the tide was in the Greeks favor, who were now in the attack looking for the winning goal that would have seen them through to the last 32 of the competition, but Toche once again failed to turn in another great chance.

And when Tottenham regained the lead 16 minutes from time, the Greeks would have been excused for thinking luck was not on their side: A free-kick by Kyle Walker found Dempsey. The American headed the ball onto the crossbar, but that came off Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karneziss back to go into the net.

To add insult to injury, Defoe finally managed to get onto the score sheet chipping the ball over Karnezis in the 83rd minute.

The game was strongly reminiscent of the other Anglo-Greek clash in London this season, when Arsenal beat Olympiakos 3-1 for the Champions League. If anything, both encounters have shown to the Greeks that having good spells in a game against tough opposition is not enough to win.

ekathimerini.com , Friday December 7, 2012 (01:26)  
One win and one loss in Europa League
Goalless draw at Liege puts Greens in driving seat
Greek league recruits former referee Dallas
Veronas Moras donates bone marrow to brother
Large fire breaks out near Corinth
Firefighters on Friday were trying to bring under control a large blaze that broke out shortly after noon in the Prefecture of Corinth in the northern Peloponnese. Five water-dumping craft a...
Jean-Claude Juncker to make first official visit to Athens on Monday
European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is expected in Athens on Monday, where he will be meeting with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, the Commission announced on Frida...
Inside News
Greek bond yields dip as investors anticipate ratings upgrade
Greek bond yields slipped on Friday, slightly outperforming other lower-rated euro zone bonds as investors anticipated a credit ratings upgrade from Moody's later in the day. Moody's has an ...
Greek exporters worried about impact of Russia sanctions
The Panhellenic Exporters Federation (PSE) has warned the European Commission against the impact of European sanctions against Russia on Greece's exports. The European Union on Tuesday agree...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
In trying to conquer, Putin unites Europe
President Vladimir Putin is obliged to feign indifference to the sanctions that the European Union and the United States imposed on Russia this week. But, being the player that he is, he mus...
EDITORIAL
Our own worst enemies
A new study has come to exemplify the cliche notion that Greeks find it easier to excel abroad, where they fare much better than they do at home. According to research by epidemiologist John...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Large fire breaks out near Corinth
2. Jean-Claude Juncker to make first official visit to Athens on Monday
3. Britons stranded at sea off Zakynthos towed to safety
4. Greek bond yields dip as investors anticipate ratings upgrade
5. Human rights watchdog criticizes decision to file Farmakonisi case
6. Greek exporters worried about impact of Russia sanctions
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece evacuates embassy staff, foreign nationals from Libya
2. Greek exporters worried about impact of Russia sanctions
3. Greek bond yields dip as investors anticipate ratings upgrade
4. Human rights watchdog criticizes decision to file Farmakonisi case
5. Britons stranded at sea off Zakynthos towed to safety
6. Jean-Claude Juncker to make first official visit to Athens on Monday
Today
This Week
1. Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens
2. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
3. Defense Minister Avramopoulos to represent Greece at European Commission
4. Worlds largest solar boat on Greek mission
5. Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
6. What lessons can we draw from antiquity?
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.