Lady Luck turned her back on PAOK on September 15, depriving the Thessaloniki side of a famous victory over Premier League side Tottenham for the Europa League, as the host?s dominance came to no more than a goalless draw in the end.
PAOK did all things right except scoring a goal, while Tottenham must be happy they have managed to come away with a draw from the Toumba stadium that was brimming with passion once again.
The hosts did score at the 32nd minute, from the penalty spot, but the Serb referee ordered Lino to retake the kick due to the early entry of PAOK defender Pablo Contreras into the box, cutting PAOK?s celebrations short.
Lino missed the target when he retook the penalty, adding to the hosts? nerves.
The Spurs created few chances, mainly through Roman Pavlyuchenko, and did little to justify their name.
At the other end PAOK left it late in the second half to put pressure on the Carlo Cudicini goal, with the Italian keeper denying the Greeks twice in the last five minutes of the game.
He also had his crossbar to thank for keeping out a Vladan Ivic header in injury time, PAOK?s biggest chance in a rather entertaining game.