A much changed and youthful Tottenham side drew 0-0 with PAOK in Greece in Group A of the Europa League. Harry Redknapp stuck to his word of playing the youngsters in the competition and Spurs were probably lucky to earn a point.
The inexperienced side though battled hard in the Toumba Stadium and frustrated the home fans and players. Redknapp made ten changes to the side that won at Wolves last weekend and it showed as the Greek side began to dominate the ball but thankfully for Spurs Carlo Cudicini was in top form.
Spurs were let off the hook when Lino missed a 33rd minute penalty after initially scoring it. The officials ruled that one of the home players had entered the box before the kick had been taken, ordering Lino to retake it and he then missed the target with his second attempt.
It wasn’t all one way traffic though as Harry Kane could have earned a penalty for Spurs but his claims were waved away and debutant Yago Falque went close on two occasions. It was the home side though who were urged on by the passionate home supporters who pushed for a winner. Cudicini pulled off some fine saves in the last ten minutes before Vladimir Ivic hit the bar in injury time when he really should have scored.
A well earned point for Spurs in Greece sets them up nicely for the rest of the group stages but they will need to create more chances in the coming games in order to advance.
Final score in Greece, PAOK Salonika 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur.