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00:05  19 september  2019
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Tottenham Hotspur kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2 - 2 draw away to Olympiacos on Wednesday night, but who were Mathieu Valbuena then drew Olympiacos level shortly after the break with no side able to find a winning goal. So, who were the key winners and losers on the night?

SPURS tossed away a two -goal lead as they came Acropolis in Athens. Harry Kane fired the North Londoners ahead against the run of play with a 26th And while Olympiakos are now unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions since February, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and his players will

Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham: Spurs collapse as Valbuena leads deserved comeback © Getty Images Harry Kane (R) clashes with Yassine Meriah

Tottenham threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Olympiacos in their opening match of this season's Champions League.

Last term's beaten finalists were two goals to the good after half an hour in Athens thanks to Harry Kane's penalty and Lucas Moura's excellent finish.

Mathieu Valbuena was the catalyst for a deserved Olympiacos comeback, though, setting up Daniel Podence for a goal on his debut in the competition before burying a penalty 54 minutes in.

Olympiacos seemed to target Davinson Sanchez at right-back in the early stages and one such attack led to Guerrero rattling the base of the left-hand post with a shot from just inside the area.

The home side were certainly the stronger until Kane fired a spot-kick high into Jose Sa's net, having been tripped by Yassine Meriah as he worked his way into the box.

There was another blow to Olympiacos four minutes later, as Ben Davies stole back the ball in their half and fed Lucas, who lashed a shot beyond Sa from the edge of the area.

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Olympiacos 2-2 Tottenham: Spurs collapse as Valbuena leads deserved comeback

Pedro Martins' side grabbed a lifeline before the break, though, Podence exchanging passes with Valbuena and firing past Hugo Lloris' right hand.

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Tottenham throw away a two -goal lead as last season's Champions League finalists are forced to settle for Olympiakos 2 Tottenham 2 . Castelo Podence (44' minutes), Valbuena (54' minutes pen). Two goals in four first-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the

But Olympiacos pulled a goal back through Daniel Podence just before the break and levelled from the spot 10 minutes into the second half through Mathieu Valbuena after Jan Vertonghen tripped the French midfielder. Kane and Dele went close at 2 - 2 but that’s how it stayed.

Spurs were then punished again when some slack play from Christian Eriksen led to Jan Vertonghen standing on Valbuena's foot, allowing the French midfielder to send Lloris the wrong way from the spot.

Dele Alli was denied by the legs of Sa, who also kept out an effort from Erik Lamela, as Spurs failed in a late push for a winner, meaning they still have not won back-to-back away matches in Europe's elite competition.

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The problems in Mauricio Pochettino's defence were apparent last term even as Spurs reached the final – indeed, they have now conceded 20 goals since the start of last season's competition, more than any other team.

While most would still expect them to progress from Group B, this was a stark reminder of Spurs' fallibility at the back. They might not have merited a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes, but a team of their standing should certainly not have surrendered it so meekly.

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Olympiacos dance to Valbuena's tune

Valbuena set up Olympiacos' first goal and won and converted their penalty, capping a fine display in which he largely dictated the pace of the game.

Eriksen a shadow of himself

When Spurs threw away a two-goal advantage at Arsenal this month, it was a result that did not do Eriksen's excellent display justice. On this occasion, he summed up Spurs' frailties completely, offering next to nothing in attack and conceding possession in the build-up to Valbuena's penalty.

What's next?

Spurs – who face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday – play their second group game at home to Bayern Munich on October 1, when Olympiacos head to Red Star Belgrade.

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