Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead as they opened up their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Olympiakos.
Two goals in four opening-half minutes put Spurs in control, with Harry Kane opening the scoring from the penalty spot before Lucas Moura’s scorching 20-yard finish.
Yet Mauricio Pochettino’s side conceded shortly before half-time through impressive Portuguese winger Daniel Podence’s quality finish.
That lifted the passionate home crowd and Olympiakos equalized from the game’s second penalty, former France forward Mathieu Valbuena beating Hugo Lloris, the current Les Bleus captain, from the spot.
Sloppy Spurs fail to hang on again
Pochettino’s side showed Herculean spirit to go all the way to the final last season yet were far from their best as they made a shaky return to the competition in the port city of Piraeus.
Kane won the penalty which led to him breaking the deadlock, the Spurs striker clearly tripped by Tunisia defender Yassine Meriah,. Then Moura produced an emphatic finish after Ben Davies marked his return by winning back possession and laying on the pass for the Brazil winger.
Yet, on two separate occasions, Dele Alli – making his first start of the season – and substitute Erik Lamela decided to go for glory instead of choosing the easier option of squaring to Kane to score.
Olympiakos vs Tottenham Player Ratings
Olympiakos: Jose Sa (7), Elabdellaoui (7), Ruben Semedo (7), Meriah (6), Tsimikas (6), Guilherme (7), Bouchalakis (6), Podence (8), Valbuena (8), Masouras (7), Guerrero (7)
Subs: Benzia (6), El Arabi (N/A), Randelovic (N/A)
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (5), Vertonghen (5), Davies (5), Winks (6), Ndombele (5), Eriksen (4), Dele (6), Lucas (6), Kane (7)
Subs: Sissoko (5), Son (6), Lamela (5)
Man of the match: Daniel Podence
Tottenham are back in action on Saturday lunchtime with a tour to Leicester in the Premier League. Their next Champions League fixture is a home match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, October 1