Europa League - Group C
Asteras Tripolis1Tottenham2

Asteras Tripolis 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend scored on the same day he was named in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad
  • Kane scores eighth goal in eight games
  • Defender Fazio sent off after conceding penalty
  • Spurs level on points with Besiktas at top of Group C

Harry Kane continued his rich vein of goalscoring form as Tottenham edged closer to the Europa League knockout stage with a win over Asteras Tripolis.

The striker, who scored a hat-trick in Spurs' 5-1 win over Asteras last month, headed his eighth goal in eight games following Andros Townsend's penalty.

Asteras had the better of the second half, and Spurs were reduced to 10 men when Federico Fazio conceded a penalty.

Jeronimo Barrales scored from the spot for the Greeks, but Tottenham held on.

The victory left Tottenham on eight points, level with Turkish club Besiktas in Group C who beat Partizan Belgrade by the same scoreline. Spurs now have a four-point cushion over Asteras in third.

Kane scored the decisive goal in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend after coming on as a substitute.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had previously said the player's homegrown status has increased the pressure on him to add to the player's appearances in the top flight.

It is, however, becoming increasingly difficult for Pochettino to ignore the England Under-21 international's claims for a regular place in the starting line-up as he further enhanced his reputation at the 7,616-capacity Kolokotronis Stadium.

Townsend provided the early menace for the visitors, who had never won in Greece before this visit, and his dangerous cross was spilt by Asteras goalkeeper Tomas Kosicky, but Kane was unable to pounce on the loose ball and the hosts cleared the danger.

Greeks lose unbeaten record
Asteras had never lost a European match on home soil in seven matches before this defeat

The home side were not without their chances and Pablo Mazza was put through clear on goal only for Eric Dier to recover ground and produce a last-ditch tackle to deny him.

Tottenham seized the initiative shortly after when Townsend was scythed down near the byeline inside the penalty area by a late challenge from Asteras defender Khalifa Papa Sankare.

Townsend emphatically dispatched the spot-kick past Kosicky, and was instrumental again shortly before half-time as Spurs increased their advantage.

The England winger's high cross from the left picked out Kane, who outmuscled Asteras centre-back Giorgos Zisopoulos and planted his header into the net.

Tottenham seemed to ease up in the second half as Asteras piled on the pressure.

The Greeks should have levelled after the interval when midfielder Tasos Tsokanis escaped the attentions of Dier, but with just Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm to beat he placed his shot wide.

Asteras continued to be guilty of poor finishing with forward Facundo Parra the worst offender as he twice failed to test Vorm from good positions.

Mazza also struck the post with a half-volley from the left flank just after the hour mark before they were awarded an injury-time penalty when Fazio clumsily brought down Barrales and was shown a straight red.

The Asteras striker buried the subsequent spot-kick, but Tottenham held their nerve in a tense finale to secure the points.

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend scored his first goal in Europe this season against Asteras.
Harry Kane
Tottenham striker Harry Kane now has 10 goals in 14 appearances for Spurs this season
Harry Kane
Harry Kane was substituted by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino with 13 minutes of the match left
Federico Fazio
Argentine defender Federico Fazio was sent off for the second time in his Tottenham career
Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen helped Spurs see off late pressure to earn their first win on Greek soil

Line-ups

Asteras Tripolis

  • 1Kosicky
  • 27Lluy
  • 15SankaréBooked at 36mins
  • 13Zisopoulos
  • 3Panteliadis
  • 8Usero
  • 5Munafo HortaSubstituted forGianniotasat 81'minutes
  • 7Mazza
  • 10Rolle
  • 19TsokanisSubstituted forBadibangaat 60'minutes
  • 23ParraSubstituted forBarralesat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Barrales
  • 11Alberto Fernández
  • 14Bakasetas
  • 21Theodoropoulos
  • 39Badibanga
  • 70Gianniotas
  • 77Kyriakopoulos

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 21FazioBooked at 89mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 25Stambouli
  • 19Dembélé
  • 17Townsend
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forSoldadoat 45'minutes
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forMasonat 63'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 18KaneSubstituted forPaulinhoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rose
  • 6Chiriches
  • 8Paulinho
  • 9Soldado
  • 22Chadli
  • 38Mason
  • 48McGee
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández

Match Stats

Home TeamAsteras TripolisAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Asteras Tripolis 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Asteras Tripolis 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Georgios Zisopoulos.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Attempt missed. Ziguy Badibanga (Asteras Tripolis) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Asteras Tripolis 1, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Jerónimo Barrales (Asteras Tripolis) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Dismissal

Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Asteras Tripolis. Jerónimo Barrales draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Ziguy Badibanga (Asteras Tripolis) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Giannis Gianniotas (Asteras Tripolis) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Usero.

Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerónimo Barrales (Asteras Tripolis).

Attempt missed. Ziguy Badibanga (Asteras Tripolis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Georgios Zisopoulos (Asteras Tripolis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Georgios Zisopoulos (Asteras Tripolis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Giannis Gianniotas.

Substitution

Substitution, Asteras Tripolis. Jerónimo Barrales replaces Facundo Parra.

Booking

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur).

Giannis Gianniotas (Asteras Tripolis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Usero (Asteras Tripolis).

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Jan Vertonghen tries a through ball, but Paulinho is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Asteras Tripolis. Giannis Gianniotas replaces Juan Munafo.

Attempt blocked. Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Athanasios Panteliadis (Asteras Tripolis).

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Athanasios Panteliadis (Asteras Tripolis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

Attempt missed. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Offside, Asteras Tripolis. Facundo Parra tries a through ball, but Pablo Mazza is caught offside.

Pablo Mazza (Asteras Tripolis) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Martín Rolle.

Attempt saved. Khalifa Papa Sankaré (Asteras Tripolis) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Juan Munafo.

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Facundo Parra (Asteras Tripolis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Roberto Soldado is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason replaces Christian Eriksen.

Offside, Asteras Tripolis. Fernando Usero tries a through ball, but Martín Rolle is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach42209278
2Villarreal421111567
3FC Zürich4112710-34
4Apollon Limassol4103313-103

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge42208178
2Torino42114227
3FC Copenhagen411236-34
4HJK Helsinki410328-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas42208358
2Tottenham42208358
3Asteras Tripolis411258-34
4Partizan Belgrade401318-71

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg4310136710
2Celtic42206428
3Dinamo Zagreb4103811-33
4Astra Giurgiu4013410-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow440062412
2PSV Eindhoven42115417
3Estoril Praia410334-13
4Panathinaikos401348-41

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan42204138
2Dnipropetrovsk411223-14
3FK Qarabag411224-24
4Saint-Étienne40401104

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla42207348
2Feyenoord420256-16
3Standard Liege411245-14
4HNK Rijeka411257-24

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton42208268
2Wolfsburg421111837
3Lille403125-33
4FK Krasnodar4022511-62

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli43018359
2Sparta Prague430111479
3BSC Young Boys42028626
4Slovan Bratislava4004014-140

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev43018449
2Steaua Bucharest421111657
3Aalborg BK420248-46
4Rio Ave401338-51

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina431081710
2Guingamp42114317
3PAOK Salonika41127524
4Dinamo Minsk4013111-101

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw440051412
2Trabzonspor42115327
3KSC Lokeren411224-24
4Metalist Kharkiv400426-40
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