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Tottenham 4-2 Olympiakos: Spurs fight back in Jose Mourinho home debut

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored 20 Champions League goals in 24 games. No player has ever reached that landmark quicker. The previous record was by Alessandro del Piero, who took 26 games

Jose Mourinho made a dramatic entrance at his new home as Tottenham came from two goals down to beat Olympiakos and qualify for the Champions League knockout phase.

Mourinho made a low-key entrance for his first game as manager at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - but then it was drama all the way as he was subjected to all facets of the side he inherited from sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs were dreadful at the back in the first half, going behind after only six minutes to Youssef El-Arabi's low drive and conceding a second 13 minutes later when Ruben Semedo scored from close range at a corner.

Mourinho acted quickly, sending on Christian Eriksen for Eric Dier, but it still took a horrendous error from Yassine Meriah to gift Dele Alli a goal in first-half stoppage time to throw Spurs a lifeline they accepted with relish.

Harry Kane levelled from Lucas Moura's cross five minutes after the break, Mourinho hugging an alert ball boy who helped Serge Aurier take a quick throw-in that caught Olympiakos flat-footed, and the recovery was complete 17 minutes from time when the defender powered home a finish at the far post from Alli's cross.

Mourinho fist-pumped furiously in delight and he was ecstatic again when Kane wrapped things up with a header from Eriksen's inviting free-kick.

The England captain broke Alessandro del Piero's record as the player to score 20 Champions League goals in the fewest games - 24, compared to the Italian's 26 games with Juventus.

Mourinho makes his mark

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho (pictured celebrating Serge Aurier's goal) enjoyed Spurs' comeback

There was no fanfare when Mourinho took his seat in the technical area before kick-off, although inevitably banks of photographers were there to welcome him.

He had a distinctly uncomfortable start as this lively Olympiakos side exposed so many of the flaws that led to Pochettino's sacking and Mourinho's arrival when Spurs were run ragged early on.

It was then that Mourinho made his impact with a positive - and necessary - substitution, introducing the creativity of Eriksen for the stability of pivot Dier to try to edge Spurs back into the contest.

This was not a cautious Mourinho but one who knew something had to change, even though only 26 minutes had gone.

Yes, Spurs and Mourinho needed a huge slice of luck, but once they emerged for the second half the mood had changed after Alli's goal, which deflated Olympiakos and revitalised the home side and their supporters.

It allowed Mourinho to join in the celebrations with the Spurs fans, and even hug that ball boy, as a night that started by threatening a serious anti-climax had the perfect conclusion.

Mourinho won't get carried away

Mourinho stayed on the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate his Spurs players before politely applauding fans behind the technical area and making his way down the tunnel.

This was a good night for Mourinho in the context of the result and Spurs' performance once they had the encouragement of a goal right on half-time.

They were galvanised and the usual suspects came to the party as Kane struck twice and Alli showed superb footwork to set up the third goal for Aurier.

Mourinho, however, will not get carried away because he will note how Spurs were so easily cut open early on and how defensive uncertainty, and moments of poor communication between goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and his backline, threatened more problems.

He knew he had problems to solve when he succeeded Pochettino and two wins from two will not blind him to the fact they still need addressing.

Man of the match - Dele Alli

Dele Alli
Dele Alli already looks like a new player under Jose Mourinho - impressing at West Ham on Saturday and again here

Match stats - Mourinho's biggest Champions League comeback

  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane is the fastest player to score 20 Champions League goals, reaching the tally in just 24 appearances and breaking the record held by Alessandro del Piero since 1998 (26 appearances).
  • Kane has scored 23 goals in 23 appearances for Tottenham and England this season.
  • This was the first time a team managed by Jose Mourinho has come from two goals down to win a Champions League game - he had lost on the previous 13 occasions.
  • Mourinho took charge of his sixth different club in the Champions League (Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Spurs). Only Carlo Ancelotti has managed more teams in the competition (eight).
  • Olympiakos have not won in their past 13 Champions League matches (D3 L10), conceding 34 goals.
  • Dele Alli ended a run of 16 Champions League games without a goal, scoring for the first time since November 2017 against Real Madrid. All four of Alli's goals in the competition have come at home.

What's next?

Tottenham host Bournemouth on Saturday (15:00 GMT) in the Premier League as they look to make it three wins from three under Mourinho.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 24Aurier
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 61mins
  • 3Rose
  • 8Winks
  • 15DierSubstituted forEriksenat 29'minutes
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forSissokoat 61'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forNdombeleat 83'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 17Sissoko
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 23Eriksen
  • 28Ndombele
  • 41Whiteman

Olympiakos

  • 1Malheiro de Sá
  • 14Elabdellaoui
  • 3Borges SemedoBooked at 39mins
  • 20Meriah
  • 21TsimikasBooked at 71mins
  • 4Camara
  • 8dos Santos Torres
  • 5BouchalakisBooked at 68minsSubstituted forValbuenaat 74'minutes
  • 10Castelo PodenceBooked at 75minsSubstituted forRandjelovicat 79'minutes
  • 11El-ArabiSubstituted forGuerreroat 85'minutes
  • 19Masouras

Substitutes

  • 6Benzia
  • 9Guerrero
  • 16Allain
  • 28Valbuena
  • 34Papadopoulos
  • 35Torosidis
  • 97Randjelovic
Referee:
Georgi Kabakov
Attendance:
57,024

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamOlympiakos
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Olympiakos 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 4, Olympiakos 2.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mohamed Camara (Olympiakos).

Attempt missed. Rúben Semedo (Olympiakos) header from very close range is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Olympiakos. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Davinson Sánchez (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giorgos Masouras (Olympiakos).

Substitution

Substitution, Olympiakos. Guerrero replaces Youssef El-Arabi.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rúben Semedo (Olympiakos).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lazar Randjelovic (Olympiakos).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Dele Alli.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giorgos Masouras (Olympiakos).

Substitution

Substitution, Olympiakos. Lazar Randjelovic replaces Daniel Podence.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 4, Olympiakos 2. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Daniel Podence (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Podence (Olympiakos).

Substitution

Substitution, Olympiakos. Mathieu Valbuena replaces Andreas Bouchalakis.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 3, Olympiakos 2. Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a headed pass.

Booking

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos).

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiakos) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andreas Bouchalakis (Olympiakos).

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Harry Winks.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Yassine Meriah.

Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).

Mohamed Camara (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Konstantinos Tsimikas (Olympiakos) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG54101221013
2Real Madrid522111748
3Club Bruges503239-63
4Galatasaray502319-82

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich55002141715
2Tottenham53111711610
3Red Star Belgrade5104319-163
4Olympiakos5014714-71

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City5320123911
2Shakhtar Donetsk5131810-26
3Dinamo Zagreb51229905
4Atalanta5113512-74

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus5410104613
2Atl Madrid52126517
3B Leverkusen520357-26
4Lokomotiv Moscow510449-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool430110739
2Napoli42206338
3RB Salzburg4112121024
4KRC Genk4013412-81

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona42204228
2B Dortmund42115417
3Inter Milan41126604
4Slavia Prague402225-32

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Leipzig43016429
2Lyon42117437
3Zenit St Petersburg411256-14
4Benfica410359-43

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax421110557
2Chelsea42117617
3Valencia42116517
4Lille4013310-71
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