Tottenham on their home stadium was defeated by PAOK 2-1 in the fifth round of Europa League. The Greeks with these result have secure passage into the second round. Luka Modric scored from the white spot in the 39th minute of the game, but after that neither player more was no longer sufficient Spurs to reach the PAOK.
The most shocking result in the fifth round seems defeat Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the clash of A-group. The Greeks celebrated a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals they score in the first half, through the right side of the Spurs defense, which held Vedran Corluka. While the first goal, which in the sixth minute, scored Salpingidis was not the biggest culprit, definitely Corluka was most responsible for the second goal, which in the 13th Athanasiadis minute scored on the Georgiadis throw from the left. Before assistance Georgiadis have escaped to attention of Corluka,when he ran into the space and get the correct ball for the assistance that was not hard to play.
Luka Modric played all 90 minutes and in 38th a minute, reduced score to 2-1 from the penalty kick. Redknapp combined team, which he sent into the game and Gareth Bale, in the second half failed to reverse the result, although Spurs had player more after Stafylidis get excluded.
Passage in the knock-out stage of the competition can only bring Tottenham enormously convincing win over Shamrock Rovers in the last round, and Rubin Kazan defeat on away match at PAOK in Athens.
Redknapp : “I’m disappointed now because we are not going to be in the last 32.
“I just wanted to win tonight, but we have changed the team around so we can do well in the league and this is the chance you take.
“We had a back four who hadn’t really played together, and for the first ten minutes it was like they didn’t know each other.
“Two terrible goals, they started well, and it was difficult.”
“At 2-1, I thought we would come back in the second half and win it, but we just couldn’t break them down.
Video : Tottenham – PAOK 1-2 (Modric 38-11m / Salpingidis 6, Athanasiadis 13)