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Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend jumps as he is tackled by Asteras's Braian Lluy

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend jumps as he is tackled by Asteras's Braian Lluy

Asteras Tripolis' Braian Lluy challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend

Asteras Tripolis' Braian Lluy challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend

Asteras's Pablo Mazza runs with the ball

Asteras's Pablo Mazza runs with the ball

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Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend jumps as he is tackled by Asteras's Braian Lluy

Tottenham continued their march towards the Europa League knockout stages with victory in Greece, but their shocking second-half display will be of major concern to head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Andros Townsend’s first-half penalty and a Harry Kane header minutes later proved the difference at the Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium as Spurs secured back-to-back wins in Group C.

It was nowhere near as straightforward as it should have been, though, with Asteras deserving much more than Jeronimo Barrales’ late consolation goal.

Few could have predicted such a flaky Spurs display after a dominant, if uninspiring, opening period in which Townsend opened the scoring from the spot.

The England winger provided a fine cross shortly afterwards for Kane to net his eighth in as many games, making a scoreline similar to the 5-1 thumping in the reverse fixture two weeks ago look possible.

However, Asteras, playing in what their manager rated as the biggest match in the history, dominated the second half from the outset, with Tasos Tsokanis coming close seconds after the restart.

Asteras attacked with renewed vigour and Facundo Parra twice wriggled free only to miss gilt-edged chances, before Pablo Mazza crashed a strike off a post.

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