Half-Time Report: Panathinaikos 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Half-Time Report: Panathinaikos 0-1 Spurs
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Michael Dawson gives Tottenham a 1-0 lead at half-time in tonight's Europa League group stage encounter against Panathinaikos in Greece.

Michael Dawson has given Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 lead at the break in tonight's Europa League group stage encounter against Panathinaikos in Greece.

The visitors were appealing for a penalty as early as the third minute when Andre Pinto looked to have handled Steven Caulker's goal-bound effort. However, the referee dismissed the Spurs protests.

Despite Andre Villas-Boas's side enjoying the majority of possession, they struggled to show much attacking spark during the opening 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, their Greek hosts rarely threatened Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.

The away side made the breakthrough 10 minutes before the half-time whistle as Dawson nodded in from Tom Huddlestone's free kick.

Huddlestone nearly doubled their lead towards the end of the half, but his drive was pushed away by Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

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